Archive: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Amadou & Mariam: Fluent In Pop Globalism

Guitarist/vocalist Amadou Bagayoko and singer Mariam Doumbia are a blind married couple from Mali who just so happen to make some of the world's most irresistibly funky music. Their latest album is the marvelous if somewhat misleadingly titled "Welcome to Mali," on which they proudly fly the globalist pop...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 5, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Krist Novoselic For Wahkiakum Co. Clerk; The 2010 Grammy For Best Polka Album Goes To ... Nobody!

Headlines: Krist Novoselic is running for elected office. Only, not really. The ex-Nirvana bassist filed papers to run for Wahkiakum County Clerk, in the southwest part of Washington state that he now calls home. But it's a publicity stunt, he says, designed to draw attention to a flaw in...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 5, 2009; 8:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Virgin Festival Predictions? Sure, Why Not?

Saw this come across the Twitter feed today: thesonicyouth at in Vancouver July 26 @ Virgin Fest. info at sonicyouth..com I was all, "Sonic Youth are not very careful typists" and then I thought, well if the alt-rock godfathers are playing one of Canada's 239 V-Fests, maybe they'll play the...

By David Malitz | June 4, 2009; 2:53 PM ET | Comments (3)

Joe Jonas Shouts Out All the 'Single Ladies'; #philspector Was A Phony; R.I.P. Koko Taylor

Headlines: Joe Jonas shouldaputa unitard and heels on much, much sooner. Good look for him, even if Justin Timberlake got there months and months ago with his own Beyonce tribute/spoof. And Timberlake, unlike Jonas, actually knew the words to "Single Ladies." ... So yeah, that Phil Spector Twitter account...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 4, 2009; 8:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wale's 'Chillin'': Video of the Day

After a series of false starts (=unauthorized leaks of unfinished versions), Wale's "Chillin'" video has finally landed online, just in time for tonight's big 9:30 club show. Note the D.C. landmarks (Ben's Chili Bowl, Universal Madness, Cardozo High School, Slim Charles, the obligatory overhead shot of the Capitol and Mall)....

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 3, 2009; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

White Rabbits: Live Last Night

There was a simple lesson to be learned from Tuesday night's White Rabbits show at the Rock and Roll Hotel: A little extra percussion goes a long way. Almost every song the Brooklyn six-piece indie-rock band played during its sharp, succinct 50-minute set featured a little extra banging, whether...

By David Malitz | June 3, 2009; 2:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

#philspector, Everybody's Favorite New Pen Pal; Andre 3000 on 2009 Rap; Roger Waters on Walls

Headlines: Is Phil Spector Twittering from the clink? Maybe. A new account in Spector's name has been activated, and whomever is behind it is Twittering like mad, about prison life and music and much, much more. A sampling: "There's a weird looking spider in here with 'don't [expletive] with...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 3, 2009; 7:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

You Will Soon Have Wale's 'Attention.' (Maybe)

If the buzz surrounding Wale seems like it's been building forever, that's because it has. Two years ago -- an eternity in the digital music era -- a Post headline dubbed the Bowie-based rapper who is bidding to become the region's first national star "The Great Rap Hope." Since...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 2, 2009; 10:18 PM ET | Comments (2)

Grizzly Bear: I Turn My Camera On

Grizzly Bear played to a sold-out 9:30 club last night. Kyle Gustafson was there with his camera. He did not get one of those cupcakes that Ed Droste handed out. But he did get some nice photos. You can see them below. Commentary provided by Tweeters. The verdict? "Amazing." tr1cky...

By David Malitz | June 2, 2009; 3:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virgin Mobile Festival Announcement . . .

"Coming soon," according to the official VMoFest web site. Artists who won't be on the festival bill: Stone Temple Pilots (Merriweather Post, July 19); Green Day (Verizon Center, July 29); The Killers (Merriweather Post, Aug. 31); Depeche Mode (Nissan, July 28); Kid Rock (Nissan, Aug. 1); No Doubt (Nissan, June...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 2, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

Paul and Ringo Come Together For Their 'Rock Band'; Pearl Jam on Target; Em Was In on Joke

Headlines: Meet the surviving members of the Beatles. (And their former bandmates' widows.) Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr made a brief appearance at the E3 video-game trade conference in Los Angeles yesterday to promote "The Beatles: Rock Band," which is due out in September. "Whoever thought we'd end up...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 2, 2009; 7:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Future of the Left: Every Minute Matters

Consider yourself lucky. Chances are you missed out on McLusky. The Welsh trio was the mightiest band of its day. It made three albums of sinister, biting, bone-jarring tunes, including 2002's flawless "McLusky Do Dallas." The problem was that people didn't catch onto the band's greatness until the band...

By David Malitz | June 1, 2009; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (3)

Merriweather Post: Now w/21% More Distractions

Why was Gilby Clarke signing a Guns N' Roses pinball machine at Merriweather Post today? Because he heard venue operator-promoter I.M.P. was bringing 9:30 Club Specialty Cupcakes for breakfast! Actually, I.M.P. was introducing a bunch of "enhancements" at the amphitheater in Columbia, including something called the Music Pinball Hall...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 1, 2009; 1:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Eminem 'Enraged' About Becoming the Butt of Bruno's Joke; Was Jimi Hendrix Murdered?

Headlines: Sascha Baron Cohen knows from publicity stunts. Eminem, who loves to dish it out, may not know how to take it. (Or maybe he was in on the joke all along?) Anyway, showing up to present an award the MTV Music Awards as BrĂ¼no, his flamboyantly gay Austrian...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 1, 2009; 7:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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