Archive: June 28, 2009 - July 4, 2009

Tony Bennett: Live Last Night

By Chris Klimek We'll just get this out of the way, music lovers: Tony Bennett is, er, classic. As in: He was discovered by one Bob Hope. He's got more years onstage than all the guys in Animal Collective put together. His guest appearance on "The Simpsons" was way...

By David Malitz | July 4, 2009; 7:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Spoon, Wale, Dinosaur Jr.: Really Quick Spins

A quick catch up on some notable releases from the past couple weeks. Tomorrow's a holiday so we'll (yeah, still in denial) see you back here on Monday, when we'll (actually with other people) be ranking some Sonic Youth records. Spoon - "Got Nuffin" An out-of-nowhere Spoon EP? Yes, please....

By David Malitz | July 2, 2009; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Summer Entertaining - Party Playlists

So today's Home section is all about summer entertaining. The fine folks at Home asked me to come up with some playlists for a variety of different parties. I'm more likely to camp out for Grizzly Bear tickets than to host a party, but it was a fun task. The...

By David Malitz | July 2, 2009; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Raekwon Returns (Soon); Strictly Bluegrass = Totally Awesome; Drake Debuts Video, Signs Deal

Headlines: There will not be a viewing of Michael Jackson's body at Neverland Ranch tomorrow. Instead, it looks like the funeral will be on Tuesday at the Staples Center. And what will be at the Staples Center on Wednesday, you ask? Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey's Circus, of course....

By David Malitz | July 2, 2009; 7:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Remaining VMo FreeFest Tickets: Good vs. Evil

Updated 5:54 p.m. with statement on secondary market sales. This summer's Virgin Mobile FreeFest is making it really hard to be a grumpy, contrarian blogger. By now you know that it's a legitimately free affair -- no hidden costs, no service charges, free parking, all that. Not surprisingly, tickets were...

By David Malitz | July 1, 2009; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Hank III: Live Last Night

By Juli Thanki In 1949, country music legends Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams toured together, bringing honky tonk to the masses. Sixty years later, their kinfolk are stepping up to fill some pretty big cowboy boots. Shelton Hank Williams III could be his grandfather's doppelganger if it weren't for...

By David Malitz | July 1, 2009; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pour One Out for Vibe; King of Pop Reigns on Billboard Charts; U2 Kicks Off World Tour

Headlines: So did J. Freedom ditch the whole music writing thing at the right time or what? The big news of the day was the abrupt end of Vibe, the hip-hop magazine. While it's hard to call the demise of any dead-tree publication a total shock these days, there...

By David Malitz | July 1, 2009; 8:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

Just Another Word For ... Nothing Left to Write?

Headlines: You won't have me to kick around anymore; today is my last day in pop critic's chair at The Post. After four years and three too many Jonas Brothers stories, I'm getting a new gig. After taking paternity leave, I'll be joining a new special-ops enterprise reporting team...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 30, 2009; 6:54 AM ET | Comments (10)

Tiny Vipers: Live Last Night

Before Jesy Fortino, the Seattle singer-songwriter who goes by Tiny Vipers, even started her set Sunday night at the Red and the Black, people were already sitting on the club's floor. It made sense. Fortino herself performed sitting in a chair and her winding, longform, ethereal acoustic ruminations can...

By David Malitz | June 29, 2009; 3:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Michael Jackson: A Weekend of Rememberances, Reporting, Tributes, Condolences and Controversy

Headlines: So, where to begin? How about with one of the more interesting flashbacks I've seen from the critical class, this one authored by Robert Hilburn, the longtime former Los Angeles Times music scribe. Uncle Bob had plenty of dealings with Jackson over the years, but their final conversation...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 29, 2009; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

Pat Martino: Live Last Night

Long before he became a world renowned jazz virtuoso, guitarist Pat Martino was a sideman in small combos that prominently featured the Hammond B-3 organ. He's never lost his affection for that particular group dynamic, nor his quiet flair for moving back and forth between the roles of supporting...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 28, 2009; 5:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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