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 led by Marc Fisher.

The Post is in the process of hiring my successor in Style; call your bookmaker to place a bet on who will get the gig. But it won't be Chris Cilizza, even though he's called it his "dream job." (Conflating the Fix with the Fixx perhaps?)

Meanwhile, Malitz will be flying solo on the blog, which isn't all that different than the way things have worked here in the past. Expect to read lots and lots about Kurt Vile and Double Dagger.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite links from the past four years. Think of it as my own, personal best-of -- and yeah, one last act of self-indulgence. Hey, it's what we do around here.


Favorite profile subject: Brian Wilson. It wasn't easy to write about the troubled pop genius, but I really enjoyed the challenge.

Not too far behind: Dolly. Who doesn't love Dolly? Even if she wouldn't let me wear her wig.

Best (worst?) correction: "Because of a typographical error, a story on the Virgin Festival in the Aug. 6 Style section referred to Girl Talk's Greg Gillis as a one-trick phony instead of a one-trick pony."

Favorite concert review: Jay-Z at Rams Head Live.

Silliest review of the silliest concert: Pretty Ricky at DAR.

Best concert: Bruce Springsteen at Nissan.

Most memorable concert in a monsoon: Radiohead at Nissan.

Most disappointing concert by a band whose music I actually liked: The National at the 9:30 club.

Most overused writing tic: "For those about to mock, Dewey Cox salutes you." Or, uh: "For those about to jig, [Martin] O'Malley salutes you! Or, um: "For those about to rock, we sweat all over you." And: "For those about to sing, the commander in chief salutes you!" (Hat tip to Chris Richards, who totally called me out on this. Ris, I salute you!)

Favorite Q&A subject: Keef.

Runner-up: Willie.

Most gifted wordsmith who is not particularly generous with words when you actually get to talking: James McMurtry. Truly killer songs, though.

On the other hand: Taylor Swift! (More)

Also kinda awesome, in a weird way: System of a Down's Daron Malakian.

Biggest consumer of haterade in the blogosphere: Vinyl Mine Clip Shack.

Biggest waste of time: The Kevin Federline stakeout.

Second biggest waste of time: Janet Jackson's nothingburger of a press conference.

Most awesome comment ever posted by a story subject: Faux Mick Jagger takes exception to my Fake Fest story.

Top lead: "Don't hate James Blunt because he's beautiful. Hate him because he sounds like his underwear is three sizes too small."

Top kicker (in a review of Willie Nelson's regrettable reggae album): "File under Jamaica mistake."

Worst-aging review I've ever written: The "Juno" soundtrack, with its Jan. 24, 2008, expiration date.

Two local stars I could have talked to until there was no air left in the room: Herb Fame and Tom Paxton.

Most memorable outburst from medium-level dull people, ever:: The Coldplay backlash. (Zzzzzz.)

Most awesome photo with a celeb: Malitz, the missing Jonas Brother.

Best wingnut response to something I wrote: L. Brent Bozell's rant about my small-town country songs story. Because, you know, I clearly have a problem with country music's practioners and followers.

Simply the best: Johnny Cash.

Best collection of reader feedback: From the outraged JoBro fans. Of course.


Thanks for playing. It's been fun. All of it.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  June 30, 2009; 6:54 AM ET Morning Mix
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J. Free, it's been fun, and I'll miss the chats most of all.

Posted by: Hemisphire | June 30, 2009 10:44 AM

Have your clothes dried out yet from the Radiohead show? :-)

Best of luck with your new gig, at home and at the Post.

Posted by: SSMD1 | June 30, 2009 10:51 AM

J. Free, I'm so bummed you're leaving. First Tom the Butcher, now you?

I've loved reading your stories and interviews. I don't want to stroke your ego but man, you are one of my favorite writers at the Post and you certainly deserve all the good things that are coming to you. Good luck with your new family and your new gig!

Posted by: around | June 30, 2009 10:55 AM

Thanks for the columns. Always looked forward to reading your stuff, J.

Posted by: TCarlin5 | June 30, 2009 11:17 AM


You'll be missed J. Good luck with the new gig.

Posted by: EricS2 | June 30, 2009 11:50 AM

For those about to join a vaguely defined enterprise led by Marc Fisher, we salute you. And still expect to see an annual top-10 list from you.

Posted by: bw111 | June 30, 2009 12:37 PM

Thanks for holding it down around here. Looking forward to seeing some stuff from your new gig. Feel free to stop back in every once in a while to harass Malitz.

Posted by: goodgravy | June 30, 2009 1:17 PM

Bummer! But I love that you left us with a photo of Tila Tequila. Good luck with the new gig.

Posted by: fellstus | June 30, 2009 1:58 PM

I will miss the diversion, but thanks again for the David Jonas Malitz picture. it makes me smile like a preteen

Posted by: gbethc | July 1, 2009 2:57 PM

Thanks dude. Can we get Dave Segal back now?

Posted by: ana1ana2 | July 6, 2009 2:48 PM

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