Archive: New (?) Smell

Post Rock is now Click Track

Hey, Post Rock reader. Come on over to Click Track, The Washington Post's new home for all things pop music! More posts, more contributors, more fun, more blathering about Bruce Springsteen whenever he comes to town. If you can imagine such a thing. All of your favorite Post Rock...

By David Malitz | December 16, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sights and sounds from the Beijing underground

Chinese post-punk band P.K. 14 plays at the Velvet Lounge Friday night. (Photos By Matthew Niederhauser/from "Sound Kapital" Courtesy Powerhouse Books) In today's Style section I've got an article that focuses on Matthew Niederhauser, a local photographer who now lives in Beijing and has spent the past two years documenting...

By David Malitz | November 13, 2009; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Out With the (H)Old (Steady), In With the New: Disappears

The Hold Steady played in D.C. last night, but I wasn't there. Been there, seen that, wrote far, far too many words about it. Gotta keep things fresh. And since the Hold Steady had no new album to tour in support of and were already slipping into self-parody, freshness was...

By David Malitz | June 8, 2009; 06:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

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; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (3)

St. Vincent, the War on Drugs, So Cow, Wayne Hancock, more: Acts on the Rise

In Sunday's Style & Arts section, a bunch of us who write those Live Last Night reviews you read on here every day picked some under-the-radar acts coming through D.C. in the next couple months that we think should be on your radar. Catch them now before they get big....

By David Malitz | May 9, 2009; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

New Music: Double Dagger -- 'The Lie/The Truth'

Baltimore's Double Dagger: They're No. 1. (Thrill Jockey Records) Double Dagger is a band I love. L-O-V-E. The Baltimore trio is sort of the antithesis of Glasvegas. The first time I saw Double Dagger was in a cramped basement where two bands (Blackie Knight, represent!) were set up across the...

By David Malitz | April 2, 2009; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Where's My Clipse Mixtape???

Coming back into the office after four days off is never easy. But what was going to make today a little better was the release of "Road to Till the Casket Drops," the latest mixtape from Clipse, only the finest rap group in the world these days. But I've been...

By David Malitz | December 1, 2008; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

"Chinese Democracy" Endurance Test

So last night "Chinese Democracy" started streaming on the Guns N Roses MySpace page. Today I decided to give it a listen, if only to see how long I could last. The answer: about 17 seconds into the second track, "Shackler's Revenge," which absolutely sounds like a song that has...

By David Malitz | November 20, 2008; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (6)

New Favorite Thing: Eddy Current Suppression Ring - "Which Way to Go"

For the past few months I was pretty sure that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!" was going to be my favorite album of the year. Now I'm not even sure that it will be my favorite Australian album of the year. That's because the cumbersomely-named...

By David Malitz | October 2, 2008; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (4)

Best Song of the Year That Sounds Like It's Going to Be "Boys of Summer" For the First 10 Seconds

"Taking the Farm" - The War on Drugs Seriously, doesn't it sound like it's going into Henley territory at the beginning there? But instead it veers off into Bruce-at-his-most-Suicide (the band)-obsessed-ville, which is a good place to be. The Philly band's debut, "Wagonwheel Blues," is one of my most-listened-to albums...

By David Malitz | September 19, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (2)

New Favorite Thing: Vol. 2, No. 1

That 'stache has power. The artist: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds The sound: A slightly demented Australian poet with a heavy Biblical fixation is backed by a half-dozen brilliant musicians who can serve up everything from dark, moody piano ballads to chaotic rock rave-ups. The song: "Dig, Lazarus,...

By David Malitz | January 11, 2008; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Favorite Thing: Vol. 1, No. 1

The artist: Vampire Weekend. The sound: Paul Simon follows David Byrne to the Rhode Island School of Design before trekking to "Graceland." (Or, as Vampire Weekend says on its MySpace page: "We are specialists in ... 'Upper West Side Soweto.'") The song: "Mansard Roof" (though "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" is...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 30, 2007; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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