Archive: Old Favorite Thing

Bill Callahan's Cold-Blooded Clarity

(Photo by Milica Wren) Back when I was a little, little kid one of my favorite songs was "Talkin' Baseball," otherwise known as "Willie, Mickey and the Duke." It's sort of like "We Didn't Start the Fire," except only about baseball and not excruciatingly awful. Willie, Mickey and the Duke...

By David Malitz | June 15, 2009; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

A Mixtape and a Cigarette: The Ballad of Comet Gain

There's a word Comet Gain uses in its lyrics more than any other band: mixtape. Now you may think, Mixtape? That's kind of a silly thing to sing about. And you might be right. But it's not silly for Comet Gain to sing about. Because in the land of Comet...

By David Malitz | April 8, 2009; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cheap Top 5: Nirvana Songs

In today's paper I reviewed "Dark Was the Night," the new "intellectual indie" collection from the folks at Red Hot. The AIDS charity has been releasing compilations for the last two decades, and if you went to high school in the '90s -- or even if you didn't -- "No...

By David Malitz | February 17, 2009; 05:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Can You Name 10 Songs Better Than This One? No, You Can't.

News of Estelle Bennett's passing today at the age of 67 serves as a sad excuse to talk about one of the best songs ever, the Ronettes' "Be My Baby." You've got the greatest drumbeat there is, Phil Spector's incomparable Wall of Sound at its most imposing, a stunning vocal...

By David Malitz | February 13, 2009; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (5)

Who Doesn't Like Bob Marley?

J. Freedom's got a story in today's paper about a Bob Marley photo exhibition at Govinda Gallery. It's a good read -- particularly entertaining because the photographer, David Burnett, had no idea who Bob Marley was when he was given the assignment from Time magazine in 1976. More than...

By David Malitz | February 10, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (10)

Old Favorite Thing: Sleater-Kinney, "Get Up"

Now that it's the last year of the decade, we can start preparing ourselves for the barrage of end-of-the-'00s lists that will start cropping up any day now. ("Merriweather Post Pavilion," album of the decade! I don't even think I'm kidding right here.) Radiohead will likely be crowned band of...

By David Malitz | January 8, 2009; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Old Favorite Thing: Nick Lowe - "So It Goes"

After all the mediocrity, at best, contained in the latest Live Last Night, On TV, I figured I'd end the week with a winning TV performance, even if it did take place 30 years ago. This is just a perfect song by a guy who's written his fair share...

By David Malitz | October 3, 2008; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Old Favorite Thing: Nirvana - "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam"

A couple nights ago I saw the Meat Puppets at the 9:30 club and it wasn't pretty. And I don't just mean Cris Kirkwood's teeth. (Or hair. Or clothes.) Definitely one of the worst sets I've seen this year, up there with Islands and the Child Ballads disaster. At least...

By David Malitz | September 25, 2008; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (7)

Old Favorite Thing: Vol. 2, No. 1: "Mississippi," John Phillips

After the (awesome) aural assault of Times New Viking last night, I needed something decidedly mellower for the car ride home. Not mid-'90s Low mellow, just something relaxing that would make for nice windows-down driving late on a pleasant summer night. So I went with one of my go-to albums...

By David Malitz | June 26, 2008; 06:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Old Favorite Thing: Vol. 1, No. 1: "Pictures of Me," Elliott Smith

A few nights ago I broke out Elliott Smith's "Either/Or" for the first time in a long while. Back in the day I was a very, very devoted Elliott Smith fan. He's one of only three performers I've traveled out of state on multiple occasions to see, for those keeping...

By David Malitz | February 13, 2008; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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