Archive: Please Explain

Please Explain To Me ... Grizzly Bear

The only time I saw Grizzly Bear, I was literally bored to tears. (I yawned so much that tears did start to roll down my cheeks.) Two years later, the band can do no wrong. But I'm still baffled. (Click that first link for Pitchfork's 9.0 review. Why does...

By David Malitz | May 26, 2009; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (8)

I Watched Ray LaMontagne on 'SNL'

Man, what was that? Seriously, what was that??? I'll admit that before Saturday I had never bothered to actually listen to him because, well, just look at the dude. You've heard one beard act, you've heard them all. Also, as Chris Richards was reviewing his most recent album we...

By David Malitz | March 9, 2009; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

Please Explain To Me ... Jane's Addiction

Nothing's shocking. Not even that suspender/gloves combo. One of the bigger rock tours this summer promises to be the Nostalgiapalooza tour with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction, who will attempt to relive the summer of 1991. Trent Reznor announced the plans for the tour on his Web site last...

By David Malitz | February 25, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (14)

Please Explain To Me ... Usher's New Name

So our inboxes are being flooded with press releases about all kinds of Inauguration-related activities, particularly Sunday's big concert at the Lincoln Memorial. And there's one thing that's driving me crazy about each one of these e-mails, and no, it's not that Sheryl Crow is prominently involved. It's that when...

By David Malitz | January 14, 2009; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

Please Explain To Me ... Year-End-List Lobbying

The messages started to arrive in late October, just as I was digging my way out from under the avalanche of fourth-quarter releases. The first one was from a publicist at EMI Music. Subject: EMI Music Year-End List Dear Editors and Writers, It's been a year full of fun and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 16, 2008; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (5)

Ten Popular Acts From 2008 That People Won't Admit To Liking By 2011*

* If not sooner. 1. Katy Perry 2. MGMT 3. Justice 4. Duffy 5. Kimya Dawson/Moldy Peaches 6. Leona Lewis 7. Girl Talk 8. Sara Bareilles 9. Bon Iver 10. Jonas Brothers...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 16, 2008; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (5)

Please Explain to Me ... Jenny Lewis

"Don't you hate pants?!" (Press Here Publicity). Now if J. Freedom were writing this it might be called, "Please Explain to Me ... How Somebody Whose First Solo Album I Loved Could Do Something SO Insipid." And for the sake of this argument I'll mostly stick to "Acid Tongue,"...

By David Malitz | September 23, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (10)

Photo-Caption Contest: The Killers

Island Def Jam just announced the details of a new Killers album: "Day & Age," out Nov. 25, produced by dance-music dude Stuart Price, first single 'Human," etc etc etc. What really struck me about the release, though, was the band's new publicity photo: It's ... um ... well ......

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 15, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (13)

Please Explain to Me ... Rage Against The Machine

Bore, bore, yes ya gonna bore me. It's convention time, so why not try to find some cross section between politics and music? In this case, I'm going see if anyone can convince me that Rage Against the Machine isn't one of the worst bands in the history of...

By David Malitz | August 25, 2008; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (16)

The Photo Malitz Doesn't Want You To See

From L to R, Kevin, David, Joe and Nick Jonas. (Kyle Gustafson for TWP)...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 25, 2008; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (10)

Please Explain to Me ... Concert T-Shirts

So I'm with birthday boy Klimek outside the Coldplay show last night, and we see a guy at Chipotle wearing a Viva La Vida T-shirt, presumably purchased (for $35) at an earlier stop on the tour. Fancy that. I've never been a concert-tee guy myself, having purchased exactly one in...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 4, 2008; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (21)

Please Explain to Me ... Girl Talk

He has no idea what Ian Snell's problem is. Girl Talk is Gregg Gillis, a fine lad from Pittsburgh who can often be seen sporting a Pirates cap. (See right, go Bucs!) He's also one of the hottest names on the indie circuit thanks to his mashups that the...

By David Malitz | July 29, 2008; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Please Explain to Me ... Kenny Chesney

No shoes, no shirt, plenty popular. It's been a few months since we rolled out this feature by asking you, the Post Rock readers/ interlopers/ commenters/ hecklers, to explain the worthiness and appeal of My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless." Decent idea, apparently, as one of my favorite music blogs recently...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 18, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (54)

Please Explain to Me ... My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless'

In the wake of yesterday's supposedly mindblowing announcement of All Tomorrow's Parties New York (which is basically the indie-rock version of an overpriced baseball old-timers camp, only instead of Joe Pepitone and Bobby Richardson reliving past glories you've got Doug Martsch and John McEntire doing the same), I thought...

By David Malitz | April 23, 2008; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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