Archive: Randomness

When One Of Your Faves Is a Huge Creep

I thought last night couldn't get any more depressing than being there to watch a disinterested Nationals squad get pasted by the Dodgers 14-2. But then I got home and read the news that Mamas and the Papas founder John Phillips was involved in a very, very inappropriate relationship with...

By David Malitz | September 23, 2009; 05:58 PM ET | Comments (3)

Did You Know It's Shark Week?

Of course you did, because you don't live under a rock. Or maybe you do live under a rock. Probably so you DON'T GET EATEN BY A SHARK, which seems to be the leading cause of death in the world today. I decided to dig into my iTunes to...

By David Malitz | August 5, 2009; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (7)

Kurt Vile, Primavera Festival, Benjy Ferree: Friday Time Wasters

It's Friday and it's just absurdly perfect outside so I definitely don't feel like doing any work. So here's what I'm reading/listening to to pass the time. I alluded to it multiple times on this very blog, but it's now official -- Post Rock fave Kurt Vile is the latest...

By David Malitz | May 29, 2009; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

I Can Has Cupcake

Huge IMP announcement today! No, silly, it's not about the 2009 edition of Virgin Mobile Festival that doesn't yet exist on our calendars. It's about the 9:30 Club Specialty Cupcake, which is coming soon to a V Street NW music venue near you because, you know ... nothing says "ROCK-AND-ROLLl!!!!!"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 27, 2009; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tale of the Tape: Psychedelic Horse-Swift

OK, hands raised if you saw both Taylor Swift and Psychedelic Horse[expletive] concerts yesterday. Yeah, that's what I thought. It's always fun to do a tale of the tape when PH is involved -- perhaps you remember last summer when J. Freedom saw Aaron Neville at the Birchmere while...

By David Malitz | April 29, 2009; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

They Played What, Where? Vol. 2, No. 2

Even though I'm the worst eater this side of your picky 6-year-old nephew (my three food groups are: pizza, bagels and pizza bagels), I enjoy watching "Top Chef." Maybe it was a subconscious thing, with the producers constantly using that one background song that's a complete rip-off of Spoon's "I...

By David Malitz | February 12, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Billie Jean is Not My Lover, It's Just the Song That I Can't Get Out of My Head

The title of the post pretty much says it all. It's not like this is a unique phenomenon; everybody gets a song stuck in his or her head once in a while. I wrote about it last time it happened to me, with Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love." But this...

By David Malitz | February 3, 2009; 06:40 PM ET | Comments (7)

They Played What, Where? Vol. 2, No. 1

A video featuring Beyonce's baby sister, Solange, doing a version of "Viva La Vida" landed in my inbox late last night. Which reminded me that I'd heard something truly strange early Sunday afternoon, while walking in downtown Bethesda. A violinist and electric bass player were set up in front of...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 3, 2009; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

Wait, Wasn't This an "SNL" Skit?

By David Malitz | January 15, 2009; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Indie's Weird New Trend

Marnie Stern, a perfect kiss? Marnie Stern is coming to D.C. tomorrow night. Stern is famous (relatively speaking, of course) for a few things. First, for being a female, guitar-shredding indie rocker. It's a weird combo, and while she isn't my favorite, it works better than you might think. Second,...

By David Malitz | November 25, 2008; 04:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Wisdom -- and Weirdness -- of Robyn Hitchcock

Before I saw Little Joy at the Black Cat on Tuesday night I saw Robyn Hitchcock at the Birchmere. I very well may have been the youngest person at one show and the oldest person at the other one. I wish I recorded Hitchcock's show. Not necessarily for the performance,...

By David Malitz | November 20, 2008; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

CMAs: Taylor Swift's Big Night Out

Shock and awwwwww: A self-portrait of Tuesday's big BMI Awards winner. (Taylor Swift for TWP) NASHVILLE -- Taylor Swift had a minor crisis midway through her meal at last night's BMI Awards: Her Shirley Temple was served in a lowball glass that might have given people the impression that the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 12, 2008; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

CMAs: Random Notes From Nashville

Jimmy Wayne: A Nashville star who can quote Fat Boys lyrics! NASHVILLE - The first voice I heard upon arriving at the airport here yesterday was Kellie Pickler's. The "American Idol" dingbat was singing "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" on a video screen at the CMT store, right around...

By J. Freedom du Lac | November 11, 2008; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

Phrases You Will Not See in Tomorrow's Magnetic Fields Review

"Stephin Merritt is a natural frontman" "Merritt seemed to be having a great time up on stage" "Merritt graciously soaked up the applause after each song" "Merritt had no problem opening a plastic wrapper containing a lozenge, and didn't have to give it to cellist Sam Davol to open for...

By David Malitz | October 27, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fleet Foxes Explained

Overheard last night in Food for Thought, a half hour or so before Ra Ra Riot took the stage at the Black Cat: One girl, a few years out of college I'd guess, talking to (well, more like at) her friend: "I haven't had a band crush since I was,...

By David Malitz | October 13, 2008; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Put Me In Coach, I'm Ready To Play ... A Rick Ross Song

When Malitz stumbled upon this database of Major League Baseball at-bat songs on ESPN last week, he had but one response: "Wow wow wow." Couldn't have said it better myself, as it's like the mother lode for music-loving baseball nerds. About the only thing that would improve it might be...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 1, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

Don't Go There: Rules Of The Road Vol. 5

A few words in defense of my concert. (Or not.) The latest additions to our list of things artists should never, ever do in concert were passed along by a Very Special Guest Contributor: Randy Newman. During his terrific concert last night at the Music Center at Strathmore (Klimek review...

By J. Freedom du Lac | September 25, 2008; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Long Awaited Barista Update

Since everyone seemed to enjoy my last tale of talking music with a barista, I figured I'd give you an update. That barista is long gone, but today I once again got the, "Have I ever asked what kind of music you listen to? You're wearing those headphones all the...

By David Malitz | September 18, 2008; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

More From the Chat: It's an Oddity

In yesterday's fun edition of Freedom Rock, there was this little exchange: Silver Spring, Md.: J. Free, What is your absolute, stone-cold favorite track on your iPod... "oddity" division? Mine would have to be Bill Cosby in the late 60s/early 70s covering "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Beats Carl...

By David Malitz | September 17, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (10)

The CNN Graphic I'm Still Waiting To See

"Only 4% of Democrats like country music." Great live-blogging line, by the way, from The Guardian's play-by-play during Barack Obama Day in Denver: "In accordance with US law, they play him out with this horrible country rock song."...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 28, 2008; 11:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

The JoBros Get Waxed

Madame Tussauds is a mad house. We arrive as part of the Jonas Brothers caravan, greeted by shrieks and screams and general mayhem. Since our van is following the JoBros and has tinted windows, some of the girls think we're them. One of them looks into the window and sees...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 18, 2008; 02:26 PM ET | Comments (9)

All Hail The Tweens: JoBros At The White House

Nick, Joe and The Other Jonas at the White House. (All photos: Kyle Gustafson for TWP) My journalism teachers would be so proud. I'm sitting in Helen Thomas's seat awaiting my first White House press briefing. OK, so it's not a press secretary coming out for a briefing about...

By J. Freedom du Lac | August 18, 2008; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (11)

They Played What, Where? Vol. 1, No. 4/Summer Mixtape, Track 11- "Can You Get to That" - Funkadelic

Hearing good music in retail stores has become such a regular occurrence these days that it's pretty much put an end to this feature. Some recent examples include: - Spoon's "The Underdog" in CVS (much better than that damn "Give Me the Beat Boys" Doobies song that makes me want...

By David Malitz | July 14, 2008; 07:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Adventures in Hipster Profiling

I have a very special relationship with my Starbucks baristas. I go to the same store at the same time and order the same thing every day. They see me walk in the door and my drink is ready before I even get to the register. See, the "evil corporations"...

By David Malitz | July 9, 2008; 08:22 AM ET | Comments (31)

Mariah Carey's Curves

Curveball, I mean. (Or was it a slider? [Or maybe a gyroball?]) When Mariah Carey threw out the first pitch before a baseball game in Japan, she kind of missed low and away. Mostly low. Gotta be the shoes. This video represents the funniest sports-music moment since Roger McDowell showed...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 30, 2008; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Go There: Rules of the Road

Shut up and sing! The first in a series of posts in which we provide bands with a laundry list of things they should never, ever do at a concert. 1. Do not talk to the audience before the first song. The lights go down, a cheer goes up, we...

By David Malitz | May 16, 2008; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Solution to the Talking at Shows Problem

Last night I caught Langhorne Slim at Iota (very good, pick up tomorrow's paper for the review). I was standing about five rows from the stage and right in front of me was a small group of people who talked incessantly through the entire show. During songs, between songs, just...

By David Malitz | May 2, 2008; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Prince: King Of Alt-Rock Covers?

A one-man 'Seven Nation Army.' As you most certainly have heard/ read/ seen/ dreamed about/ sworn at yourself for missing/ watched on YouTube before the cease-and-desist letters landed, etc., Prince killed it at Coachella last weekend with a set that included a cover of Radiohead's "Creep." This just a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 2, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (10)

They Sang Whaaaaaaat? Vol. 1, No. 1

Sonic Youth + old people = ohmygod! Caught a screening yesterday of "Young@Heart," a marvelous documentary about a group of singing septuagenarians, octogenarians and nonagenarians from Northampton, Mass., who kick out the jams (or shuffle through them, anyway) on concert stages around the world. The film is loaded with great...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 20, 2008; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

I Was Up Late Watching VH1 Classic and Wrote This Blog So I Wouldn't Feel Quite So Lame About It

There won't be any Two-Minute Man for a couple of weeks since I'll be in Austin and then San Francisco. But rather than leave you without any content about songs that are a few decades old, here are some random thoughts I had while reading Baseball Prospectus and watching the...

By David Malitz | March 11, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (3)

Does This Frighten You?

It is time to get intimate. A few weeks ago Barry Manilow came to the Verizon Center for a performance that was billed as "An Evening of Music and Passion with Barry Manilow." Pretty scary, right? Turns out it's not even the scariest area show this month. That's because...

By David Malitz | February 20, 2008; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (42)

"Which Is The Good Nickelback CD?"

The good Nickelback album? So I'm minding my own business in a record store over the weekend, browsing the used CDs section, debating whether I should fill in my Morrissey back catalogue, when a woman standing next to me asked a question. "Which is the good Nickelback CD?" I...

By David Malitz | February 12, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day: Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton and the sources of her pain. (Rich Lipski TWP) We'll just let the wire copy carry this one. (So to speak.) LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dolly Parton's breasts may be two of the wonders of the world, but the country music icon says they are a pain...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 11, 2008; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

They Played What, Where? Vol. 1, No. 3

WEST HOLLYWOOD - So I'm wandering around the Grammy Style Studio, where presenters, performers and most-likely-to-garner-media-coverage nominees are coming to get their swag on, when I hear the most shocking thing: A (possibly tone-deaf) woman slaughtering the vocal on Radiohead's "Creep." The blood-curdling, pitch-impaired karaoke was coming from a corner,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | February 7, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

They Played What, Where? Vol. 1, No. 2

Was enjoying a spectacular game between the Wiz and Raptors at Verizon Center last night (Dominic McGuire, welcome to the league!) when during a break in action the Wizards Dance Team jogged out to center court for one of their ... routines? Forty-five seconds of semi-coordinated gyrating? Anyway, this usually...

By David Malitz | January 30, 2008; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Music's Big Picture

Just imagine seeing Shane McGowan in 3D on an IMAX screen. Everybody loves the new "U2 3D" movie. So that got us to thinking: What other artists would we like to get the 3D/IMAX treatment? Our picks are below. Feel free to chime in with others. The Pogues -...

By David Malitz | January 25, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bio-Hazard

To paraphrase Marcellus Wallace, band bios only hurt, they never help. At their best, they simply give you some decent reference points as to what the band may sound like. Even then, you basically get a list of revered bands that could release an album of lost D-sides that would...

By David Malitz | January 18, 2008; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (9)

They Played What, Where? Vol. 1, No. 1

Was at the Chinatown Chipotle before a screening of "Charlie Wilson's War" (which, by the way, doesn't have a single Gap Band tune on the soundtrack) when an unlikely song came on the restaurant's sound system: Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." It's a magical tune, featuring some great lines...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 3, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (7)

 

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