Archive: Screeds

Full album concerts do little for us

By the end of November, Bruce Springsteen, the Pixies, Steely Dan and Devo will all have played full-album concerts in D.C. (Illustration by Serge Bloch) In Sunday's Arts & Style section Chris Richards wrote a piece titled "Frozen in their tracks" about the continuing trend that finds bands playing concerts...

By David Malitz | November 14, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (20)

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)

The Glasvegas Dilemma: To Be Bad or Bland?

Are middle-of-the-road bands such as Glasvegas actually worse than bands that are truly incompetent? It's been a while since I wrote a review as negative as the one I gave Glasvegas for the Scottish band's show at the Black Cat last Thursday. Some people think that for a show to...

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

SXSW Leftovers: Talkin' [Expletive] With Psychedelic Horse[expletive]

Psychedelic Horse[expletive], taking no prisoners. As I was talking to Psychedelic Horse[expletive] dude Matt Whitehurst on Thursday night outside of Soho before his band's set at Siltbreeze's SXSW showcase, I knew he was going off. But listening back to it as I was transcribing left me slackjawed and somewhat conflicted....

By David Malitz | March 26, 2009; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

Breaking Up Is Easy to Do

There's a lot of things that I'm gonna miss... (By Michael Schmelling) In a typically cryptic, humorous and odd manner, David Berman announced the end of the Silver Jews late last week. Regular readers know that, well, I sort of liked the Silver Jews. To use one of my...

By David Malitz | January 28, 2009; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Out: Ryan Adams. In: Todd Snider

One of the more interesting music-news items I saw during my paternity demi-leave was about the retirement -- or not -- of Ryan Adams. The prolific y'allternative singer-songwriter hinted on his blog that he was leaving the music world -- though he never actually said he was hanging up his...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 26, 2009; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Kinks - The Most Underrated Revered Band Ever?

On Monday night, I saw Ray Davies at the 9:30 club and it was fantastic. A proper review saying as much should have been in the paper today, but because you cheapskates keep canceling your subscriptions and the actual paper keeps shrinking, creating a space crunch, it got cut. (Or...

By David Malitz | December 10, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (14)

What Axl Could Learn From Angus

So the numbers are in, and "Chinese Democracy" is officially a commercial disappointment in addition to being a mild artistic disappointment. (OK, TWP's review was fairly positive, and the album is sitting at 67 points on Metacritic. But David Cook got 67 points, too! And let's face it: Come March,...

By David Malitz | December 3, 2008; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (11)

Blowin' Lamely In The Wind

The musical low point during Tina Turner's mostly superlative Verizon Center concert last Sunday came during one of her greatest hits: "What's Love Got to Do With It," which sounded like a laughable period piece, thanks to all those cheesy '80s synths. And none of the synth sounds was...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 1, 2008; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

Talk Talk: Toby Keith Unplugged

Toby Keith Covel knows from hits: The country star's new album, "That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy," yields his 14th No. 1 single of the new millennium in "She Never Cried in Front of Me." To non-country fans, of course, the 47-year-old artist is best known for a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | October 31, 2008; 06:51 AM ET | Comments (5)

Who's Ripping Me Off Now?

It started off innocently enough. Back in July, Idolator ran an item titled "Please Explain The Appeal of Ray LaMontagne To Me." Of course, "Please Explain to Me ..." is a regular Post Rock feature, first appearing back in April. But that's a relatively minor transgression. And sorry, Idolator, we...

By David Malitz | October 17, 2008; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (11)

I Don't Listen to My Morning Jacket Anymore Now That They Are Popular

They were only good when he still had long hair. OK, that title is a bit misleading but the basics are true. My Morning Jacket used to be a pretty obscure band. During that time I liked them very much. Now they are a very popular band, one that...

By David Malitz | September 3, 2008; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (11)

Yesterday Was April 8...

So I listened to some Nirvana. It's an annual tradition, my way of marking the day we learned of Kurt Cobain's suicide. Yesterday's selection was a choice bootleg: Halloween, 1991, Seattle's Paramount Theatre. It was Nirvana's homecoming show after the first leg of the "Nevermind" tour, right as the band...

By David Malitz | April 9, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (12)

Why Would You Pay $13 Just To Have a High-Volume Conversation?

The topic of talking at concerts certainly isn't a new one, but you can't help but bring it up every once in a while. Last night I attended a show that made me need to bring it up. I'm not a hardliner. I don't feel that concertgoers need to take...

By David Malitz | January 16, 2008; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (14)

Brian And The Blowfish

From TWP's report on last night's Kennedy Center Honors: [Brian] Wilson got the final set of Honors, a tribute kicked off by a fuzzy-as-ever Art Garfunkel, who described hearing Wilson's music for the first time: "It was this unique, crazy creation: a mix of rock-and-roll and heartfelt prayer." And, er,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 3, 2007; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (10)

Listless

I'm not going to lie to you. I love lists. I love ranking things. Give me a topic - most bitter Dylan songs, best Gilbert Arenas buzzer beaters, even something as stupid, say, as 10 random songs heard on a generic radio station - and I'll give you some rankings....

By David Malitz | November 29, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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