Arts Roundup: The Last Edition
Winning Fragrance: PopMatters named The Caribbean's album Discontinued Perfume as the top indie-pop LP of 2011, beating more notable groups like Architecture in Helsinki, Girls, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Of The Caribbean, PopMatters wrote, "Like scientists, they’re quietly experimenting, but like journalists or novelists, they sing of ordinary people who, of course, aren’t really that ordinary and their life crises, which resonate strongly with our own." Or, as Ryan Little put it in his February review, "the perils of being in the business of creating."
Like Cylons, But Poppier: We haven't really heard from Exit Clov in a while, but the kaleidoscopic new wave group recently posted the video for "The Hate," the fourth track on their 2010 album Memento Mori. In the video, singer-keyboardist-violinist Emily Hsu is a robot who clones herself a new copy, played by her sister and fellow vocalist-instrumentalist Susan Hsu. The rest of the band plays government agents in hot pursuit.
Bagels and Disagreement: Last week, Chris Richards hated, hated, hated Mac Miller's show at Fillmore Silver Spring. Apparently, Richards received a lot of emails in agreement, but he also got "one of the most thoughtful rebuttals I’ve ever received," from a 14-year-old who was also at the show and had a much different reaction." Rockville resident Nora Wahlbrink tells Richards, "In your piece, you make it seem like he only raps about stupid stuff and never says anything with deeper meaning." It gets pretty thorough from there.
Money-Loser Can't Be Stopped: The revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies started at the Kennedy Center, where it did kind of OK. Since September it's been on Broadway, where it's lost a bunch of money. It's going to Los Angeles next, where it will open May 9.
Today on Arts Desk: Second chances on D.C. arts grants; second chances for old Travis Morrison songs.