When Space Tigers spoke with Washington City Paper in July, the band was all giggles—understandable, really, given that its music spills over with childish glee. The group makes stripped-down art folk that could come from another dimension, the sort of playful, repetitive songs that Animal Collective wrote before its ambitions ballooned to underwater-amphitheater scale. At times, [...]
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Merriweather Post Pavilion
I'm pretty sure I tried to call Merriweather Post Pavilion "Record of the year" back in January, when I reviewed it, but City Paper managing editor Andrew Beaujon argued that this statement might be a tad premature, given that '09 still had 11 months left to go. But here we are in [...]
After reading my critique of Pitchfork’s P2K: The Decade in Music list in City Paper's Music in Review issue, a friend commented that “sometimes I don't know what's more cliché: reading Pitchfork or complaining about Pitchfork.” Reductionist arguments like that are easy swipes, but they speak to the incessant griping, legitimate or [...]
Music fans paid close attention when the influential review Web site Pitchfork dropped its P2K: The Decade in Music list this August. But readers shouldn't put too much stock in it, writes Matt Siblo in our Music in Review issue. The list, he says, merely reaffirms the site's clout and critical authority:
A glance at the [...]
Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City is one of the best books of the year. So sayeth me; so sayeth the sage critterpoos at the New York Times, who include Lethem's eighth novel in their holiday gift guide. (Speaking of guides, check out ours!) While a good friend of mine alleges that Chronic City, which is about [...]
Elvis Costello: "The Crooked Line"
It's hard to tell what's more shocking here: the twangy vibe, or the fact that Elvis Costello is singing about love without sounding poisonous and bitter. "The Crooked Line," snatched from his upcoming record Secret, Profane, & Sucarcane, finds Costello going full-on country for the first time since King of America [...]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "Zero (Animal Collective Remix)"
Animal Collective takes a whack at Yeah Yeah Yeah’s latest single and, surprise, it’s out with the synthesizer and in with the rainstick. Strangely enough, it works: The remix strays so far from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s original vision that it takes on a new, Discovery Store-approved, life of its [...]
DCist rightfully snarked on Gawker's snarking about how D.C. is not cool. The Gawker rant, "Cheer Up, DC Will Never Bo Cool," just isn't serious enough to merit much attention.
But this point was sorta dead on:
"Sure, 30 years ago DC had Bad Brains and Minor Threat, and today it still has, uh, Ian Svenonius (the [...]
Baltimore City Paper recently (well, a week ago) posted this Q&A with Ben Allen, the Atlanta-based engineer who worked on Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion (which we reviewed in this week's Washington City Paper). Allen—who spent most of his career working in hiphop and R&B—can probably be credited with bringing most of the low-end [...]
In a good way, indie rock got smaller in 2008.
D.C. rediscovered its love for vinyl (the story of the year is the resurgence of the mom-and-pop record store). A neighborhood—Mount Pleasant—stood up against anti-live-music NIMBYs. Even a local band or two seemed to surprise all of us (Deleted Scenes).
There's a new underground, a real underground, [...]