I planned to let
the Grammys slide this year. After all, the show has become – or always
has been, really – an overblown celebration of unabashed mediocrity. When
people, including my mother, suggest that I should tune in because I’m a music
critic, I want to spoon their brains out with a melon baller.
Not even Lil
Wayne’s gaining exalted Grammy status drove me over the immediate edge, and I
hate that dude.
It’s been a busy few months over at the venerable Camp Street Studios in Cambridge. Wasilla’s finest, Portugal. The Man, have just wrapped up a big heap of recordings, local guitar hero John Powhida has just recorded and released his The Kiku EP through their imprint, and this week, Camp Street will release the new full-length solo outing from former Six Going On Seven (yes we’re gonna go ahead and call him a) heartthrob Joshua English.
1. “LET IT WHIP,” DAZZ BAND [SUPER SOUL TRAIN ANTHEM]2. “LOVE WHIP,” REVEREND HORTON HEAT [S&M, TEXAS-STYLE]3. “THE WHIP,” THE ETHIOPIANS [SWEET MELODIES FROM JAMAICA]4. “WHIP IT,” DEVO [DEVOLUTION LOVE]5. “WHEN THE WHIP COMES DOWN,” THE ROLLING STONES [TAKE-IT-OR-LEAVE-IT RELATIONSHIP ADVICE]
Dave Combs, the editor of PEEL Magazine, was in the cab carrying Shepard Fairey and his wife Amanda from his hotel to the ICA on Friday night, where Shepard was about to DJ a sold-out party to celebrate the opening of his blockbuster exhibit "Supply and Demand." Combs just posted a first-hand account of the arrest, and he surmises that Boston police had actually planned to arrest Fairey in much more public fashion.
1. Carrie Underwood's guitarist.
2. Kanye's hair.
3. MIA, MIA's baby, MIA's baby dress.
4. Thom Yorke's dancing.
5. Mallpunk. Don't just thank Blink-182. Also remember to thank your higher being of choice.
1. Coldplay's outfits
For a couple months, our colleague Mike Miliard has been playing audio clips of Barack Obama's audiobook reading of Dreams From My Father around the office, to universal hilarity. We finally convinced him to blog about it -- which in the past 24 hours has ignited another indelible web meme. The mp3 files of Barack channeling his friend Ray -- and also his younger, more profane self -- have been Reddited, reposted, YouTubed, YTMND'd, waxy'd, and Farked
The idea that several hundred newspapers would carry the report of Lux Interior's death would likely have left the Cramps' eternally ghoulish lead singer reeling from a mix of amusement and horror -- in other words, he would have occupied an emotional state very close to the one experienced by anyone who had just come across the Cramps' music for the first time.
Andy Milk of local power-trio extraordinaire the Vital Might has been scoping out Buddhism lately, and it’s leaking into his lyrics. According to Milk, “Saturday” — a song off their brand new Red Planet — is all about leaving bad habits behind (“staying up all night doing bad things, chasing after money/success, etc.
If the words "new Andrew W. K. song" don't automatically set your mouse a-clicking, then I'm not sure what to tell you. It's even got the word "party" in its title; what else do you need to know, exactly?
W. K., now contractually permitted to release albums in the US and soon to be seen on Adult Swim, will release a two-disc retrospective album later this year.
1. THE BEACH BOYS, "CALIFORNIA GIRLS"
2. CHUBBY CHECKER, "THE TWIST"
3. THE BEATLES, "I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND"
4. THE ROLLING STONES, "(I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION"
5. LITTLE EVA, "THE LOCO-MOTION"
DJ E-Marce spins ’50s and ’60s dance-party classics with Chris Devlin for “Ice Cream Social” at Great Scott this Tuesday, February 10.
And a 1975
Black Oak Arkansas t-shirt could be yours.Venerable Memphis
indie label and store Goner Records
has been releasing titles by punk/garage acts such as the Oblivians, Guitar
Wolf, the Reigning Sound, Jay Reatard, King Khan & BBQ, and Eddy Current Suppression Ring since 1993.