Presidents of the United States of America
Death Cab for Cutie
Eli "Paperboy" Reed
All photos (c) Carina Mastrocola
It's a wrap: the 2008 Best Music Poll Concert is in the books, and as far as we know, no one died of hypothermia. Fuck, was it cold.
DOWNLOAD: Soul Clap, "Great White Hope Vol. 3" (mp3)
Charlie and Eli’s Soul Clap house parties have been destroying bars for a couple of years now, but they just got around to putting out their 12-inch debut, “The Giraffe” (courtesy of AirDrop, and on yellow vinyl, no less!). Soft-footed, veldt-snooping vloops! of melody frame a minimalist-techno safari on wax.
This week in the fishwrap, James Parker interviews Bad Religion's Greg Graffin and Harvard's humanist chaplain, Greg Epstein, en route to digging into the farce that is Ben Stein's Expelled. As it happens, Graffin was on hand last week to collect a "lifetime achievement award" in Humanism from Epstein's organization, and we toddled along with our camera to bring you some clips.
It was just a couple of months ago that the Mission of Burma dudes threw down at Great Scott during their "Burma for Burma" show to draw attention to the abuses visited on the people of Burma by the military junta that's ruled the country for about the past quarter-century. With the death toll topping 25,000 (and possibly headed closer to 50k) in the horrific aftermath of a once-in-a-generation cyclone, we asked Burma's Roger Miller -- now on tour with one of his other band, the Alloy Orchestra -- for his thoughts.
If you were listening to the radio somewhere in the South -- say, like Disneyworld, in March -- you might begin to think that Trina is as big a star as Rihanna, which in Central Florida and elsewhere she probably is. It's still weird to us that a station like Jam'n, which treated Lil Wayne's psychedelic deathfolk oddity "I Feel Like Dying" as if it were a pop hit, doesn't pick up on something as mainstream-friendly as his ex-girlfriend Trina's "Single Again," which you could hear blasting from every car stereo and bodega window from Naples to Orlando.
DOWNLOAD: Destruct-A-Thon, "Consume With Incisor" (mp3)Duncan Wilder Johnson has been honing his metal geekdom for a couple of decades longer than he's been sharpening his metal chops, but it’s hard to argue with Destruct-A-Thon, a band who take their cues from culty New England rowdies like Scissorfight and Sam Black Church.