Highlights from this week's music pile:
"I guess I always had a kind of fantasy of being, you know, a modern composer — not like I can really pull that off or anything."
-- Julian Casablancas, talking to the Phoenx about his new solo record
"There are a few words I did not expect to use in describing Vampire Weekend's second album. Paul-Simony-er is one of them, but that's mostly because it's not a real word. Another is aggressive."
-- Michael Brodeur, reviewing Vampire Weekend's Contra
"I've made my living in music, but academe is my
first love," [Britney] Spears announced in a press conference on the steps of her
Louisiana home. Spears, who completed a doctorate in classics at Brown
University between world tours, will be the youngest instructor in Bryn
Mawr's classical-studies faculty.
-- David Thorpe, adding a 76th to the "Top 75 Bulls#!t Britney Stories" of 2009
"I don't feel like this record is optimistic at
all. It's more depressing than the first one, honestly. It's pretty
-- The Dutchess and the Duke's Jesse Lortz, speaking on D&D's new Sunset/Sunrise
PLUS: Reviews of KEI$HA, DJ MEHDI, LAZLO SUPREME, and an advance preview of Boston's 8-Bit Festival