Archive for June, 2010

June 14th, 2010 - 5:35 pm § in True/Slant

Songs of Summer: Bodega Girls – 'We Are Losers'

Songs of Summer is a guide to the summer’s new tunes that evoke sensations of everyone’s favorite season. Today’s jam is: Bodega Girls – “We Are Losers” Bodega Girls have been toiling away in Boston’s music scene for some time now. Their new single, “W[...]

June 14th, 2010 - 3:17 am § in True/Slant

R.I.P. Jimmy Dean

Country music legend and sausage hawker Jimmy Dean has died. The New York Times reports that his death Sunday evening was unexpected: His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home. She told The Associated Press that he had some health problems but was still fun[...]

June 14th, 2010 - 1:32 am § in True/Slant

Extra Life: Beyond Comparison

Some musicians flounder when asked to create and perform new material on short notice. Extra Life frontman Charlie Looker isn’t one of them. In 2006, Looker was asked to perform a solo set at The Stone in the East Village. Looker didn’t have any solo material, as he’d been spending his nights [...]

June 8th, 2010 - 3:06 am § in True/Slant

Can 11,000 Zooey Deschanel fans be wrong?

Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion fits approximately 11,000 people. That is, unless there is a free She & Him show. The Pavilion has 4,000 fixed seats, and the lawn fits about 7,000 people. When She & Him performed at Millennium Park’s concert pavilion Monday, the number of[...]

June 7th, 2010 - 4:09 pm § in True/Slant

The 'We Con the World' video: A blockade to peace

Someone out there thinks that it’s a perfect time for a music video making fun of those who died on the Gaza flotilla. Jerusalem Post deputy editor Caroline Glick for one. So do the people at Latma, a Hebrew-based “satire” site that Glick happens to edit. That partnership happened [...]

June 4th, 2010 - 2:36 am § in True/Slant

Music and the Media, Part 4: 'The Man' vs. The Music

A massive argument amongst indie music bloggers spilled over Twitter on Thursday. Or, in real terms, a blip on Twitter’s scanner brought up some pretty big concepts about how new music is transmitted dispersed online, and right from the keyboards of a few “big” name indie bloggers.[...]

June 3rd, 2010 - 1:14 am § in True/Slant

Paul Simon or family?

On May 23, Paul Simon performed “The Boxer” to a packed house. About six or seven minutes after Simon took to the mic, the crowd arose and applauded the acoustic showman. It was like any other concert one can imagine. Except it wasn’t any old musical performance. It wasn’t ev[...]

June 2nd, 2010 - 1:44 am § in True/Slant

From the archive: Wolf Eyes

An assignment. The thrill of that first assignment. It was the fall of 2004, and I’d just taken what felt like a real assignment. I had to travel to New York to interview the noise trio Wolf Eyes. I was a freshman at Brandeis University in the ‘burbs of Boston and Wolf Eyes had recently [...]

June 1st, 2010 - 12:55 am § in True/Slant

ROFL: M.I.A.'s response to the New York Times article

OMG! On Sunday, M.I.A. posted da “truff” about that New York Times profile on the blinged-out N.E.E.T. blog. So what is the real truth behind Lynn Hirschberg’s article? Well, it’s not all that different than what Hirschberg wrote – just tossed up on a tacky, borderline-[...]

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