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February 7th, 2010 - 11:47 pm § in True/Slant

The Music of The Super Bowl

Justin Timberlake ruined the Super Bowl halftime show. And I’m not just referring to the infamous Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show – that being the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” incident. That half-second of “indecent exposure” has resulted in a slew of kinda bl[...]

December 31st, 2009 - 2:55 am § in True/Slant

Music In 2009: A Review

It’s hard to sum up an entire year of pop music in one concise “best of” list. Instead, here’s a tidy little look at some of the highs and lows in pop music over the past year: Hip-Huh?: The New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones declared that hip-hop was dead and upset a lot o[...]

December 10th, 2009 - 6:58 pm § in True/Slant

The Best Free Albums of 2009

The new year is almost here, and with it comes a maelstrom of “End of the Year Lists.” Here on Ex-Spectator, I’ll be rolling out a few “End of the Year”/”End of the Decade” lists. Today’s list: The Best Free Albums, EPs and Mixtapes of 2009. Since Radiohead made the pay-what-you-want[...]

November 25th, 2009 - 5:50 pm § in True/Slant

ABC should thank Adam Lambert

A lot has been said about Adam Lambert’s performance on the American Music Awards Sunday night. With all the hubbub of his “racy” performance, what’s most surprising about the entire escapade and commentary in the days since the show is that there is commentary in the days fo[...]

November 19th, 2009 - 8:11 pm § in True/Slant

Pete Wentz is a genius

It’s true… Pete Wentz is a genius. Or someone at Fall Out Boy camp has got it going on in their noggin. A smattering of break-up rumors cropped up online, fresh on the heels of the Tuesday release of the band’s greatest hits album Believers Never Die. Take the NME tweet from just y[...]

November 16th, 2009 - 12:08 pm § in True/Slant

'New' album by 'The Beatles' surfaces

There is a new, unheard album by The Beatles out there. And “James Richards” wants to spread it to everyone [via The Daily Swarm]: On Sept. 9, 2009 I experienced something that I still am having trouble believing happened to me. I came into the possession of a cassette tape containing a [...]

November 2nd, 2009 - 1:24 am § in True/Slant

The role of music journalism, or why does everyone want to kill hip-hop?

The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones recently caught flack for a piece titled “Wrapping Up.” Frere-Jones began the joint review of Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 and Freddie Gibbs’ Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik with a pretty heady assertion: That hip-hop – gasp – is dead! If I had to pick[...]

October 11th, 2009 - 9:58 pm § in True/Slant

Overlooked in the Aughts: Danger Mouse & Jemini – Ghetto Pop Life

Overlooked in the Aughts is an ongoing feature focusing on some of the best albums from the 2000s that haven’t quite received the attention they deserved. Today’s post: Danger Mouse & Jemini’s Ghetto Pop Life. When it comes to end-of-the-decade music lists, there’s got [...]

October 5th, 2009 - 8:49 pm § in Perfect Lines

Fashion Fallout

When little kids get their first haircut, there’s usually crying involved. When Pete Wentz gets his hair cut (or shaven?), the crying apparently stops: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM6-BE5XZIQ] Take to the messageboards, Facebook feeds, and Twitter tweets, you FOB fanatics out there[...]



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