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Click Track: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

Talkies: Wye Oak

Baltimore duo Wye Oak has been a favorite around these parts for a while. We first talked to Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack last April upon the release of their Merge Records debut, "If Children." This year's "The Knot"...

By David Malitz  |  December 24, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Talkies  | Tags: Wye Oak  
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Taking sides: What's the most underrated holiday song of all time?

Can't go wrong with Cash on Christmas. For this week's Taking sides column we've decided to ditch our regularly scheduled argument for some gentle-and-mild bickering over seasonal songs that never got their due. You know, peace on Earth and good...

By Chris Richards  |  December 24, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Christmas  
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Morning click: Keys can't top Boyle, Beyonce and Gaga leak new songs

Not even The Colbert Bump could put Alicia Keys over Susan Boyle. (Photo ComedyCentral.com) - Alicia Keys proved to be no match for chart queen Susan Boyle, who reigns supreme at the top of the Billboard charts for the fourth...

By David Malitz  |  December 24, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle  
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Be specific: Wale gears up for Sunday's halftime gig at FedEx Field

This summer's Virgin Mobile FreeFest was one of Wale's biggest shows; his Sunday performance will be even bigger. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) It's been an incredibly busy year for Wale. Today alone, the local rap phenom has leaked new music...

By Chris Richards  |  December 23, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags: Wale  
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Play favorites... with White House Deputy Social Secretary Joe Reinstein

White House Deputy Social Secretary likes Michael Jackson, but has an unusual favorite. (Photo courtesy of The White House) Welcome to Play favorites. Every Wednesday, Click Track will ask an interesting Washingtonian about what they're listening to. The column kicks...

By Chris Richards  |  December 23, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Play favorites  | Tags: Brad Paisley, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Joe Reinstein, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Wynton Marsalis  
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Morning click: T.I. released, Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger clears hurdle, Steven Tyler to rehab

The King of the South gets out of jail early. - Rapper T.I. got an early Christmas present - release from prison. He served seven months of a one-year sentence and will now get to leave an Arkansas federal prison...

By David Malitz  |  December 23, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Aerosmith, Jose Feliciano, Live Nation, T.I., Ticketmaster  
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Lists: David Malitz's top ten albums of 2009

No surprises at the top of this list - score another one for Animal Collective. (Takahiro Imamura) Yep, another list. And another one with Animal Collective on top. The rest on the list might be a little more under-the-radar, which...

By David Malitz  |  December 22, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Animal Collective, Bill Callahan, Carsick Cars, Eat Skull, Future of the Left, Kurt Vile, Real Estate, Spider Bags, St. Vincent, YACHT  
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On air: Chris Richards defends Bob Dylan's Christmas album on WNYC

Turn on your Internet radio and pour yourself some eggnog. Today at 2 p.m. on WNYC's Soundcheck Smackdown, Chris Richards will debate Jim DeRogatis of The Chicago Sun-Times on the merits of the Bob Dylan's "Christmas in the Heart,"...

By David Malitz  |  December 22, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  On air  | Tags: Bob Dylan, Christmas  
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Drop box: Lost Tracks from Rubén Blades, Visqueen and 16bit. Plus: a holiday edition of The Singles File

Rubén Blades may be Panama's minister of tourism, but his latest album salutes Cuba. (Courtesy RubenBlades.com) Another day, another new column on Click Track. Today we introduce Drop box, your weekly link to the recordings reviewed in Tuesday's Washington Post....

By Chris Richards  |  December 22, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Drop box  | Tags: 16bit, Rubén Blades, Visqueen  
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Morning click: Maxwell, Beyoncé, Taylor to sing at the Grammys, Carrie Underwood engaged, Gaga takes Europe, Doherty arrested

We might change the name from "Click Track" to "Maxwell Blog." The singer is scheduled to croon at the Grammys in January. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) - Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Maxwell, the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Antebellum are the first wave...

By Chris Richards  |  December 22, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, Pete Doherty, Taylor Swift  
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Lists: Chris Richards leaks his ballots for Pazz & Jop and Nashville Scene

Does Solange have this photo of Dirty Projectors hanging in her locker? (Courtesy of Windish Agency) Lists. Lists. Lists. At this time of the year, we can't seem to stop making them -- or leaking them on our blog. Last...

By Chris Richards  |  December 21, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Animal Collective, Brad Paisley, Dirty Projectors, Maxwell, R.Kelly, Solange Knowles, Wale  
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Future days: Wye Oak plays D.C., Mary J drops a new one, Darlene Love visits Letterman

Baltimore duo Wye Oak brings its stately, shimmering folk-shoegaze to the Black Cat Sunday. Welcome to Future days, our weekly Monday column tipping you off to the week's big concerts, album releases and late-night TV performances. In concert Baltimore duo...

By David Malitz  |  December 21, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Adam Lambert, Darlene Love, Wye Oak  
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In concert: Scream

Singer Peter Stahl of reunited D.C. punks Scream played fresh material and old favorites at the Black Cat Sunday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins Not only can you go home again, Scream proved Sunday night at the...

By David Malitz  |  December 21, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Scream  
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Morning click: Rage takes down Cowell, Radiohead to start work on new album

Rage Against the Machine - England's newest hitmakers. - [Expletive] you, we won't buy your Simon Cowell nonsense? That's what British consumers said this week as a "guerilla Facebook campaign" (not an oxymoron, apparently) kept Joe McElderry, the latest winner...

By David Malitz  |  December 21, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Lil Wayne, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Simon Cowell  
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