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Click Track: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

Coda: Lists about inappropriate campaign songs, oil songs and kid-actors-turned-musicians; Carole and James turn back the clock

Carole King and James Taylor will be back in D.C. on June 23. (Nikki Kahn/TWP) It got a little listy in these parts this week. We looked at the year's most inappropriate campaign songs, some teen actors turned musicians and,...

By David Malitz  |  June 11, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Good times with the blues: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers distill their essence in 'Mojo'

Tom Petty returns with "Mojo," his first album in eight years. (Sam Jones) By Chris Richards On the phone from his Malibu home, Tom Petty has a way of deflecting questions that's half sphinx, half stoner. Maybe he doesn't want...

By David Malitz  |  June 11, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In today's Post  | Tags: Tom Petty  
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Lists: The five best songs about oil spills

By Allison Stewart National crises used to prompt an almost instantaneous outpouring of great songs, like "Ohio," or "A Change Is Gonna Come." But, protest music not being what it used to be, it could take years, if ever,...

By Allison Stewart  |  June 11, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Marvin Gaye, Mos Def, Pearl Jam, September Malevolence, Steve Forbert  
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M.I.A. releases new song, remix with Jay-Z; Pavement drummer Gary Young plays a reunion gig; The World Cup kickoff concert was probably really fun

Transmissions from Brentwood: A new M.I.A. song and remix debuted yesterday. By Ally Schweitzer - Two songs from M.I.A. are making the rounds: a new track from her forthcoming album "/\/\Y/\" and a remix of the lead single "XXXO" featuring...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 11, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Amadou & Mariam, Jay-Z, Juanes, M.I.A., Pavement, Shakira, Tinariwen  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

By Chris Richards Is it wrong that Drizzy's "Fireworks" has me more excited for the 4th of July than for his new album? - Drake featuring Alicia Keys, "Fireworks" - Robbie Basho, "Blue Crystal Fire" - Ciara, "Get Up" -...

By Chris Richards  |  June 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taking sides: If they gave a World Cup for best World Cup anthem, who deserves to win it?

Let's be real. This is D.C. and everyone here at Click Track knows that the best World Cup anthem that will ever be written belongs to Washington indie-pop heroes Air Miami. (If you haven't heard 1995's "World Cup Fever,"...

By Chris Richards  |  June 10, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Air Miami, Dario G, Mark E. Smith, Pitbull, R. Kelly, Shakira, Shuttleworth, TKZee  
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Lists: Drake and other teen actors turned musicians

From "Degrassi" to Young Money. (Matt Barnes Photography) By Sarah Godfrey Drake’s “Thank Me Later” isn’t out until Tuesday, but thanks to widespread leakage, we know that Aubrey Graham is no longer that dude who used to be on television...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  June 10, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: 30 Seconds to Mars, Blake Sennett, Drake, Jada Pinkett Smith, Janet Jackson, Jared Leto, Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley, Wicked Wisdom  
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Conan teams with Jack White; Kanye to perform at BET Awards; My Morning Jacket revisits entire catalogue

Conan has been joined by musical guests at many stops on his tour. (By Bill O'Leary/TWP) - Conan O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television" tour has had its fair share of special musical guests so far, including the...

By David Malitz  |  June 10, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Conan O'Brien, Jack White, Kanye West, My Morning Jacket  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

By David Malitz That Broadcast song is from their 2005 album "Tender Buttons," my 7th favorite album of the '00s. It's safe to say Primal Scream changed its sound a bit after this first single. And Human Television is a...

By David Malitz  |  June 10, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Local news: Little Benny funeral on Friday

The funeral for local go-go great Little Benny will be on Friday. (Thomas Sayers Ellis) By Sarah Godfrey Funeral services for Anthony "Little Benny" Harley will take place this Friday, June 11, at the Washington Convention Center. Harley, a...

By Sarah Godfrey  |  June 9, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Local news  | Tags: Anthony Harley, Chuck Brown, Dj Gemini, Little Benny, Sugar Bear  
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In concert: Carole King and James Taylor at Verizon Center

Carole King and James Taylor turned back the clock Tuesday at Verizon Center. (All photos by Nikki Kahn/TWP) By Dave McKenna DuPont’s best and brightest couldn’t produce better chemistry in a lab than that James Taylor and Carole King come...

By David Malitz  |  June 9, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Carole King, James Taylor  
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Lauryn Hill will Rock the Bells after all; Jamey Johnson announces double-disc drop date

Lauryn Hill is scheduled to return to the stage this summer. (AP Photo/Keystone, Olivier Maire) By Chris Richards - OK, believe the hype. After debunking a premature announcement, tour organizers have announced that R&B exile Lauryn Hill will perform her...

By Chris Richards  |  June 9, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: A Tribe Called Quest, Jamey Johnson, Lauryn Hill  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

By Joe Heim The thing I like most about today's shuffle is the combination of the first two song titles. Plus another "rain" song. - Ivory Joe Hunter, "Since I Met You Baby" - Broken Bells, "Your Head Is On...

By Chris Richards  |  June 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lists: 2010's most inappropriate campaign songs

Stop making sense. And stop using David Bryne's songs in your political campaign. By Allison Stewart Back in '84, when Bruce Springsteen famously went all super-ninja on Ronald Reagan's campaign because of its unauthorized use of "Born in the U.S.A.,"...

By Allison Stewart  |  June 8, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, David Byrne, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush, Talking Heads  
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In concert: Jeff Beck at Wolf Trap

Recent Rock Hall inductee Jeff Beck showed off his skills at Wolf Trap. (All photos by Andrew Propp/FTWP) By Mike Joyce You can count on British rock guitarist Jeff Beck to serve up two things in concert - impeccable musicianship...

By David Malitz  |  June 8, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Jeff Beck  
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In concert: Broken Bells at 9:30 club

Danger Mouse and James Mercer at 9:30 club. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Chris Klimek Composer/DJ/producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton has likened himself to a film director. His various collaborators - soul "sanger" Cee-Lo Green, the other half (or...

By David Malitz  |  June 8, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Broken Bells  
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Album review: Dierks Bentley, "Up on the Ridge"

Dierks Bentley has given up pop-country for his bluegrass-rooted album. (Josh Anderson/Associated Press) By Chris Richards The last time we heard from country star Dierks Bentley, everything was hunky-dorky. It was the summer of 2009 and the Arizona pretty boy...

By David Malitz  |  June 8, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Singles file: Singles file: Super Chron Fight Brothers, Kathryn Calder, Monarchy, TiRon

Super Chron Fight Brothers pay tribute to Reggie Miller ... or do they? (Courtesy of the artist) By Allison Stewart A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind... Super Chron Flight Brothers: "Reggie Miller" This organ-riffic homage to...

By David Malitz  |  June 8, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags: Asher Roth, Blu, Kathryn Calder, Monarchy, Super Chron Right Brothers, TiRon  
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Album review: Pill and DJ Drama, "1140: The Overdose"

By Sarah Godfrey Rapper Pill is best known for the track "Trap Goin' Ham," from his mix tape "4180: The Prescription," and the accompanying video, a raw look at his Atlanta neighborhood that shows kids playing as well as...

By David Malitz  |  June 8, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: DJ Drama, Pill  
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Album review: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, "Before Today"

By Patrick Foster Many will call "Before Today" Ariel Pink's first "real" album. Indeed, after making countless piles of homemade, lo-fi tracks -- reference 2004's "The Doldrums" or last year's "Grandes Exitos" for prime examples -- the L.A. songwriter/multi-instrumentalist...

By David Malitz  |  June 8, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Ariel Pink  
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Album review: Konono No. 1, "Assume Crash Position"

By Sarah Godfrey Kinshasa group Konono No. 1 is still using homemade likembé (thumb pianos) and drums and amplifiers crafted from salvaged parts, still putting out the same brilliant Bazombo trance with the junkyard feel that first floored listeners...

By David Malitz  |  June 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Prince anticipates "Hot Summer"; Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker plots solo return; Marvin Isley dies

Purple summer? Not quite. By Chris Richards - Remember back in 2006 when Prince released a song called "Black Sweat" and it was a gazillion times better than anyone expected it to be? That definitely didn't happen yesterday when...

By Chris Richards  |  June 8, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Corin Tucker, Isley Brothers, Prince, Sleater-Kinney  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

By Chris Richards I've always thought "on'ry" was a wonderful word. - Waylon Jennings, "Lonesome On'ry and Mean" - Cee-Lo featuring Timbaland, "I'll Be Around" - Shakira, "Loba" - Renaissance Man, "Babbadabba" - Ornette Coleman, "Voice Poetry"...

By Chris Richards  |  June 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Xtina returns, Carole King and James Taylor revisit their glory days at Verizon Center

In concert: Boomers, rejoice - Carole King and James Taylor hit Verizon Center Tuesday night for the first of their two June shows. The next one is June 23. Weirdo experimental-folk-electronic sister act CocoRosie performs at the Black Cat....

By David Malitz  |  June 7, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags: Christina Aguilera, James Taylor, Sarah McLachlan  
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In concert: The National at Constitution Hall

The National played songs filled with cloaked tension at Constitution Hall on Sunday night. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) By Mark Jenkins Matt Berninger, the National's bearded frontman, took Constitution Hall's stage Sunday night in a jacket, vest and tie....

By David Malitz  |  June 7, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: WMZQfest Country Throwdown at Jiffy Lube Live

Ryan Bingham was one of the many country stars who played at Jiffy Lube Live on Sunday. (All photos by Brandon Wu/FTWP) By Emily Yahr Though he was the only Academy Award-winning singer on stage at WMZQ Fest on Sunday,...

By David Malitz  |  June 7, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Eric Church, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Ryan Bingham  
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Pixies cancel Israel concert; CD sales plummet to historic low

The Pixies have dropped Israel from their 2010 tour. (Photo from Myspace) By Ally Schweitzer - The Pixies are the latest band to cancel a concert in Israel in protest of the Israel/Gaza conflict. The band didn't specify why they...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

By Ally Schweitzer Start your morning off with "A Satisfied Mind"-- it's better than Alka Seltzer. Porter Wagoner, "A Satisfied Mind" Sparks, "Saccharin & the War" Gang Starr, "The Planet" Pacific, "Autumn Island" The Husbands, "Orphan Boy"...

By Ally Schweitzer  |  June 7, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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