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Click Track: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Coda: The Walkmen satisfy; Reflections on John Lennon; All I really needed to know I learned from a rock star

This week, we broke down the man behind the guitar. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) The Walkmen performed at 9:30, Warpaint held it down at the Rock and Roll Hotel, and Chris Richards talks with Chris Blackwell on why go-go will always belong...

By Click Track  | December 10, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Forget stockings. These boxes need a sleigh.

In the digital age, oversize music sets have become a big sell. (Courtesy of EMI) What’s that smell? Is that what chestnuts roasting on an open fire actually smell like? No, it’s something else. Something nuttier. Something we haven’t smelled...

By Chris Richards  | December 10, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Archive: Revisiting the P-Funk Mothership

The Mothership was an awe-inspiring stage piece, as seen in 1976 concert footage. (Shout! Factory Photo) When Parliament-Funkadelic last took the stage at the 9:30 Club in April, frontman George Clinton gave a declaration: "[Expletive] what they said in the...

By Click Track  | December 10, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Archive  | Tags:  George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic  
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Jim Morrison gets Florida pardon from Charlie Crist; Bon Jovi makes bank on tour; The Decemberists in talks with Green Day musical director

A Sept. 28, 1963 photo released by the Florida Dept of State archives, shows the arrest mug and record of singer Jim Morrison. (AP/Florida Dept of State) -Thirty-nine years after his death, Jim Morrison is out of dutch with...

By Aaron Leitko  | December 10, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Bon Jovi, Charlie Crist, Jim Morrison, Michael Mayer, NME, The Decemberists, the Doors  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Friday morning

-Cappuccino, "Hell Dance With Me" -Julianna Barwick, "Bode" -Stellar Om Source, "Island Best" -Fugazi, "Burning" -Apples in Stereo, "Strawberry Fire"...

By Aaron Leitko  | December 10, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clicky shuffle  | Tags:  Apples in Stereo, Cappuccino, Clicky Shuffle, Fugazi, Julianna Barwick, Stellar Om Source  
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Taking sides: Which D.C. band should reunite next?

On Saturday, D.C. punks Government Issue reunite for one show at the Black Cat. Next month, Dismemberment Plan kick off a reunion tour at the same venue. So in this season of making a list and checking it twice...

By Click Track  | December 9, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Arkade Funk, Dismemberment Plan, Fugazi, Government Issue, Jawbox, Wicked Witch  
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Be specific: Island Records founder Chris Blackwell on why go-go never went national

Island Records founder Chris Blackwell tried to push go-go into the mainstream. Chris Blackwell is the man given credit for turning the planet onto reggae music. The Island Records founder helped launch the careers of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff...

By Chris Richards  | December 9, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Be specific  | Tags:  Chris Blackwell  
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Aretha Franklin diagnosed with cancer; Black Eyed Peas fizzle on charts; Juanes coming to Patriot Center

The Queen of Soul is reportedly battling pancreatic cancer. (Reflections Photography) - The ailing Aretha Franklin -- who had major surgery just last week-- has pancreatic cancer, according to the Detroit News. Citing a "source familiar with the situation," the...

By David Malitz  | December 9, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Aretha Franklin, Black Eyed Peas, Juanes, Kanye West, Susan Boyle  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

Little known fact -- Tom Petty's backing band is only the second best band named the Heartbreakers. Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, "Born to Lose" M.I.A., "Galang" Bill Callahan, "Sycamore" Cass McCombs, "I Went to the Hospital" The Amps,...

By David Malitz  | December 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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In concert: Jeff Tweedy at Lincoln Theatre

Jeff Tweedy was in a good mood Tuesday night at Lincoln Theatre. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Breaking news, music lovers: Jeff Tweedy can be kinda hard on himself! At his intimate, 95-minute (mostly) solo acoustic set at the Lincoln...

By Chris Klimek  | December 8, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Jeff Tweedy  
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Riffs: Five things we learned from reading rock star autobiographies

Don't mess with Megadeth's Dave Mustaine or he might put a spell on you. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) Rock stars have much to teach us. At least, according to rock stars. It's never been a better year for musical autobios: Patti Smith's...

By Allison Stewart  | December 8, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Dave Mustaine, Jay-Z, Keith Richards, Susan Boyle, Vince Neil  
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Personal memories of Lennon's death flood Post, Twitter

The Imagine mosaic in Central Park is decorated with flowers and other mementos on Tuesday. (AP)On Tuesday, Click Track asked readers to share memories of where they were and how they reacted when they heard the news of John Lennon's...

By Click Track  | December 8, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Remembering John Lennon; Willie Nelson charged with a misdemeanor; T.I. is blogging from jail

From left: John Lennon, a crowd gathered at the Dakota the day he was killed, a memorial in Central Park, and assassin Mark David Chapman. (Apple, AP, Reuters, AFP) - Today marks the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death. Tell...

By Chris Richards  | December 8, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  John Lennon, T.I., Ted Leo, Willie Nelson  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

We say this every morning, but what a great song. Mississippi Fred McDowell, "Goin' Down to the River" Ofra Haza, "Im Nin 'alu" Mirwais, "Naive Song" Oneohtrix Point Never, "Actual Air" The Fall, "Bingo Masters Break Out"...

By Chris Richards  | December 8, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Please explain to me ... Jeff Tweedy

Is Jeff Tweedy a legend-in-the-making or the king of safe-rock? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) This year, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco joined the ranks of Prince and Bob Dylan, not as a Great American Songwriter, but as the latest guy to produce some...

By Chris Richards  | December 7, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Please explain to me  | Tags:  Jeff Tweedy, Wilco  
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Singles file: Lloyd Banks, the Caribbean, Daft Punk, B.o.B.

Lloyd Banks gathers a star-studded cast for his new single. (Courtesy of the artist) A weekly playlist for the listener with a one track mind... Lloyd Banks featuring Sway, Giggs, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and Ryan Leslie: "Start It Up"...

By Allison Stewart  | December 7, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  B.o.B., Daft Punk, Lloyd Banks, Nick Cave, the Caribeean  
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Album review: T.I., "No Mercy"

Time behind bars didn't serve T.I. well. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) There is conventional wisdom about what jail time does to musicians. Whether Johnny Cash, Ray Charles or 2Pac, the trope goes that confinement produces something like reflection - a hardening...

By Sean Fennessey  | December 7, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  T.I.  
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Where were you the day Lennon died?

From left: John Lennon, a crowd gathered at the Dakota the day he was killed, a memorial in Central Park, and assassin Mark David Chapman. (Apple, AP, Reuters, AFP) Matt Hurwitz writes in The Post today about the horror he...

By Click Track  | December 7, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (182)
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Album review: Deadmau5, "4x4=12"

There's a man inside that mouse suit. (Courtesy of the artist) His name is Joel Zimmerman, but you might know him better as Deadmau5, a Coachella-playing, "Gossip Girl"-appearing DJ and the latest entrant in the Next Moby sweepstakes. The...

By Allison Stewart  | December 7, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Album review: Duffy, "Endlessly"

Duffy expands her sound without coming off as overly-retro. (Courtesy of the artist) It's neither accurate nor fair to describe the lush, yearning sound of the Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy as retro. Granted, this follow-up to her blockbuster 2008 debut finds...

By Bill Friskics-Warren  | December 7, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags:  Duffy  
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Smithsonian Folkways to release jazz anthology; Dismemberment Plan will play "Fallon"; Carrie Underwood wins at ACAs

John Coltrane is featured on Smithsonian Folkways upcoming jazz anthology. (File photo) - Smithsonian Folkways will release a sprawling, 6-CD jazz box set that explores more than 100 years of the genre. "JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology," will be released on...

By David Malitz  | December 7, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Carrie Underwood, Dismemberment Plant, John Coltrane, Lady Antebellum, Wavves  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Tuesday morning

Christmas season, I welcome you with open arms. Donny Hathaway, "This Christmas" Beyonce, "Hip Hop Star" Mojo Men, "She's My Baby" The Miracles, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" Jill Scott, "Whatever"...

By Erin Williams  | December 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Week ahead: Folk icon Tom Paxton for free; two nights of R. Kelly on "Fallon"

Get ready for two nights of R. Kelly on "Fallon" this week. (Marvin Joseph/TWP) If you go to one concert this week, make it: One that's easy on your wallet, so you can save money for holiday gifts. Folk icon...

By David Malitz  | December 6, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Future days  | Tags:  Charlie Wilson, R. Kelly, Tom Paxton  
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In concert: Warpaint at Rock & Roll Hotel

Warpaint was better at the buildup than the payoff at Rock & Roll Hotel. (All photos by Evy Mages/FTWP) The band that headlined at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Saturday night calls itself Warpaint and plays music rooted in...

By Mark Jenkins  | December 6, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Warpaint  
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In concert: The Walkmen at 9:30 Club

Hamilton Leithauser led the Walkmen through a pleasingly no-frills set at 9:30 Club on Friday night. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) If Friday night's sold-out 9:30 Club show by the Walkmen didn't have much of a palpable sense of occasion...

By Chris Klimek  | December 6, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  The Walkmen  
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Stars of pop, rock and country serenade McCartney and Haggard at Kennedy Center; Michael Jackson's posthumous album makes the rounds

Hag, Oprah and Macca. (Linda Davidson/TWP) - The stars came out to the Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night to fete two incredibly influential musicians -- as well as a trailblazing choreographer (Bill T. Jones), a Broadway legend (Jerry Herman) and...

By Chris Richards  | December 6, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Brad Paisley, Dave Grohl, Gwen Stefani, James Taylor, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Merle Haggard, Michael Jackson, Miranda Lambert, No Doubt, Norah Jones, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Steven Tyler, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

Thanks YouTube user athenathon77 for using this Ray Lynch tune to score video footage of golden leaves rustling somewhere in Japan. I'm not ready to let go of autumn yet. Ray Lynch, "Celestial Soda Pop" Ashton Shepherd, "Takin' Off...

By Chris Richards  | December 6, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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