Ah M.I.A., it just wasn't your year, was it? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In 2010, Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire both had #1 records. LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, MGMT, the National, M.I.A, and Sufjan Stevens all had albums debut in the top ten. Kanye West joined Twitter. Drake started a riot in New ... More >>
Today's New York Times brings a startling bit of news: the sneaker company Converse is opening a recording studio in the heart of Williamsburg, to be called Converse Rubber Tracks, where bands "deemed dedicated and needy enough" will be able to record for free. Artists selected to use the spa ... More >>
Mark Ibold, still happier about the Pavement reunion than you areSo Chavez is reuniting, or whatever you want to call it. A Pavement reunion just dominated most of last week in New York City. Before that, it was a never-dissolved-but-certainly-largely-inactive Superchunk. In the past few year ... More >>
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!If the band Spoon can be trusted, then Billboard is about to announce (and here we are!) that the Arcade Fire and their label, Merge, have the #1 record in the country. (They've already done it in the UK.) The Suburbs sold 156,000 copies its first week out, ... More >>
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Brooklyn trio The Library Is On Fire is a straightforward, all-thrills, unpretentious alt-rock blast--a band that understands the perfect balance between noise and melody. It helps that frontman Ste ... More >>
Watching the live taping of the Jawbox episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other week, we were reminded of the utter weirdness of the late night TV variety show format. On TV, because Letterman et al have done it for so long and so well, it's come to seem normal, but make no mistake: thes ... More >>
Who had this photo in their office pool a decade ago? Jawbox on Fallon. Photo by Anything Photographic.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla ventures up to 30 Rock to have lunch with Jawbox on the eve of the D.C. punk band's one-off reunion on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, while Jayson G ... More >>
Sailors used to roll around the city like Gene Kelly, but security concerns and technology have changed things, and now they mostly stay on the ships or, if they're lucky, at rare havens like the Seafarers & International House. The men whose boats brought you almost everything you have are m ... More >>
Not even the 15th worst record this decade. Have a good weekend!In the week our F2K crew quantitatively decided that though Nickleback and Gym Class Heroes are bad, William Hung and Hinder were a whole lot worse, we continued to count down the worst songs of the '00s. That Santana song keepin ... More >>
Way way more on this later, but let's just say NBC studios hosted an impromptu D.C. punk reunion yesterday, both for Jawbox's actual performance of "Savory," above, and the coupla bonus tunes they played at a super-awesome, super-weird lunchtime sound-check, below. Way more on this later.
Photo of South Williamsburg's the Woods by Puja PatelIn the week in which everyone went to rock and roll fantasy camp--whether it be the one that takes place inside the Colbert Report studios with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle or the one that takes place on the disco dance floor with Vin ... More >>
As rumored, outstanding D.C. post-hardcore crew Jawbox are reuniting, if only for a Jimmy Fallon performance December 8, ostensibly to promo the imminent reissue of For Your Own Special Sweetheart, which is plenty rad, but don't sleep on 1996's self-titled follow-up neither. Shouldn't you guy ... More >>