In the week we said “My President is Black” in about fifteen different, ecstatic ways, we also crowned TV on the Radio victorious in the 36th Annual Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll. Poll editor Rob Harvilla let the world know once more that he wasn’t Charles Aaron, then instant-messaged away in the afterglow.
The long-awaited Matt and Kim Indie Cribz episode finally premiered, Animal Collective touched back down in New York, triumphant, Jemina Pearl staged the first show of the rest of her life, and Blake Schwarzenbach premiered a song about losing his virginity at a show we regret not going to.
American Idol got mean, The City finally got dramatic, and Real World Brooklyn was all about that most New York of activities, pole-dancing. Meanwhile at Sundance, where both the altitude and the level of discourse is a bit higher, neither hits nor money were particularly in evidence.
Showpaper‘s “I Saw You” section is almost certainly less than genuine at times, Psychic Ills are either getting too much or not enough love, and if you can tell us who Jean is, you are extremely good at the Internet.
Plus Michael Robbins, Arianna Huffington, the resurrection of the Ohio Theatre, Everett True on Daniel Johnston, Bones on Are You With Me? at Small A Projects, and Richard Gehr on Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack. Let the first post-George W. Bush weekend begin!