Week in Review: This Means Something


In the week a former member of the Fugees declared his intention to run an entire country, despite his gross lack of qualifications for said job, we started a campaign against him. Sorry ‘Clef, but this is ridiculous.

The other big story this week? Arcade Fire’s domination of the world, Madison Square Garden, and Terry Gilliam. Your correspondent still could care less about this band but he’s trying, really.

Oh, and what’s a week without a rundown of Kanye West’s complete videography? A look back at Fat Joe’s worst summer job? A new manager for Das EFX? A week is incomplete without all of these things.

Plus Friday Night’s Julian Lynch show as a microcosm of suburban New Jersey, enduring high school friendship, and the undying, irritating myth of “beach pop,” “Old-School Night” with Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty By Nature at Wingate Field, Sonic Youth and a gazillion people in Prospect Park, death metal at Irving Plaza, Nas and Damian Marley in Williamsburg, Spiritualized and Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space at Radio City Music Hall, the Dead Weather’s brutal assault on Brooklyn Vegan at Celebrate Brooklyn, and Robyn and Kelis dancing at Webster Hall.

DFA’s Gavin Russom told us about his new project, the Crystal Ark, who are playing P.S.1’s Warm Up tomorrow. Sisters filled us in on their dissonant, ’90s-checking “Highway Scratch.” And Asphalt Orchestra lent us their cover of Frank Zappa’s “Zomby Woof.”

Not to mention Titus Andronicus on Fallon, LCD Soundsystem non-retirement rumors,
the genesis of Marissa Paternoster’s onstage uniform, the best tweets of Wayne Coyne’s first two days on Twitter, a “Bruise Cruise” in the Bahamas with the Vivian Girls, #indiefantasyfootballteams, and more, below. Want something to do this weekend? Consult our nightlife guide, featuring the Mad Decent Block Party, PG-13, and Wheel Up. We’re back on Monday.