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J. Freedom du Lac
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 21, 2007; 2:00 PM

Washington Post music critic J. Freedom du Lac is online every Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET to talk about the latest on the music scene: alternative, country, alt-country, pop, hyphy, harp-rock, reggae, reggaeton, R and B and whatever it is that Dan Deacon does.

The transcript follows.

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washingtonpost.com: M.I.A.'s World Tour de Force

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washingtonpost.com: Keith Urban, Nashville's Knight in Shining Ardor

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J. Freedom du Lac: The Jonas Brothers fans are gone. All is right in the universe, I think.

So let's do this.

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Washington, D.C.: I just finished reading a mystery novel set in DC that frequently mentioned go-go music. I know this is very popular in the DC music scene, but I wonder, has there been any mainstream go-go or "go-go flavored" hits?

J. Freedom du Lac: Yeah, sure. On the pure go-go side, there was "Bustin' Loose" by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers. I think it reached #1 on the R&B charts in the late 70s. In the mid-80s, E.U.'s "Da Butt" was a big arse hit -- also went #1 and was used in a Spike Lee flick.

More recently, there have been some big go-go-influenced hits in hip-hop, including Beyonce's "Crazy in Love," Amerie's "1 Thing" and Nelly's "Hot in Herre" (which is based on "Bustin' Loose").

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State College, Pa.: It appears that the Van Halen "Reunion" tour is planning to play the [Telecom Corporation Name Redacted] Center here in Washington DC on November 1st.

I am a life-long Van Halen fan, but I'm really torn about going to see them. I have a feeling that they will sound very different, because Michael Anthony won't be on backing vocals (unless they go all Britney Spears and sing over a backing vocal track).

Compounding my worries are the ticket prices. While they haven't announced ticket prices yet, from looking at other venues it seems that they are charging Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Police kinds of prices (between $75 and $150 per seat).

Would you take a gamble on them being a great show the way there were in 1991 on the "Carnal Knowledge" Tour and drop $200 or $300 on a pair of tickets?

J. Freedom du Lac: Yes, indeed -- Live Nation announced the date yesterday. Tickets on sale at 10 am Friday for the low, low prices of $149.50, $79.50, and $59.50 plus the usual service fees. While Producer David thinks there's no way the'll still be together by the time Nov 1 rolls around, I say that they will, in fact, still be on the road. They have some very good reason$ to do so. (How about a side bet, David?)

I think going out without Michael Anthony is a mistake. But then this band has made a series of questionable personnel moves/decisions over the years, no?

If you're looking for 91, the redux, I'd save your $300.

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washingtonpost.com: Side bet = loser has to go to and report back on the Wiggles show exactly one week later at [Redacted, etc.] Center. Deal?

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Glover Park, Washington, D.C.: Hiya J

Did you have a High School Musical 2 party last Friday night at your casa? If not, where did you view the television premiere? I think my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail. I will catch you for High School Musical 3.

J. Freedom du Lac: Oddly enough, there was, in fact, a HSM2 party at my place. But I wasn't invited. A friend came over with her niece, who is very much in the demo, and they watched it together. As for me, I was hanging out with Mr. "Stupid Boy" himself, Keith Urban. Great show. What an open-hearted performer he is. A very fragile flower.

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Washington, D.C.: I'm listening to "the historical conquests..." and wondering if you ever wrote the review for it. I'm a fan, but not sure if it surpasses "animal years" for me yet.

What do you think?

J. Freedom du Lac: I did not write the review, but I do think it's a terrific album -- though I still think I perfer "The Animal Years." But "Conquests" continues to grow on me. It's certainly not an album that I'll get tired of listening to. Endlessly listenable is the term I'm looking for, I think.

Talking point: Josh Ritter is one of the most gifted songwriters of his generation. Discuss.

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MIA: I cannot WAIT to get her new album.

Also, can you tell me when "classic rock" will finally die?

J. Freedom du Lac: The new M.I.A. is pretty awesome, though I can't say I love the Timbaland track that closes it out. She's lucky that visa problems kept her from collaborating more with Timba on this thing.

Very curious to see how "Kala" does at the box office. The full album has been all over the internets for a couple of weeks now, and just about everybody I know has heard it -- even though a lot of those people didn't have access to label-provided advances. Still, the same thing happened with Spoon and those guys still wound up selling ~50K in the first week. And they don't have quite the buzz or profile that M.I.A. does.

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wiggles: will wiggles wives be present?

J. Freedom du Lac: Ask David. Won't be my problem, since I'm going to win the bet.

Have fun, dude!

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Columbia, Md.: Have you ever listened to Okkervil River? Their new CD "The Stage Names" is nothing short of fantastic, particularly the haunting closing song which ends with a cover of Sloop John B. Their previous albums, especially Black Sheep Boy, have always impressed me. Just wanted to know if you had any thoughts since I have never seen their name mentioned. Are there any plans to post a review of the newest Josh Ritter CD? Thanks again

J. Freedom du Lac: Should I be nice, or should I drop the hammer? I guess I'll be nice, since I'm in a good mood today -- this being the best release day of the year so far, with the new M.I.A., Rilo Kiley, New Pornographers, Talib Kweli and Josh Ritter albums having arrived today. An embarassment of riches. So much to celebrate! So much to review! So many published reviews you seem to have missed!

The Ritter review is, in fact, posted. Link below. It's such an arresting album. Ritter is a pretty special artist, given the one-two punch of "The Animal Years" (a Top 10 album for me last year) and "The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter" (a VERY strong Top 10 contender this year). Such different records, too. Wow.

We reviewed Okkervil River's album last week. Also linked here. Also superlative, though not Top 10-worthy to me -- at least not vis-a-vis the field.

washingtonpost.com: Josh Ritter, "The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter"

washingtonpost.com: Okkervil River, "The Stage Names"

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Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.: I don't know if you read them, but there has been a little flare up on the 930 Club message boards over Spoon's shows on the 22nd & 23rd of October being moved to playing with the Shins at Merriweather on the 22nd. Spoon will be opening, but playing a full set, those who bought a Spoon ticket before the changed was announced can use it for a lawn seat or upgrade to a assigned seat for $10 (or get a full refund). Some people are not happy with having to drive to Columbia to see the show, or seeing it at Merriweather when expecting to see it at 930.

Do you have an opinion on all this?

J. Freedom du Lac: On the one hand, yeah, it's a drag that they'll be in a siginificantly larger venue -- and that those who live in or around DC will have to hit the road to see the show. On the other hand -- you get to go outside and take in some fresh air. And let's face it, most indie-rock fans could stand to get out a little more. Producer David can, anyway.

Seriously, though -- I don't have a particularly strong opinion about this. The pricing seems to be fair. And I do think Merriweather is a great venue as far as outdoor sheds go. We're lucky to have it.

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Washington, D.C.: Wednesday I get an e-mail that Spoon is playing 2 shows at the 9:30 Club 10/22 & 10/23. Fantastic, so I buy 6 for 10/23. Then I get an e-mail 4 days later that because Spoon will open for The Shins and Merriweather 10/22, BOTH DC shows are cancelled. Offers me a chance to upgrade to pit seats for the show, but I don't have much interest in seeing half a Spoon show or seeing the shins. Merriweather simply is not as good a venue either.

Sounds sloppy. Why can't they just honor the tickets for the 9:30 show the 23rd? Spoon was great at Sonar earlier this year, BTW

J. Freedom du Lac: Another vote against the bait-and-(venue) switch.

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Reunion/Nursing Home Tours: Spend $30 on the inevitable DVD. If the show didn't suck, you can revisit it any time you want. If it did suck, you're ahead $300 plus your time.

J. Freedom du Lac: One vote for skipping the upcoming Genesis show. Oh, wait -- this was in reference to Van Halen. Oops!

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annandale dude: Your thoughts on the Plain White Tees's delila song?

personally, i think it's one of the worst radio releases in YEARS

J. Freedom du Lac: How this acoustic love letter has become one of the summer's biggest singles is completely beyond me. Actually, that's not true: I always knew that the kids were ready for a Jim Croce revival!

Seriously, though --- doesn't it make sense that "Hey There Delilah" is huge? It's the song every girl of a certain age wishes somebody had written for her. Hence, all those "I'm Delilah" T-shirts that the girls have been wearing.

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Washington, D.C.: I think your review of Kala was spot on, for the most part. Though there are some hella catchy tracks on the disc, I think the absence of Arular's party atmosphere might affect its popularity. It's about time an artist came around who can use sounds from the third world without sounding patronizing, new agey, or just cheesy. Though it's comparing apples and oranges, Paul Simon is the last artist that was really successful in adopting "world music" and combining it with pop elements.

J. Freedom du Lac: Strangely enough, I thought about Paul Simon as I was reviewing "Kala." What's different here, though, is that M.I.A. appropriates more than she adopts -- and she doesn't have anything quite like Simon's pop sensibilities.

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Ritter as a songwriter: Can you put dates on what Ritter's generation is? That'll help in the side argument.

J. Freedom du Lac: Ritter is, like, 30-31. Born in 1976, I think. So let's just make up some parameters for His Generation: Born between '66 and '86.

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Arlington, Va.: Which girls wanted that song to be written for them?

"I promise, at some point in the future, that I'll actually be able to pay the bills and not couch-surf my way through existence. In the meantime, keep pining for me even though I'm off living my life. After all, I just told you that you're pretty."

Feh.

J. Freedom du Lac: Hey, I'm not saying I agree with them. But there are kids wearing "I'm Delilah" T-shirts. The song reached No. 1. There has to be a reason. I'm blaming the girls.

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Arlington, Va.: I have generally eclectic taste in music but one band I have slept on is Yo La Tengo. Tell me which 1 or 2 CDs I should get to become thoroughly initiated?

washingtonpost.com: OK, I'll try to do my best Mark Sweeney impression and pinch hit for J. Freedom on this one. "I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One" is probably the best place to start and has some of their catchiest songs, but I think that "Painful" is their best album, if a bit less immediately accessible. Get those two and you'll be very well initiated.

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Go-go or funk?: What is the difference?

J. Freedom du Lac: Funk: Umbrella term. Go-go: A very particular type of funk,

featuring a syncopated beat with congas and (more) cowbell, not to mention lots o' call-and-response.

"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" = funk.

"Bustin' Loose" = go-go.

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about miranda lambert: does her big forehead bother anyone else?

J. Freedom du Lac: Careful. She might shoot you, unless Paw Paw Lambert does it first.

She'll be on CMT's Cross-Country with Jack Ingram next week.

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Re: Springsteen: Looked over the track list for the new album. I have a feeling I'm going to be very embarrassed (for him, not for me) listening to a soon-to-be-58 year old man singing a song called "Girls in their Summer Clothes."

Can't wait for the inevitable tour, though. Here's hoping they swing through DC twice - once for the album, and once right before the election.

J. Freedom du Lac: There are more than a few folks who've expressed concern about that very issue.

But I have faith.

Word on the backstreets is that there will be two Bruce the ESB shows at [Insert Telcom Company Name Here] Center in November.

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Hell, U.S.A. : On my way to work, my ride played Get Behind Me Satan again. Does he hate me? Has there ever been a worse album? My Doorbell! Blue Orchid! And then she sings! With so many new great bands, why them? Please help.

J. Freedom du Lac: Oh, come on -- while I don't love the album vis-a-vis pretty much everything else in the White Stripes catalogue, there are TONS of worse albums that your ride might tortue you with. Just be glad s/he hasn't started abusing you by playing the Jonas Brothers, eg.

(Oh, wait -- I shouldn't say bad things about them. Don't want the angry Jonas Bros. fans telling me to kill myself by stabbing my neck with a ball-point pen or anything. That was an actual recommendation left for [Reviewer's Name Redacted As A Protective Measure] in the comments section beneath her High School Musical 2/Jonas Bros/Miley Ray Montana review.)

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J. Freedom du Lac: By the way, somebody asked last week why there was a "High School Musical 2." I think the ratings for the show sort of answer that question, no? Friday's broadcast was the highest-rated program in the history of basic cable. The accompanying soundtrack is on pace to sell something like 600,000 copies in its first week. The highest one-week sales total of the year so far is 623K, from Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight." Mickey Mouse has a new cash cow!

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Baltimore, Md.: You and this "washingtonpost.com" guy strike me as sort of a Hunter-Thompson-and-his-attorney kind of combo, a la "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Are pop music critics and people named washingtonpost.com allowed to have trunkfuls of drugs?

Also, The Futureheads make the best pop-rock on the planet. Discuss? No need. They just do.

J. Freedom du Lac: I'll have you know that I passed my drug test with flying colors. (I'm not going to tell you what those colors were. Confidential personnel matter.) Can't vouch for washingtonpost.com, though.

And no, the Futureheads do not make the best pop-rock on the planet. Two words: Jonas. Brothers.

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Arlington, Va.: got your tickets for the dylan/costello show yet?

J. Freedom du Lac: What does it matter? I'm not taking you.

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Re: Ritter's generation: I haven't heard Ritter's latest album but while I think he is VERY good, to me, he ranks behind the late Elliott Smith (1969) and Ron Sexsmith (a bit old, born in '64). I'll have to include Sam Beam and Sufjan Stevens to be on the same level as Ritter.

J. Freedom du Lac: Very fine list of nominees.

Smith is DQd. You have to be alive to make this list. I think Sexsmith is very good. And Sufjan is flirting with the pop genius tag. It's not just the lyrics -- it's the arrangements, too. Wow.

I haven't listened to enough of Iron & Wine's stuff to have a fully formed opinion on Sam Beam, but I do think he has one of the finest beards of his generation.

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Columbia, Md.: If you got to pick one album that Michael Vick had to listen to every day, non-stop for his entire prison term, what would it be?

J. Freedom du Lac: Who Let The Dogs Out?

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Alexandria, Va.: I saw Keith Urban 2 years ago as an opening act for Kenny Chesney...Didn't know who he was but he blew me and everybody else out of the water! An extraordinary talent.

J. Freedom du Lac: He really is. He could be truly, truly great, if he just raised his lyrical game a couple of notches.

I'm still sort of baffled that he's been embraced by country radio. I know his albums lean more country than his live shows do -- and that Garth Brooks wasn't exactly Willie Nelson. But still.

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In re: Bruce: Huge fan but have never been able to see him in concert. Does he usually do a good job of mixing old and new, or will he play all new stuff in Nov?

J. Freedom du Lac: How is that possible? For a Springsteen fan, seeing Bruce in concert is like making a pilgrimage to Mecca. Get tickets for one of the upcoming concerts and consider it your Hajj.

He'll almost certainly mix old and new.

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Delilah's not so bad . . . : It's certainly no Hinder, circa Lips of an Angel or whatever that piece of cheating tripe was called. -shudders-

J. Freedom du Lac: Strangely enough, that song didn't sound horrible when Jack Ingram covered it.

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Silver Spring, Md.: What do you think of the new Prince album?

J. Freedom du Lac: Link below.

washingtonpost.com: Prince, From Purple to Green

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Bethesda, Md.: i have it on good authority that producer david has actually been outdoors on multiple occasions over the past few weeks!

J. Freedom du Lac: Walking to Cosi to pick up a Plain White T(urkey sandwich) doesn't count.

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K Street, NE: So, Fiddy Cent says he'll retire of Kanye West outsells him on Sept. 11.

What if Norah Jones pwns (yep, it's the current geek term) them both?

J. Freedom du Lac: That's apples to very ripe mangoes. It would be a slightly more interesting comparison if the Norah's "Not Too Late" came out on the same day as 50's "Curtis" and Kanye's "Graduation." But even then, they're going after much different audiences. So, to answer your question: So what?

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Nostalgia-ville: After last week's chat, I was cruising around iTunes and discovered that one (and by one, I mean me) can download both Nilsson's "The Point" and Carole King's "Really Rosie." How ridiculous would I be if I actually got them? In a pure, homage-to-my-childhood sort of way? I haven't yet, but I'm seriously considering it. I kind of want to own "Me and My Arrow."

J. Freedom du Lac: Whatever works for you. We're not here to judge. (Yeah, right.)

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Washington, D.C.: JFree:

Who, oh, who, is actually buying Nickelback's music? It isn't melodic, it doesn't rock, it just sort of lays there, sounding wounded. And their latest "anthem", "RockStar" is downright painful.

Can you offer any opinion on why it continues to sell? 'Cause I'm at a loss.

J. Freedom du Lac: Because the Daughtry and Staind fans are trying to diversify?

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Spoon Switcheroo, D.C.: Of course it's understandable that promoters don't want Spoon doing any shows in DC before playing MPP -- that would dampen their audience.

But MPP vs. 9:30 is a big difference for those of us that live in the city. Even though MPP is nice, it is not even close to downtown, involves a much bigger time commitment, and overall hassle. So it's not as simple as the weather being nice.

Why can't DC have a big outdoor music venue in city limits, like so many other big metro areas? (Think Festival Pier in Philly, or Central Park Stage in NYC.) Having to drive well outside the beltway for summer concerts is no fun.

J. Freedom du Lac: Yeah, but then you'd have to live in Philadelphia.

I wouldn't mind the lack of summer venues inside the Beltway so much if I could get to Nissan or Merriweather Post without driving. Just one more thing to love about Wolf Trap. I can Metro to Falls Church West then hop the shuttle bus to the venue.

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simple question: if you were married to a ms. tate, would you take her name and hyphenate yours to hers?

J. Freedom du Lac: Only if I happened to be feeling intolerant.

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Chicago, Ill.: I second your answer to the Bruce live question...Heck, even when I'm not sure about the CD, he blows me away. The Seeger Sessions concert was the best thing I saw last year and I've seen him with the E street and solo and...

Anyway. Saw the bit about The Shins and Spoon and googled to see if they'd be here. Um, no, but The Shins and Snoop Dog are playing at the Download Festival. Should I spring for that? It's out-of-the way for carless moi...

J. Freedom du Lac: The Seeger Sessions show at Nissan in 2006 was the best concert I've seen in, like, a half-dozen years. And I didn't love that album. Pretty special show.

Snoop and the Shins? What a strange pairing. Though they could do an interesting collaboration on "New Slang." (Just add foshizzle.)

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Pick one album that Michael Vick had to listen to every day: No, I'd pick a Carpenters album. The doorbell version of "why do birds suddenly appear..." almost drove Marge and Lisa Simpson crazy.

J. Freedom du Lac: How about "Hey There Delilah"? AND, he'd have to wear an "I'm Delilah" shirt around the prison yard.

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Amy Winehouse!!!: No comment. Sorry.

I could just really use a drink today.

J. Freedom du Lac: Bottom's up. Wonder if her Virgin Festival appearance will be the second-to-last show she'll ever do. Some folks seem to think she's done.

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Tom Jones Here: Whoa Whoa Whoa Delilah.

Never use that name again, especially not in some acoustic whine.

You kids get off my lawn.

J. Freedom du Lac: Tom Jones: Greatest tan of his generation? Or does George Hamilton own that one?

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Outdoor Music in the City: The plans for DC United's new stadium would allow for outdoor concerts at a capacity similar to Merriweather and Nissan. If you want it, email Fenty and tell him so.

J. Freedom du Lac: The Mayor's office: (202) 727-2980.

Or, follow the link below.

washingtonpost.com: Ask the Mayor

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Life is good (Earle and Springsteen): Free,

Life is getting very good for me. Steve Earle's CD drops on Sep 25th and Bruce Springsteen drops on Oct. 2nd. And The Eagles have a new studio album out soon.

J. Freedom du Lac: That new Eagles song sounds almost exactly like the old Eagles songs. Is that a good thing?

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re: RockStar: It's so sad when these bands sing about being rock stars. Just like if you're actually sexy or foxy, you shouldn't have to wear a t-shirt advertising that fact.

J. Freedom du Lac: It's true. That's why Producer David is shirtless right now.

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Washington, D.C.: Saw the Joe Strummer documentary "Let's Rock Again" on the Sundance Channel last night. Great performances with the Mescaleros (albeit grainy footage). But watching a rock legend explain to a radio station receptionist who he is and why he should be allowed in, trying in vain to pass out promotional fliers on the boardwalk for their Atlantic City show, and practically begging DJs to play "Johnny Appleseed" was a little depressing. He seemed to be in good spirits about it, acknowledging that he'd been out of the business for 11 years and their first record lost money, but still. This was Joe Strummer.

J. Freedom du Lac: Depressing indeed. I've not seen it. (Note to self: Program le TiVo.)

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annandale dude: winehouse:

how can i get a copy of her albums with just the music?

nothing against her singing, i just really dig all the tunes

J. Freedom du Lac: If you run into Mark Ronson at a Wale show, he might be able to hook you up.

The production is spot-on.

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Fairfax, Va.: I think the Josh Ritter record will be near the top of my year-end best of. Such a great songwriter. It's good to hear him rocking a little bit harder than before.

I've already listened to the Rilo Kiley twice today and love it. I want to marry Jenny Lewis. The record has such a bouncy, positive vibe. Listening to it makes one smile.

The New Pornographers didn't grab me, but it will be in the rotation for a while. It isn't as immediate as TWIN CINEMA was, this one appears to be one that will have to grow on you.

J. Freedom du Lac: I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing JR tour with his band behind the new album. Thought the solo acoustic shows at the Birchmere in January were good, but this could be somethin' else.

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washington, d.c.: um, doesn't seth own the 9:30 and book merriwether?

J. Freedom du Lac: Yep.

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Silver Spring, Md.: Hey JFdL! First, to chime in on the long-running feud...saw Neko Case last week and she definitely rules over Jenny Lewis.

My question is one of 9:30 Club etiquette...we showed up about half-way through the opening act for the Neko show (too bad, b/c he was really good). We head upstairs and there is room to stand along the railing towards the front of the stage, with folks sitting in that first row of steps. We wander over and stand along the railing, and a guy sitting on the stairs behind us freaks out and tries to convince us that he is sitting there...but is also planning to stand against the railing once Neko comes on. We finally convince him that you can't both sit and stand at the same time and he's gotta give one of his spots up. I always stand downstairs at the 9:30, so the upstairs world is a bit new to me--is this common for 'upstairsers' or is this guy as big a -&%$# as we think?

J. Freedom du Lac: I'm with you here. Dude can't do the long-distance ownership thing. If somebody leaves their space along that rail and nobody's holding it for them, then it's fair game.

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Re: New Pornographers: Sorry, but any band that doesn't let Neko Case sing all the songs isn't worth my time.

J. Freedom du Lac: One vote for Jenny Lewis and Rilo Kiley.

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Washington, D.C.: A few weeks ago this board was making fun of Matisyahu for being at every festival. The next day I received an email from Farm Aid saying he had been added to the lineup. For some reason, in light of the chat the day before, this had me cracking up. I mean seriously - Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and . . . Matisyahu. How did he get invited?

J. Freedom du Lac: When I think cornfields, I think Matisyahu. Don't you?

There must be some sort of law that you can't do a festival without inviting Matis.

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The Eagles: I have had a really rough day and I hate the _____ Eagles man!

J. Freedom du Lac: You must be a Redskins fan.

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Baltimore, Md.: Hello, have you heard of a band called Failure? Or Ken Andrews? Failure is no longer together but they are my favorite band of the 90's (that I never listened to until a few years ago.) I recommend that you check them out. Fantastic Planet is considered their Magnus opus. All of their albums are excellent.

J. Freedom du Lac: Don't really know them, but I'd love to hear their Magnus Opus. Can't imagine what that would sound like, though Wikipedia says that the "Magnus effect is the name given to the physical phenomenon whereby an object's rotation affects its path through a fluid, in particular, air. It is a product of various phenomena including the Bernoulli effect and the formation of boundary layers in the medium around moving objects." Far out.

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Clash City Rocker, D.C.: Not to wax all nostalgic, but what wasn't depressing about the Strummer documentary was the vast amount of dignity and humanity he constantly displayed, even when trying to get on some "morning zoo" type radio show. The don't quite make them like they used to, unfortunately.

J. Freedom du Lac: I REALLY need to see this. It's moved to the top of my list, just behind "Once."

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Silver Spring, Md.: Wasn't use of the word "drop" in conjunction with release dates outlawed in several cities when Macy Gray wore that awful dress to the Grammys a couple of years ago. I know it's a jailable offense to use "drop" when discussing Bruce Springsteen and Eagles albums. By the way, my life is even better, both Paul Anka and the Four Freshman have albums dropping on September 17

J. Freedom du Lac: Macy Gray. Didn't she used to have a career? She dropp---err, released a new album, "Big," back in March, and it came and went with a whimper.

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1-2-3-4: Any opinion on that song "1-2-3-4"? I think its by "Feist" and I keep hearing it on Sat. radio and can't get it out of my head, dammit.

J. Freedom du Lac: Very catchy, though I prefer "My Moon My Man" from the same artist and album. It's one of my favorite tracks of 2007.

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Arlington, Va.: Once was FANTASTIC. Go go go.

J. Freedom du Lac: I think I will. Right now, in fact.

Thanks for stopping by today, folks. Please do come again. Next time, we'll have a dress code in place. (This means you, David.)

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