Freedom Rock

J. Freedom du Lac
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 30, 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.

____________________ 'Blackout': Britney Is Back, Not That You'd Notice

_______________________ Runnin' on Empty: Lots of Details, Little Meaning in Tom Petty Documentary

_______________________ Just a heads up that we'll be starting a bit late today. We will be ready to go at 2:30, and you'll still get your full hour.


J. Freedom du Lac: Sorry I'm late. It's Stewart Copeland's fault. He was making Nixon jokes vis-a-vis Sting. I just couldn't hang up.

OK, let's do this.


Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.: We can debate Jenny vs Neko until the end of time, but Rilo Kiley vs the New Pornographers isn't even close after that show Saturday night.

J. Freedom du Lac: OK.

Wasn't there, so I've no opinion about their live show vis-a-vis Rilo Kiley's. I do have a slight preference for the new RK album over the new one from the New Pornos, but it's very, very slight.

Really, though, aren't we just splitting red hairs here?


You're crazy: Britney's new album is the best yet. Every single song on it rocks. Also, I think she says, "SLIPPIN' on the street while getting groceries."

J. Freedom du Lac: You hear slippin, I hear strippin. I guess that says more about me than anything, eh?


Washington, D.C.: So, the Sunday Source likes the new Britney album, but you hate it. While everyone's entitled to their own opinion, what do you think accounts for this disparity?

J. Freedom du Lac: Ah, yes: The weekly What The Hell Is Chris Richards Thinking question. (He gave the album an A-minus in the Sunday Source Media Mix, if you missed it. Had I been in letter-grading mode myself, I could have come in at a B-minus or C-plus.) Anyway, I think it basically boils down to this: Chris sort of likes the sound of aliens singing so long as the track is hot. Witness his love for Cassie. He didn't really care about the fact that she sounded like a Janet from another planet. It was all about Ryan Leslie's beat.

In Brit-Brit's case, I think he's digging on the production. Britney is sort of a non-factor either way for him. That's my guess anyway.


Geezertown: When you going to cough up the Brian Wilson interview?

J. Freedom du Lac: It'll run as part of our Kennedy Center Honors package later this year.


Arlington, Va.: Why are you hating on brit-brit? I just rushed out to purchase her CD at circuit city and it rocks.

J. Freedom du Lac: OK.


Fairfax, Va.: Any idea if Springsteen and the E Street Band will have more tour dates in the USA in 2008? This was such a short tour and nearly half of it is in Europe!

J. Freedom du Lac: Any of you folks who follow every bit of Springsteen news and speculation have any insight/good guesses/rumors to share re this?


Washington, D.C.:83 million records sold? How? How is that possible?

J. Freedom du Lac: There are a lot more dirty old men in the world than we all realized.

Also: There's no accounting for taste among kids.

Though now that I think about what I just typed, it's not just the kids who seem to be drawn to mediocrity. Celine Dion, for instance, has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Celine Dion!!!!!!


Britney: Would more cowbell have helped?

J. Freedom du Lac: No -- less Vocoder.


Britney: What, there's no lyric sheet? It's a long way from Strippin' to Slippin', my friend.

J. Freedom du Lac: In this era of double-secret digital streams used by labels trying to ward of piracy -- no, no lyric sheet. At least not that I could find on the password protected Web site with the razor wire and armed guards out front.


Nixon jokes vis-a-vis Sting: Well, that explains the 17-minute gap in the middle of the concert.

J. Freedom du Lac: Very nice!

And Stewart would know from, etc: His pops, of course, was a spook. (He says he never considered the CIA as a career option for himself.)


Washington, D.C.: If you had to give the new Britney Spears album a letter grade, what would it be?

Your boy Chris gave it an A-, but you don't seem quite as impressed.

J. Freedom du Lac: B-/C+. Most likely C+.

Pop math: How many producers and songwriters does it take to rescue Britney Spears? About 30. Over 12 songs. What the ?


Ian Curtis Lives!: Your thoughts on the Joy Division renaissance in 2007? I'm looking forward to Control and the studio album reissues, in hopes that more young music fans realize how great the band was (especially compared to the bland New Order).

J. Freedom du Lac: Joy Division has always been a band that I appreciate more than I actually love listening to. But it's been really interesting to see the so-called renaissance. Lots of bands trying to sound like them, too. Quite obviously, they struck a cord.


Fairfax, Va.: Whenever you have to review a terrible album from a terrible artist like this latest thing Britney did, what do you do after listening to it? Do you need to like punch a wall, drink a lot, or put on some Josh Ritter so you can believe that not all music is terrible?

J. Freedom du Lac:"Blackout" isn't terrible. It's just mediocre. I like the production, but I hate the sound of her voice on it. Not that I've ever loved Britney's voice. But still. If I wanted to hear a computer sing, I'd invite Hal 9000 to karaoke night.

Having said that -- I did listen to some of the great Beach Boys material after spending the day with the Britney record, and all was well in the universe again at that point.

Has there ever been a better single than "Good Vibrations"?

Has there ever been a better album than "Pet Sounds"?



Do Something!: The Bettye LaVette show still has many, many tickets available. I know the show is on Halloween but come on. Wear your costumes - I am sure Ms. LaVette won't mind.

J. Freedom du Lac: Yeah, what he said.

This woman is just so fabulous, it's not even funny.


Arlington, Va.:"On new CD, pop singer's voice has been so digitally distorted that she sounds like a cooing cyborg."

Hasn't she always sounded that way? That was my impression on "Toxic," and it didn't seem a far cry from the, um, knob twiddling on "One More Time" (or whatever that tripe is called). Is the production cleanup work that much more obvious this go round?

J. Freedom du Lac: Yes, she's always been a little bit processed. But her voice used to have presence; on her best songs, she sang with a sort of forcefulness. I wouldn't call it power, per se. But there was something there. There was definitely human emotion behind those thin vocals. Now? It's like they've programmed a gynoid to sing "lead."

Also noteworthy is the fact that she's not singing her own backing vocals. Timbaland sidekick Keri Hilson is on multiple "Blackout" tracks and the Swedish pop singer Robyn sings background on one song, "Piece of Me." If you're using ProTools to splice this album together, why not have Britney sing her own background vocals? Oh, right -- she wasn't really a major player in her own recording sessions.


Alexandria, Va.: I've noticed your strong penchant for hipster music. Do they allow you to wear horned-rim glasses and ironic tee-shirts at the Post?

J. Freedom du Lac: No, but today *is* crotchless leather chaps day on the fourth floor.


4 hours and they tell you to go the hospital: Why are you hating on the Tom Petty documentary? So what if it was 4 hours. Turn it off, turn the channel, Tivo, record it and sell it on Ebay. Tough. Enjoy him and his music. Let's not put a "time" on how long it takes to talk about a career. And this is objective? Why do all music critics have to give a personal opinion? Is it because they get their name printed? Just give us the facts, not your personal facts.

Sex Pistols on TV tonight and tomorrow. You gonna watch it?

J. Freedom du Lac: Have you watched the documentary, or are you just commenting in general? The thing never gets going. It would have made for a decent 90-minute doc, maybe two hours. But four hours? Just so that we can watch extra footage of Petty goofing off in London in 1977 and hear another interview about another personnel move? No. No. No.

I love Tom Petty. I hated the documentary. And guess what? I get paid to say so! "This is objective?" Nope. All music critics have to give a personal opinion because IT HAPPENS TO BE OUR JOB.

Thanks for playing.



Best Single Ever??: I'm partial to "God Only Knows", but that's just me.



J. Freedom du Lac: That's perhaps the greatest *song* ever. But I don't really think of it as a single. It's in its own category. "Good Vibrations" -- radio hit. And pure genius.


Stewart Copeland:"And Stewart would know from, etc: His pops, of course, was a spook. (He says he never considered the CIA as a career option for himself.)"

Well, sure, that's what he's SUPPOSED to say, isn't it?

Was the Nixon joke any good? care to share?

J. Freedom du Lac: The Nixon joke was in reference to a question I'd asked about Blender magazine naming Sting as the worst lyricist in popular music. Stewart made a pretty good funny about it. Even used an expletive. An edited version will appear in a Q&A that is likely to run in this Sunday's Style and Arts section.


Has there ever been a better album than "Pet Sounds"?: Great, but Rubber Soul, Revolver & Abbey Rd, for starters (maybe throw the White Album in there too)...

J. Freedom du Lac: One vote for the Beatles. (Far more interesting debate than Neko v Jenny, if you ask me.)


Washington, D.C.: I have been bumping the new Britney CD at work today and it rocks. Who cares how many producers are on the album or that she did not write the songs? Tell me again why that matters?

J. Freedom du Lac: The stats are a mere footnote. What matters is that while the music is good for the most part, the titular star's performance is not. If I wanted to hear Danja, et al, splicing and dicing somebody's vocals, I'd buy a Danja, et al, album. This is a Britney Spears album, and quite frankly, Britney Spears sucks on it.


Asbury Park, N.J.: Better single/album than Vibrations/Pet Sounds:

Born to Run-2 (a better job being Phil Spector than Phil Spector, IMO)

J. Freedom du Lac: Springsteen gets a vote.


Best single ever:"Has there ever been a better single than "Good Vibrations"?"

Seasons In The Sun?

J. Freedom du Lac: The Nirvana version, right? OK, probably not what you were saying here, but...


You axed...: Pet Sounds is overrated. It's at least 60% boilerplate 1960's musak filler. But Wouldn't It Be Nice is great, tho.

J. Freedom du Lac: I can think of one song I'd probably remove from the album: "Sloop John B." Otherwise, it's loaded with great songs. Boilerplate? Muzak? Now you're just being stupid.


Re: Greatest Album: I don't think there is a single answer, but you've got to put London Calling on that short list.

J. Freedom du Lac: Yes.


Springsteen summer tour: Rumors as far as I can tell have them at Giants Stadium for a multiple night stand, as well as Philadelphia.

Rumors are also circulating about a new album in the spring, though, so who knows.

J. Freedom du Lac: I think I read/heard somewhere that Bruce wrote a ton of new songs for the "Magic" sessions -- and that there may well be enough already for a new album. But I might be making that up, too.


Pet Sounds: Possibly an album inspired by Pet Sounds is actually better- Sgt Pepper's. Another possibility; Dark Side of the Moon is still as relevant today as it was in the 70's.

J. Freedom du Lac: Sgt P is like 1a to Pet Sounds.


Has there ever been a better album than "Pet Sounds"?: Highway 61 Revisited and maybe Rubber Soul

J. Freedom du Lac: Two worthy nominations.


Wheaton, Md.: I LOVE the Beatles and own everything they ever put out and some, but I don't think any of their albums is as consistently focused or evokes a singular theme as well Pet Sounds. Pet Sounds (with the exception of Sloop John B - which is magnificently produced, but admittedly ill-placed on the record) is in its way reminiscent of the Sinatra concept albums focusing almost entirely on the trials and tribulations of young love and both Tony Asher's lyrics and Wilson's compositions are practically perfect across the board.

J. Freedom du Lac: Which Capitol executive is to blame for putting "Sloop John B" on the album? That one reeked of record-company meddling, all the way. But yes -- young love, and also losing innocence. "Caroline No" is just so heartbreaking in that regard.


Arlington, Va.: J. Free, this is a bit personal, but I'm wondering how you and your significant other decide what to listen to during a road trip? Does she cede to your tastes since you are the expert? I ask because music rotations in the car have become a regular source of friction for me and the missus.

J. Freedom du Lac: Well, this is pretty simple for us since I like almost everything that L. Freedom likes. So if she picks, I win -- unless she decides to bring all of her old Indigo Girls or Cowboy Junkies albums and nothing but. That would be a long drive.

If I picked, I might put in some DJ Quik or something and get myself in trouble.


Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C.: Why isn't anybody excited about the Stevie Wonder concert tonight?

J. Freedom du Lac: I am. You are. That makes two of us.


Birmingham, Alabama:"Has there ever been a better album than "Pet Sounds"?"

It's getting like VH-1 in here.

J. Freedom du Lac: VH1 = wisdom. (Well, except for "Flavor of Love, et al.)


Falls Church, Va.: re: Pet Sounds

All it needs is a better album cover...but it REALLY needs it.

J. Freedom du Lac: That cover is HORRIBLE. But you know what's great about it? The white goat in the middle is the perfect place for an autograph, should you ever encounter Brian while you have your copy of "Pet Sounds" (and a Sharpie) on your person.


Better than Pet Sounds: Hotel California. Duh. You journalists are so lazy. And America is materialistic, too.

J. Freedom du Lac: Funny. Clearly, this isn't from Chris Klimek, who had to suffer through the new Eagles double-album for us. (He listens so you don't have to!)


Vatican City: The blues is when you make love to a woman all night long, and in the morning you find out she's the Pope.

J. Freedom du Lac: No, the blues is when you have to listen to a new Britney Spears album over and over and over again -- and then write about it without using a single expletive.

I love the approach that Aidin Vaziri took in the San Francisco Chronicle. His review is a list: "Things I'd rather do than listen to Britney Spears' new album." For instance: "Lick lead paint off a set of recalled Thomas the Tank Engine trains." And: "Listen to Backstreet Boys' new album." And, my favorite: "Buy back my Wham! cassettes from Amoeba."

Classic. San Francisco Chronicle's Britney Spears review


Salt Lake City, Utah: Tell us more Timothy B. Schmidt stories. Those are awesome.

J. Freedom du Lac: I got nothing.

But really, isn't one Timothy B. story enough?


Washington, D.C.: Have tickets to see Ryan Adams tonight at DAR. We shall see if petulant Ryan shows up tonight; I've heard that has been the case lately (well...even more than usual). Does the Post have anyone going?

Saw my favorite band, The Tragically Hip, at 930 last Friday. They are Canadian and off most people's radar, but have a rabid following. The band they are most analagous to, in my opinion, anyway, is Midnight Oil, though not as political. They are the best live band I have seen.

Finally, have tickets to see The Hold Steady on Nov 20 at 930. Are they as good live as they sound on record?

J. Freedom du Lac: We are, in fact, reviewing tonight's Ryan Adams show. Should be published in Thursday's paper. No idea how he's been doing on tihs tour, but petulant is usually the smart bet.


Now now: Don't hate on the cowboy junkies.

Admittedly they'd be awful exclusively for long drives...

Huh. I think I just agreed with you.

J. Freedom du Lac: I like the Cowboy Junkies just fine. But we must have every CD they've ever put out, including the B-sides and rarities. And it's horrible driving music. Unless you've been mainlining Red Bull.

First show I saw in DC after arriving at The Post: Cowboy Junkies doing an early set at the 9:30 club. It was way too early to be sleepy, so I left early.


Better than "Pet Sounds"?: How about Dylan "Blonde on Blonde"

I heard "Purple Rain" got a best soundtrack nod but i think it's one of the best albums PERIOD. Definitely on my short list.

One more: Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon"...or at least that would top the "Greatest Stoner Albums" list!

J. Freedom du Lac: More votes.


The South (i.e., where It Crawled Out Of): I agree with the previous poster's opinion that Rubber Soul, Abbey Road, etc. are better albums than "Pet Sounds." But isn't it interesting how huge Macca's man-love for "Pet Sounds" has always been? Makes you wonder whether "Pet Sounds" greatest achievement is that it inspired the Beatles to reach such great heights.

J. Freedom du Lac: Yes, Macca has never been afraid to talk about how great "Pet Sounds" was -- and how it impacted his own writing. OK, maybe he's a little bit afraid to talk to *me* about it for my story. Or his publicist is afraid, anyway, since there's nothing in it for him. But yeah.


Baltimore, Md.: Re the Tom Petty doc: I was pretty shocked that Peter Bogdanovich directed it. I mean, this is the guy who had Orson Welles living in his house when Welles was old and running out of money. He also made some fine, tight narrative films (such as Paper Moon). It just doesn't square that he would make a bloated doc about a perfectly pleasant, but hardly transcendent, musician such as Petty.

J. Freedom du Lac: Very strange, indeed.

The real stars of the documentary, as far as I'm concerned? Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. Dylan surfaces via footage of the tour he did with TP and the Heartbreakers, who also did interviews for the doc about that period. And, of course, he's there for the Wilburys sessions -- though he's never caught saying anything. He's always kind of skulking around on the margins. And there's something magical about Roy Orbison, who, of course, was at the center of the Wilburys sessions. He was one cool cat. And that voice!! Ohmy.


Washington, D.C.: While the debate is fun, I don't think it's possible to come up with an objective "best album of all time." But "Good Vibrations" was and is just a cosmic song -- almost beyond description and pretty hard to top.

J. Freedom du Lac: That's why magazines do lists all the time. Because people love to debate the rankings. Blogs post on them, newspapers write about them, the celebrijunk TV shows quote them, etc. And then they sell more copies on the newsstand.

You can bet your Ass Ponys albums that we'll be doing lists on our music blog when it's launched ... in 2014.


Pet Sounds:"Who's Next" - great songs from a broken concept record, and the synthesizers were at least a decade ahead of their time. Not to mention the consistently best of their albums.

J. Freedom du Lac: The polls are still open.


Long-Player:"Best Album" debates are fun. But the real question is - how many musicians will make great albums in the future (as opposed to individual songs)? Will the kids born in the 21st century have the attention span to appreciate 45 minutes of music in one sitting?

J. Freedom du Lac: Forget full-length albums. Will they even have the attention spans to appreciate 3 minutes, 32 seconds in one sitting?! In 10 years, we may well be having the best ringtone of all time debate.

Speaking of which, I need a new one. My phone is usually on vibrate, but sometimes I turn the ringer on, and when I do, I get kind of annoyed that I'm still hearing Amy Winehouse on my phone. That's so March of 2007.


Pet Sounds-music history 101: I think it would be interesting to hear why music critics (Rolling Stone, NME, you) rank Pet Songs as one of the most influential albums. Is it the lyrics, the engineering, the sound, the vocal layering? I'll admit I never gave it a thought when I was younger, but when I noticed that it pops up all the time on various music polls lists and gave it a serious listen, it's a deep magical complex piece of work.

J. Freedom du Lac: It's all of it. It's a really complex album in terms of composition and production/engineering. Very forward-thinking musicianship. Who else was blending different instruments to create a single note back then? His bass playing, too, moved the meter. There's really nothing not to like about the vocals. And the lyrics are pretty timeless and sort of advanced for the era. (It's funny to me that Wilson was working with an ad-copy guy on them.) He had a great idea and just nailed it -- the execution is pretty much flawless.


Fixing your ringtone: They tried to make me call Verizon, but I said no, no, no.

J. Freedom du Lac: Thank you.


Best Album of All Time Debate: Here's a selection from the Hip Hop genre: Nas "Illmatic"

J. Freedom du Lac: Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions" is my pick for the genre.


Anonymous: to each his own, but the little i have heard on this Britney spears album, it a far cry better than the non-singing pop jingles of her "younger" years. I would not buy it for free however.

the "cooing cyborg" line was classic. Is there a hall of fame for music critics. when this album goes straight "Aluminum" you make sure you tape that quote to it.

J. Freedom du Lac: Wouldn't that be the Music Critics Hall of Almost Famous?

We're not in it for the glory. We're in it to rip Adam Levine and James Blunt.


Arlington, Va.: Please tell me Weingarten doesn't work on the fourth floor.

J. Freedom du Lac: No! There's not enough room on the fourth floor for his talent. His moustache is kinda big, too.


Best All Time Debate: How about DJ Shadow "Entroducing" for the trip hop category?

J. Freedom du Lac: Yes.

I once went record shopping with Shadow, at a shop in Mill Valley, Calif. He brought this little portable record player with him. And spent, like, one hour digging through a single crate, looking for something he'd never heard before. That's a tough one.


Brian and his brothers: Your debate about "Pet Sounds" and Brian Wilson made me think of Dennis Wilson (who wrote a great Beach Boys song of his own, "Forever"). I'll be curious to see how Brian addressed his brothers in your interview.

J. Freedom du Lac: We didn't talk too much about them. That's one topic he doesn't really open up on. He's said in the past that he never did deal with Dennis and Carl's deaths.


The Best Album Ever: In playing this parlor game, do I need to exclude all releases by Tool, Korn and Maroon 5? Because otherwise, the whole thing is going to be kind of skewed.

J. Freedom du Lac: Skewed is one way of spelling it.


Richmond, Va.:"Just a heads up that we'll be starting a bit late today. We will be ready to go at 2:30, and you'll still get your full hour."

That's 1000 pushups and 500 suicides for J. Free for being late.

J. Freedom du Lac: Would it be in poor taste to make a Joy Division joke here? Yeah, I guess it would.

At least I announced ahead of time that I'd be late. Unlike a bald, glasses-wearing colleague of mine from the sports department.


Eh, I'll just say it....: Best album of all time, Aenima. Ok, well, probably not the single greatest ever, I'm actualy rather mroe partial to "The Wall" if we're talking Floyd, but Aenima certainly is a hallmark for sheer anger in an album.

I await the stoning.

J. Freedom du Lac: Any stones? Anyone?


Best Album: Um, there's this little gem that I love called "Thriller"......

J. Freedom du Lac: OK.


Arlington, Va.: and how about showing some appreciation for the great Willie Nelson concept album, "Red Headed Stranger?"

J. Freedom du Lac: Great album. On some days, I like "Stardust" better. And on others, "Teatro."


Washington, D.C.: I'd nominate Darkness on the Edge of Town before I nominate Born to Run, much as I like BtR. I just think that Darkness is (barely) the better album of the two.

J. Freedom du Lac: OK.


Anonymous: Mt. Rushmore of American pop composers: Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson?

Who's next?

J. Freedom du Lac: Stevie Wonder?

I'm already on record as saying that Stevie should win next year's Gershwin Award. Brian Wilson has to be on the short list, too. But there's no way they'd give it to him the year after he gets a Kennedy Center Honor.


Silver Spring, Md.: Did you even listen to the album? Her voice is used (well) as an instrument in the 2nd and 3rd tracks. Many people have done this before (of course you would decline to include that little fact). In the rest of the album her voice is largely not distorted, thus I cannot see where you would come up with "cooing cyborg" unless you were trying to write what you think everyone wants you to. Or maybe you're just writing a bad review because everyone else loves the album? Or maybe you don't like this type of music anyway and would do better to go back to your Kanye or, heck, Josh Groban. If any of this is the case, for shame.

At first, I didn't like this album as much as her past work, but after listening to it for about a week (I received an advance copy) it has become my favorite of mine.

J. Freedom du Lac: Did YOU even listen to the album? If her voice is "largely not distorted" throughout the album, then why does she sound like a robot on said album -- and yet here on planet Earth, she sounds like a country girl with a wad of chewing gum in her mouth? (See: Interview with Matt Lauer.) If you can't hear the vocal processing, then you might need to seek professional help.

Yes, I'm sure everyone else loves the album. You all have fun with it while I sulk in my room because I've discovered that everyone did not, in fact, want me to come up with "cooing cyborg."

Kanye. Fightin' words. Funny.


Gershwin Awards: Carole King.

Billy Joel.

Don Henley.

David Byrne.

Worthy nominees all.

J. Freedom du Lac: Some of them, yes.

Carole King is a very smart pick.

I guess that Burt Bacharach guy will be in play, too.


river city: that aha moment came half an hour after your chat last week:

best movie soundtrack in the last few years:

"The Departed"

J. Freedom du Lac: It's a great one, for sure.

"Shipping up to Boston" was just perfect.


Stones: I'm sure the correct Stones answer is something like Let It Bleed or Exile on Main Street, but I'm pretty sure I could listen to Sticky Fingers on repeat for the rest of my life and not get bored.

J. Freedom du Lac: You know what's annoying about "Sticky Fingers"? The CD reissue with the oversized zipper cover doesn't really fit in my CD tower. Too much bulge.


Ow, my frickin' ears: What's the worst best selling album of all time? The one record that everyone would be ashamed of owning but had? Whitney Houston "Bodyguard", Hootie and the Blow "Crack Rear View Mirror", Zamphir "Master of the Panflute?"

J. Freedom du Lac: Bat Out of Hell?


Best Springsteen Album: It has to be Nebraska. There can be no debate.

J. Freedom du Lac: I love the sub-debates.


Arlington, Va.: Good afternoon to you. Just wondered if you or any of the WP music critics ventured out to the New Pornographers show at the 9:30 Saturday night. I thought it was an awesome show, but then we were a pretty adoring crowd.

If any bloggers didn't get a chance to buy tickets before the show sold out, the webcast is available on the NPR website.

p.s. Emma Pollock was great too and very cute with the Scots accent. New Pornographers at 9:30 Club review


Just to toss another one or two out...: Exile on Main Street-Da Stones

Ten-Pearl Jam

Eh, I think alot of the other great ones have been named. Heck of alot from the end of the 60's, not so many since. Funny, or sad?

J. Freedom du Lac: Go back to "Ten" and listen closely to the production. It's a mess. You might change your mind.


Re: Mt Rushmore of Pop: Come on, Bob Dylan has GOT to be on there.

J. Freedom du Lac: Writers? Of course!

Composers? Ehm....


Best Album Debate: Freedom--

I'm a (relatively) long-time fan of music (I'm 29), so I've grown up listening/reading these debates about best albums/songs/musicians and notice that the field of choices tends to skew heavily towards rock/rock-derivative music, but often omits R&B, rap, etc.

Curious if you have a critic's guess as to why that is, outside of genre-specific coverage of these types.

My picks for 21st Century "greats"? College Dropout, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Back to Black (?) to name a few....

J. Freedom du Lac: Just has to do with the personal preferences of the folks hanging out here.

The unbearable whiteness of chatting, etc.

Speaking of which, we forgot to discuss Sasha Frere-Jones today.

Ah, well -- next time.

Agree with "Miseducation," by the way. One of my favorites.

Thanks for stopping by today, folks.

Same place, different time (2p EST) next week?


Falls Church, Va.: Best single ever:

Afternoon Delight!!!

J. Freedom du Lac: Bingo!


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