Maura | December 29, 2008 - 9:30 am

Oh you guys, how perfect is it that the Animal… More »

Seven Stories You May Have Missed While Staying Away From The Computer

Maura | December 29, 2008 - 9:00 am

A little light reading for those of you stuck at work, or in front of your computer, today (some stories may even give you anecdote material for your New Year’s socializing):
• Stephen Holden recalls the career of Eartha Kitt, who passed away at age 81 on Thursday. [NYT]
• Kelefa Sanneh emerges from the… More »

No. 13: M.I.A., “Paper Planes”

Michaelangelo Matos | December 29, 2008 - 5:00 am

I left Slumdog Millionaire during the mansion scene—I couldn’t watch someone be that stupid anymore, sorry. Flimsy framing device, too. But even I had to admit that when “Paper Planes” came on it matched the images perfectly—even if I also think playing the entire song in the middle of the movie was, well, kind of… More »

No. 14: The Internet Is Never Gonna Give Rick Astley Up

Maura | December 29, 2008 - 4:00 am

Oh, sure, the phenomenon of “rickrolling”—in which an unsuspecting Web browser is led to an online rip of Rick Astley’s Stock/Aitken/Waterman-penned hit “Never Gonna Give You Up,” for the sole purpose of bringing lulz—originated in 2007. But it wasn’t until 2008 that shocking people with a little bit of gleaming, synth-drum-laden blue-eyed soul really took… More »

No. 15: Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

Mike Barthel | December 29, 2008 - 3:00 am

I can understand why “Single Ladies” might be horrifying on an ideological level, but anyone who’s followed Beyoncé’s career can’t be all that surprised by it. For B, romance has always been a cold and materialistic thing, a battle of the sexes in which traditional gender roles are used as secure battlements from which to… More »

No. 16: Global Reissues Bonanza

Michaelangelo Matos | December 29, 2008 - 2:00 am

Originally I was going to put “African,” not “Global,” in the title of this post. (I haven’t thought of anything better than MABEL or ANABEL yet either.) You could well imagine that between three Nigeria Specials from Soundway, one Nigeria 70 from Strut, not to mention two double-CD Franco overviews—one messy and fun, one chronological… More »

No. 17: The “Vinyl Is Back” Trend Story Keeps Coming Back

Maura | December 29, 2008 - 1:00 am

In 2008 it was hard to find feel-good stories about the music industry—you know, the type that populate your local trade rags and second-tier business sections, or at least did until the world economy went kerplooey—which was probably why the popularity of the “vinyl is back” piece, in which a somewhat statistically significant jump in… More »

No. 22: Summer Festivals Blanket America, Leave Music Fans Gasping For Air

Maura | December 24, 2008 - 12:00 pm

A glut of festivals rode the 2000s’ bubble all the way to various parks and open spaces in America this summer, with new ones seemingly taking up every weekend between May and September and somehow attracting enough paying customers to not get canceled in advance, despite bills that boasted the same headliners week-in and week-out… More »

Teenage Angst Has Paid Off Well Dept.

Maura | December 24, 2008 - 11:30 am

The smashed-to-bits remnants of a guitar that… More »

No. 23: Santogold, “Lights Out”

Kate Richardson | December 24, 2008 - 11:00 am

“L.E.S. Artistes” may be the punchy, widely hyped lead track on Santogold’s self-titled debut, but the real gem of the album is “Lights Out.” There’s an effortless appeal about the song that both enhances and downplays its greatness. Singer Santi White’s breezy vocals drift over the hefty bass line, while other hooky background elements—a fuzzy… More »

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