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As promised: The state of my “2009 awesomeness” playlist, in which I collect the songs that catch my ear as the year progresses in order to not make my best-of list a last-minute-of-December clusterfuck sort of thing. (It inevitably winds up being like that, but you know, I have noble intentions.) It’s after the jump, and has some contextual links added in. Feel free to make your own and share it here! More »
This weekend’s Saturday Night Live was another sign that the show’s writers are still trying to figure out how to navigate the post-Sarah Palin landscape, with a sorta-depressing skit about host Zac Efron’s realization that he will never shake the “teen idol” tag placed around his neck by High School Musical being the nominal highlight; there was also a sketch featuring Bon Jovi “opposite band” Jon Bovi that went on so long, I pictured the show’s director waving frantically behind the camera, making gum-stretching gestures at Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte out of fear that the show would end at 12:45. Oh, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played, too; the trio performed their new single “Zero” (which I really want to hear the Killers’ take on, to be honest; at the very least, Karen O and Brandon Flowers are kindred spirits in shoulder-plumage) and the old chestnut “Maps,” I guess in the hopes that the Zac-loving tweens who tuned in would remember the song from their brothers’ endless Rock Band sessions. Clips after the jump.
Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Fall Out Boy, the Prodigy, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are among the acts playing this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, the twinned festivals that will be held in the UK during the last weekend of August. The Guardian notes that unlike other outdoor extravaganzas in the UK, Reading and Leeds are not sowing the oats of nostalgia, picking for its headliners acts that have actually had albums come out during the latter half of the ’00s. Progress sure looks funny these days! Full bills after the jump.