Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Last night was a blast at the Faint show. I recommend going tonight or tomorrow if you have a ticket or finding a friend with an extra one and going with her. It's well worth the investment.

So, what happened in the world of music today? Feast on these headlines!

• Brooklyn Vegan has a great list of 10 things metal bands have said on stage in 2009. I always love between song banter.

• Julian Casablancas of the Strokes has a new video from his solo thing.

• John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants talks to the A.V. Club.

• 2009 seemed to be the year of the NSFW music video (that's "not safe for work" for the uninitiated). Stereogum lists the top 10 in that category.

• Spin is offering a free download of music to watch out for in 2010.

• Lil Wayne started his pre-jailtime tour last night.

• Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, drummer for Avenged Sevenfold, has died. Sullivan was 28.

• Rolling Stone looks at the decade's wildest moments.

• A Patti Smith documentary will air on PBS. It's also Ms. Smith's birthday tomorrow.

• Van Morrison had another child. He's 64. Most impressive.

• LA Times' Pop & Hiss blog looks at the 42 memorable music moments from 2009.

Completely unrelated to music: A new trailer is out for Kevin Smith's new movie, "Cop Out." One, I love me some Kevin Smith. Two, last time I read about this movie, it was called "A Couple of Dicks," which sounds a lot funnier. Three, this does not look that funny and it doesn't have Kevin Smith's name attached to it except in the credits. Interesting.

Today in rock history: In 1966, The Beatles began recording "Penny Lane" at EMI.

Birthdays: Singer Marianne Faithfull is 63 today. Jim Reid, singer of The Jesus and Mary Chain, is 48.

Today's Mail: A third copy of Katharine McPhee's "Unbroken." I guess they really want me to review this one.

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