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COLUMN

 » Missed the Boat #6: Supergroups and Solo Surprises - In a time when more albums than ever are being made and fewer publications can afford to exist, more gatekeepers than ever are needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here's this month's batch of unreviewed but worth your time records that may have been overlooked.
[08.16.2010 by Dan Weiss]

COLUMN

 » Missed the Boat #5 - In a time when more albums than ever are being made and fewer publications can afford to exist, more gatekeepers than ever are needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here's this month's batch of unreviewed but worth your time records that may have been overlooked.
[07.07.2010 by Dan Weiss]

LITERATURE

 » 33 1/3: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Whereas Geeta Dayal's well-intentioned Another Green World book started to shore up my impatience for an album where I was usually able to ignore Phil Collins' playing credits, Christopher R. Weingarten performs a minor miracle and brings me around to an album I always found slightly overrated for its massive impact.
[07.07.2010 by Dan Weiss]

COLUMN

 » Missed the Boat #4 - In a time when more albums than ever are being made and fewer publications can afford to exist, more gatekeepers than ever are needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here's this month's batch of unreviewed but worth your time records that may have been overlooked.
[05.24.2010 by Dan Weiss]

LITERATURE

 » 33 1/3: Another Green World - Despite Geeta Dayal's frustrated-sounding efforts to wring an interesting story from Brian Eno's monumental album, her book strains to justify its own existence. It's incredibly padded and quickly grows repetitive.
[04.27.2010 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » The xx / jj / Nosaj Thing: LIVE - Over the weekend in Canada this well-hyped triple bill (of double letters, ridiculously lowercased) provided an across-the-board survey of the great powers and limitations of onstage electronics.
[04.06.2010 by Dan Weiss]

COLUMN

 » Missed the Boat #3 - In a time when more albums than ever are being made and fewer publications can afford to exist, more gatekeepers than ever are needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here's this month's batch of unreviewed but worth your time records that may have been overlooked.
[11.03.2009 by Dan Weiss]

COLUMN

 » Missed the Boat #2 - In a time when more albums than ever are being made and fewer publications can afford to exist, more gatekeepers than ever are needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here's this month's batch of unreviewed but worth your time records that may have been overlooked.
[09.07.2009 by Dan Weiss]

COLUMN

 » Michael Jackson, 1958-2009 - My first musical memory was the "Black or White" video. I asked my dad, "Why is that woman named Michael?" Now that The King of Pop is gone, taking a look back at whatever Monster or Magic he was, it is more clear than ever that everything about him was always misunderstood.
[07.03.2009 by Dan Weiss]

COLUMN

 » Missed the Boat #1 - In a time when more albums than ever are being made and fewer publications can afford to exist, more gatekeepers than ever are needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here's this month's batch of unreviewed but worth your time records that may have been overlooked.
[06.29.2009 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Steinski vs. Girl Talk - In the latest hypothetical brawl of the "versus" series, we're pitting a 1983-2006 Retrospective of Steven Stein's production work against the latest banger from the reigning king of dance floor mash-up madness. Thickening the soup is the fact that its a family feud of sort, with both albums coming from the Illegal Art label. Oh, drama.
[12.18.2008 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » TVOTR vs. The Knux - Take it from a TV on the Radio hater, Dear Science is worth every pull quote. And though I don't have that sort of credibility for the Knux, they can hang too. Maybe if the success d'estime can teach the Knux something about humanity, the rappers can give them a primer on guitar tunings. As America demonstrated a week ago, anything can happen.
[11.11.2008 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Al Green - Lay It Down, released in early summer, is Al Green's best work in years, but the years are just as good. Why the album particularly sounds like Grammy gold, and I hope it is, is because all Green needed was a star to hitch his campaign trail to. Enter ?uestlove.
[10.23.2008 by Dan Weiss]

FESTIVALS

 » All Points West 2008 - I Went to All Points West and All I Got was this Lousy Scar On My Wrist. Dan Weiss reports on an eventful weekend, which included three days at the New Jersey festival billed as the East Coast Coachella, not to mention a morning leafing through mugshots.
[08.12.2008 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Portishead - When reconsidering the band's recently-released third studio album, which he considers the ugliest record he's heard in some time, LAS staff writer Dan Williams can no longer deny that the shakes it gives him are not bad. After six months Third is truly a blessing as a puzzle worth parsing.
[07.22.2008 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » 33-1/3: Reign In Blood - In his detailed analysis of Slayer's seminal 1986 album for Continuum Books' revered 33-1/3 series, D.X. Ferris doesn't open a whole new world of perspective on the album, but he does dig up a few anecdotal tidbits worthy of conversation, and gets Tori Amos to fantasize about menstruation over Afghanistan.
[06.23.2008 by Dan Weiss]

LITERATURE

 » Black Postcards - From his days at Harvard with the indie dreamscicles Galaxie 500 to his broader success with Luna and that band's subsequent dissolution, Dean Wareham's memoir is measured in relationships. That most of them seem to have failed isn't the point, the point being equal parts "Rock & Roll" and "Romance."
[03.27.2008 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Mountain Goats, The: LIVE - Recording artists have a long history of hitting the road to move units of new albums, but when John Darnielle and his decidedly rockist backing band rolled into New York this month in support of Heretic Pride, their Webster Hall performance didn't do it any favors.
[03.25.2008 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Be Your Own Pet - After blasting out of nowhere and garnering widespread critical acclaim for their eponymous 2006 debut, the youthful quartet of Nashville prodigies are hoping to capitalize on their momentum with the upcoming release of Get Awkward. LAS staffer Dan Weiss recently sat down with the band to talk about recording, Walt Disney, and guitar shredders.
[02.27.2008 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Mike Doughty vs. Nick Lowe - In looking at two albums - one new, one old - (re)released on Tuesday, LAS staff writer Dan Weiss found a unifying truth at the heart of his latest "versus" installment. "Aging sucks, and one thing Mike Doughty and Nick Lowe have in common is that they prove the hell out of it."
[02.21.2008 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Lifesavas vs. Ghostface Killah - Continuing in the spirit of his Kanye West vs. 50 Cent match-up and his comparison of pianists PJ Harvey and Nellie McKay, LAS staff writer Dan Weiss pairs up Portland's indie hip-hop powerhouse and the legendary Wu Tang primary for a head-to-head.
[11.21.2007 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Art Brut - "Galleries in Los Angeles just have people sitting around quietly with mochas or whatever, and art galleries in England just piss me off. I was getting quite angry about that really." LAS staff writer Dan Weiss recently cornered Argos in a laundry room for a chat about the lack of novelty in his novelty act.
[11.09.2007 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Yo La Tengo: LIVE - One thing you have to love about this band is their willingness to put themselves in challenging situations. Would any other quite feedback-laden band be willing to strip down to acoustics and brushes for two hours on the altar in a church, all the while fielding questions and impromptu requests from the audience?
[10.26.2007 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » PJ Harvey vs. Nellie McKay - What is it about the piano that yields such specific expectations? Maybe the naked plink inspires solitude and the hovering echo demands proper spacing, but the great, glistening elephant-teeth machine only competes with a marching snare drum as arguably the most attention-getting solo instrument. In the spirit of the Kanye West vs. 50 Cent match-up, let's compare pianists.
[10.22.2007 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Kanye West vs. 50 Cent - With the official sales numbers already in -- Graduation eclipsed Curtis by some 200,000 units -- LAS staff writer Dan Weiss takes a look at yesterday's "Decision 2007" album rivalry, but does so by the music, not the numbers.
[09.12.2007 by Dan Weiss]

MUSIC

 » Northern State - Trios of female rappers with redeemable politics of any race only come along once a decade (Luscious Jackson being the last shot), and look at all the high-minded stuff they name-check; Chekhov and Snoopy in the same couplet. Give these three girls credit for trying to exhume some legends.
[08.28.2007 by Dan Weiss]
Reviews
»Curtis
50 Cent
G-Unit
»A Place to Bury Strangers
A Place to Bury Strangers
Killer Pimp
»None Shall Pass
Aesop Rock
Def Jux
»New Wave
Against Me!
Sire
»Absolute Value
Akrobatik
Fat Beats
»Get Awkward
Be Your Own Pet
Ecstatic Peace!
»Wild Mountain Nation
Blitzen Trapper
self-released
»Marina Gasolina
Bonde Do RolÍ
Domino
»Afterparty Babies
Cadence Weapon
Anti-
»I Stole Your Animal
Care Bears On Fire
Daisy Explosion
»33 1/3: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Christopher R. Weingarten
Continuum
»33 1/3: Reign In Blood
D.X. Ferris
Continuum
»Black Postcards
Dean Wareham
Penguin
»Rise Above
Dirty Projectors
Dead Oceans
»Maths + English
Dizzee Rascal
Def Jux
»Drug Rug
Drug Rug
Black & Greene
»The Best of the Black President
Fela Kuti
Knitting Factory
»33 1/3: Another Green World
Geeta Dayal
Continuum
»Arms Down
Get Him Eat Him
Absolutely Kosher
»Big Dough Rehab
Ghostface Killah
Def Jam
»Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday
Sub Pop
»Devil If You Can Hear Me
Heather Leigh Murray
Volcanic Tongue
»Made In the Dark
Hot Chip
DFA
»Happiness Ltd.
Hot Hot Heat
Sire
»The Thieves of Kailua
Jason Holstrom
Mill Pond
»Jeanius
Jean Grae & 9th Wonder
Blacksmith
»Night Falls Over Kortedala
Jens Lekman
Secretly Canadian
»Graduation
Kanye West
Roc-A-Fella
»Tha Clean Up
Knobody
Hiero Imperium
»X
Kylie Minogue
Astralwerks
»Tha Carter III
Lil' Wayne
Cash Money
»It's Not Me, It's You
Lily Allen
Capitol
»Twelve Angry Months
Local H
Shout! Factory
»The Cool
Lupe Fiasco
Atlantic
»Everywhere at Once
Lyrics Born
Quannum
»Kala
M.I.A.
Interscope
»BOSS
Magik Markers
Ecstatic Peace!
»Golden Delicious
Mike Doughty
ATO
»Obligatory Villagers
Nellie McKay
Hungry Mouse
»Fantastic Playroom
New Young Pony Club
Modular
»Jesus of Cool
Nick Lowe
Yep Rock
»Can I Keep This Pen?
Northern State
Ipecac
»The Bricks Might Breathe Again
Painted Saints
self-released
»White Chalk
PJ Harvey
Island
»Third
Portishead
Mercury
»Under the Blacklight
Rilo Kiley
Warner Bros.
»New Forms≤
Roni Size/Reprazent
Talkin' Loud
»In Defense of the Genre
Say Anything
J
»Elect the Dead
Serj Tankian
Serjical Strike
»Treats
Sleigh Bells
N.E.E.T.
»Greatest Hits
Sly & The Family Stone
Legacy
»Pulling Out Just Enough to Win
Tab the Band
North Street
»New Magnetic Wonder
The Apples in Stereo
Yep Roc
»Funplex
The B-52s
Astralwerks
»Mountain Battles
The Breeders
4AD
»Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
The Cribs
Warner Bros.
»The Ortolan
The Deadly Syndrome
Dim Mak
»The Hazards of Love
The Decemberists
Capitol
»Help Wanted Nights
The Good Life
Saddle Creek
»Distortion
The Magnetic Fields
Nonesuch
»When You Don't Know What You Want
Theswimmingpools
self-released
»O
Tilly and the Wall
Team Love
»All Y'All
Travis Morrison Hellfighters
Barsuk
»Underground Kingz
UGK
Jive
»Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
XL
»Now That's What I Call Music! 25
Various Artists
Universal
»Bring On The Comets
VHS or Beta
Astralwerks
»Brain Thrust Mastery
We Are Scientists
Virgin
»Total Magique
We Are Wolves
Dare to Care
»Playtime is Over
Wiley
Big Dada
»8 Diagrams
Wu-Tang Clan
Motown
»Left For Dead
Wussy
Shake It