Archive for December, 2009

MXDWN’s Favorite Albums of the Decade

December 31st, 2009

Ah, the 2000’s. The 00’s. The ‘Aughties’ or ‘Noughties’ if you will. It was a big decade for anyone who lived through it. We’ve seen the inaugurations of two new presidents, endured two of the worst national tragedies of our recent history, and watched the internet and digital technology literally take over our daily lives, for better and for worse. There was also a lot of great music, both in single and album form. Given the emergence of the MP3, iEverything, and services from Napster to Pandora to Lala over the years, it could be seen as miraculous that the album as an art form holds any continued relevance at all these days. That it continues to thrive both artistically and even commericially is both a testament to the times and to the continued (even enhanced) quality of such albums. Of course it helped that we we had so many great online music publications crop up during that time to sing their praises (not going to name names). So, on the last eve of this fine decade and after months of hard work and debate, we bring you MXDWN’s Favorite 100 Albums of the Decade to sing those praises one last time before moving on to the 10’s (Teens?). Have a look at what moved and motivated us to write about music over the years and keep checking back as individual writers chime in on their personal faves. Happy New Year! Read more…

By Robert Huff Posted in Features

MXDWN’s Favorite Songs of the Decade

December 31st, 2009

With the birth and growth of the MP3 as the default way to experience music over the last ten years, individual songs have been given an even brighter spotlight over their parent albums, often abandoning them altogether. The 100 choice tracks listed below reflect some of the best genres, albums, artists, and individual moments of sonic achievement of the decade. Here are MXDWN’s Favorite Songs of the ’00s. Keep checking back as various writers chime in with reflections on personal picks… Read more…

By Robert Huff Posted in Features

Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” Video by Spike Lee Revealed

December 28th, 2009

After the King of Pop’s sudden death in June of 2009, documentary footage of his rehearsals for his upcoming This Is It Tour was pieced together to create the documentary of the same name.  Spike Lee has now revealed his music video for the song “This Is It.”  Originally played during the credits of the documentary, Lee decided to compile a mini-documentary, using archival footage from Jackson’s life.  Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News , ,

Faith No More Thanks Fans/US Tour tbd

December 28th, 2009

Faith No More wished their fans Happy Holidays and a big thank-you through their mailing list, as well as updating fans on their progress. They’ve completed two European tours and one of South America. The band is in the process of choosing dates for their US tour which will be posted on their website, New photos of Leg 3: South America are available on their website now.

By Jennika Ingram Posted in News ,

Impromptu Busking by famed musicians in Dublin: Hansard, Bono, Rice & Mundy

December 28th, 2009

What a surprise for Dublin’s Christmas eve shoppers who spotted Bono, Glen Hansard of the Swell Season, Damien Rice and Mundy busking! This hour-long impromptu performance on Grafton Street raised money for the Simon Community, a charity organization helping Ireland’s homeless. The famous musicians sung Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’, Dylan’s ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ and Mic Christopher’s ‘Hey Day’. Several passerby’s posted links on You Tube.

Hansard is known for his role in the Oscar winning movie, “Once” where his character also performed on Grafton Street with his partner in Swell Season Marketa Irglova.

By Jennika Ingram Posted in News

Photos: Silversun Pickups, The Dandy Warhols and Matt & Kim, Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA. November 3rd 2009.

December 25th, 2009

LA Weekly’s first LA 101 event was held at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal Studios. Performances by local band Dengue Fever, Matt & Kim and Oregon veterans The Dandy Warhols were followed by a homecoming gig for Los Angeles favorites the Silversun Pickups, playing their first LA concert in a long time.

Photos by Marv Watson.

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By Marv Watson Posted in Features

Mos Def – The Ecstatic

December 24th, 2009


Black gold mined from all over the world

There’s a lot to say about Mos Def’s The Ecstatic. It’s his best in years, if not ever. Everyone was disappointed (with due cause) in his last few releases, all of which made fans go ‘What the.. ?’ He was busy working on movies and other non-rap things, but where was his next Black Star or Black on Both Sides? Clearly he was fulfilling some contractual obligations but did we have to wait until Geffen let him go? Seems like it, and it was totally worth the wait. Read more…

By Bill Chenevert Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Wavves – Wavvves

December 22nd, 2009

Wavves - Wavvves

Williams makes Waves with Wavves

Twenty-two-year-old Nathan Williams is more than just an average guy; he is Wavves, a one-man, lo-fi punk band. Since his home-recorded cassette tapes and general turbulence took to its throne in damaged eardrums in 2008, Williams has become the source of much discussion from chatterboxes worldwide. Read more…

By Tom Gayton Posted in Reviews

Radiohead to Hit Studio in January

December 21st, 2009

Between Thom Yorke’s rants about the lack of results at the Copenhagen’s Climate Summit, guitarist Ed O’Brien announced on that the band would be returning to the studio in January 2010 to continue work on its next album.  Although Thom played a number of solo dates last October (with Red Hot Chili Pepper’s bassist Flea and drummer Joey Waronker), the the band began working on their latest over the summer. Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News , ,

Rage Against the Machine’s Anarchy Christmas Miracle of 2009

December 21st, 2009

Although originally released in 1992, Rage Against the Machine’s single, “Killing in the Name,”  reached Number 1 on the UK Christmas single chart.  The band has released the following statement in response to the “Anarchy Christmas Miracle of 2009″: Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News