Broken Bells continue their promotional blitz this week with a stop by Fallon’s stage last night to play “The Ghost Inside”.
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Pavement’s best-of compilation, Quarantine the Past, is the greatest album you shouldn’t buy. It’s a (mostly) well-chosen, nicely packaged collection of terrific songs from arguably the best band of the 1990s and one of the best indie bands ever. Instead, what you should do is this: pick up the double-CD reissue of their first album, Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe. Two days later, you will find yourself at Borders or on Amazon buying the reissue of their second CD, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.’s Desert Origins. And so on, until you have all five of their full-length albums. The reissues also provide you with the best cuts from their many fine EPs, as well as a lot of stray material and live tracks. In the long run, this approach will make you happier. And don’t complain about how much it will cost. I know what you spend at Starbucks every week.
Did you miss him? No? Neither did we. Well, whether we want him to be or not, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be a familiar sight on TV again soon — as a contestant on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” starting Sunday.
To kick off his latest self-promotional campaign, Blagojevich read the Top 10 list on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Wednesday: “Questions Rod Blagojevich Asked Himself Before Appearing on ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’”
10. “Can I get paid in shampoo?”
9. “Would I rather stay unemployed than work for Trump?”
8. “Should I bring my attorney?”
7. “Do I have anything better to do?”
6. “Is there any chance NBC will replace me with Leno?”
5. “Can I get paid in conditioner?”
4. “Haven’t I been through enough?”
3. “How about my own show, ‘The Haircut Ref’?”
2. “How come I’m not a governor and Paterson is?”
1. “Will my hair get along with Trump’s hair?”
The National release their eagerly awaited new album High Violet on May 11, but they previewed the lead tune for the Fallon audience.
Releasing: 6 April
Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog make their Anti- Records debut this April with a set of tunes focused on a couple of cheery topics like despair and doubt. Well, we are still recovering from the recession after all. Bassist Toby Leaman says of the album: “It’s hard when you spend half your time away from your friends and family to feel like you’re as connected as you could be to the people around you. I think that’s a lot of what this album is about. ‘I’m alone of my own making’—that attitude. You see that all these people have lives and things go on and on, and if you’re in a band it’s pretty much static. ‘What are you going to do this year?’ ‘Well, I’m going to make an album, and I’m going to go on tour.’ That’s your life. You see your friends and you wonder how close you are to the people you feel close to, because maybe you haven’t seen them for months and months. I’m not complaining, because this is all we’ve ever wanted, but it’s a disorienting way to live.”
02 Shadow People
04 Unbearable Why
05 Where’d All The Time Go?
07 I Only Wear Blue
09 Mirror, Mirror
10 Jackie Wants A Black Eye
11 Shame, Shame