Good morning! Wale has offended Baltimore. Later today on Arts Desk, we’ll ponder: Why does D.C.’s biggest rapper have the lamest controversies ever?
Why does WaPo‘s Blake Gopnik get to review the Hirshhorn’s Yves Klein retrospective twice?
City Desk points to a Flickr stream of historic D.C. photos uploaded by DDOT. Sockets posts a seriously hot new track from the Cornel West Theory, from the group’s forthcoming mix tape. Ruffian Records files an update—-Ruffian and Sockets will be collaborating on a series of split 7-inches of D.C. bands. Names mentioned in the Ruffian post: Buildings, Noon:30, Imperial China.
Got my review copy of the Arcade Fire‘s The Suburbs yesterday, and I’ve yet to complete a straight-through listen. I’ll save my overall impression for, well, when I have one. For now, my favorite moment on the record comes nearly an hour in, on the Régine Chassagne-sung “Sprawl II (Mountains Be…),” which has a “Heart of Glass” bounce and a foreboding tint. As for the critical love: It’s trickling out, even though the record doesn’t land until August 3. Oh, and: Since I wanted an excuse to embed that Cap’n Jazz clip up yonder, here’s a reminder that tonight’s Black Cat installment of the band’s reunion tour is very sold out.
- Drive or metro to Guapo’s for margaritas by 6:30 pm;
- Pay bill and walk to Fort Reno’s field by 7:30 pm;
- Commit to watching at least two of the bands;
- Gaze at smoke bomb plumes wafting out of the porta-potty;
- Feel kinda old since the field contains a lot of high school students;
- Hit the ice cream truck to feel young again;
- and Get tired from the margaritas and head home.
Only thing missing? The return visit to Guapo’s.