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July 26, 2010

Whartscape recap, J. Roddy Walston & the Business profile

ed schraderHappy Monday morning, gang. How was your weekend?

I had a nice and relaxing one, for a chance. I'm actually feeling good on a Monday morning, which is a first for me, in a while at least.

What did you miss this weekend? Well, Whartscape had to deal with the monsoon that swept in yesterday afternoon/evening. Julie Scharper was there for it, and wrote this Whartscape recap for the paper.

Also, ace photographer Josh Sisk shot three days of the experimental music festival. Here's a link to his Whartscape photos. ...

Lastly, my big J. Roddy Walston & the Business profile came out yesterday. It was the centerpiece of the Sunday Arts section, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little proud of it. 

The story opens with the difference between rock and rock 'n' roll. I had a quote that I knew would never make the paper, so I decided to put it here:

"Rock 'n' roll is big and mysterious and romantic," Walston said. "Rock bands make theme songs for date rape."

Glad they're a rock 'n' roll band, and not one of those rock bands. 

Last but certainly not least, I pitched in for the faux reality TV show piece which ran in today's paper. Have you seen it yet? It's a list of five reality TV show spinoffs -- like, what if these shows were filmed in Maryland.

Instead of "Jersey Shore," it's "Eastern Shore." Then there's the "The Avenue" (a spin-off of "The Hills") and more. Sun writer Jill Rosen did a hilarious job with it. Since I'm the Eastern Shore native, I wrote the "Eastern Shore" section. I'm sure we'll get some angry reader e-mails, but this one's worth it.

(Photo of Ed Schrader looking like a crazy man by Josh Sisk)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:30 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Local music


Hey Sam,
If you click on the link below the J.Roddy story on the entertainment page that says:
"Concert info: J. Roddy Walston and the Business CD release" their music category is listed as "indie and rock".
There may be nothing you can do about that but it seems a little silly that the rock/rock and roll distinction is made in the article and then their listed as a rock band.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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