Entries from November 2011

New Cursive out in February

November 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on New Cursive out in February

Cursive will release yet another lyrically thematic album on February 21, 2012 when Saddle Creek issues the band’s seventh full-length, I Am Gemini. Via the press release: I Am Gemini is the surreal and powerful musical tale of Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth. One good and one evil, their unexpected reunion in […]

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(Hopefully Not) Sonic Youth’s Last Concert Ever

November 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

After issuing a joint statement announcing an end to their 27-year marriage via their record company, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon essentially gave Sonic Youth an expiration date (because being in a band with your ex probably wouldn’t pan out too well). It’s hard to imagine a world without Sonic Youth. The band has been […]

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In Case You Were Wondering: Courtney Love Is Still Batshit Crazy

November 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on In Case You Were Wondering: Courtney Love Is Still Batshit Crazy

Courtney Love recently stormed off stage in Brazil because a fan held up a photograph of her deceased husband, Kurt Cobain. As with most actions by this woman, her ramblings on stage seemed inexplicable at the time. Her nonsensical rant also included digs at former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl. In […]

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Isbells – Maybe

November 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on Isbells – Maybe

This song has been haunting me for weeks now. Sort of a Belgian Red House Painters.

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The New Order Reunion Is a Joke without Peter Hook

November 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

New Order reunited recently to help raise money for friend and video-producer Michael Shamberg, as he fights a debilitating illness. Well, some of New Order reunited. Bassist Peter Hook was sadly absent from the festivities. Not every band’s bassist is integral to its sound. Some bass players are, in fact, totally replaceable. However, Peter Hook […]

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Laura Marling Performs “Night After Night” on WNYC’s Spinning On Air

November 11th, 2011 · 3 Comments

I was only recently turned onto Laura Marling. I read a reference to her in some record review, which I wish I could locate now. The reference was so glowing I stopped whatever I was reading and immediately looked her up. When I saw that she was categorized as “folk,” I almost quit before actually […]

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Ryan Adams Performs “Ashes & Fire” on Jools Holland

November 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on Ryan Adams Performs “Ashes & Fire” on Jools Holland

With his latest album Ashes & Fire, Ryan Adams seems to have reconnected with much of his audience, although I’m confused as to why he had to reconnect in the first place. I don’t have much in common with those who haven’t liked anything since Heartbreaker. I don’t even really understand that attitude. I mean, […]

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The Horrors Do Justice to Bowie’s “Suffragette City”

November 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Horrors Do Justice to Bowie’s “Suffragette City”

The Horrors perform an extremely capable cover of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust-era “Suffragette City” for Channel 4?s On Trackā€¦ program. It’s a live, in-studio take, but it sounds amazing. From the mixing to the multi-angle camera-work, this is high-budget, high-quality stuff. This band grows by leaps and bounds with every album, and it’s latest, Skying, […]

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Elvis Costello readies “Return of the Spinning Songbook” Limited Box Set

November 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on Elvis Costello readies “Return of the Spinning Songbook” Limited Box Set

Elvis Costello revived his “Spectacular Spinning Songbook” for a brief tour this past spring. The last time Master Costello had spun the wheel on stage was during his 1986 “Spinning Songbook” tour, wherein the setlist was chosen by the random spin of the wheel with various and sundry hits to choose from the prolific songwriter’s […]

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VIDEO: Gauntlet Hair “Keep Time”

November 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I’ve been looking forward to this band’s debut full-length all year. This is the first video of its self-titled venture on Dead Oceans. Drenched in reverb. With lost more reverb. Staccato beats. Echoing semi-shouted vocals. It’s a gloriously noisy racket. +1.

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VIDEO: Class Actress “Keep You”

November 11th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This album has been on constant repeat for the past few weeks thanks to K. Completely infectious, stripped-down, dark synth-pop, replete with hand-claps and sex-bored vocals. “Keep You” is the opening track off the record, and the one I return to the most. This video is unofficial and features footage from 1967’s Anna starring Anna […]

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VIDEO: Duran Duran “Girl Panic!”

November 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Duran Duran “Girl Panic!”

Duran Duran has released Girl Panic!, the third single from its Mark Ronson-produced and semi-comeback album All You Need Is Now. The video for Girl Panic! lifts a page from George Michael’s “Freedom” but takes the idea much deeper: A cast of well-known supermodels (Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Yasmin Le Bon, Eva Herzigova, and Helena […]

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