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De La Soul Offers Entire Catalog for Free for Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2014 · Comments Off on De La Soul Offers Entire Catalog for Free for Valentine’s Day

De La Soul’s seminal debut, the witty and weird and wonderful 3 Feet High and Rising, was released 25 years ago. In honor of that quarter-century mark, De La Soul’s offering a free download of its entire catalog for 25 hours on the group’s website. The download bonanza will begin on Friday, Feb. 14 at […]

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Owls Return After 13-Year Hiatus

February 4th, 2014 · Comments Off on Owls Return After 13-Year Hiatus

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Merge Reissues Richard Buckner’s Bloomed; Buckner Extends Living Room Tour

February 4th, 2014 · Comments Off on Merge Reissues Richard Buckner’s Bloomed; Buckner Extends Living Room Tour

Bloomed, released in 1994, was Richard Buckner’s first record, and his first great record. Unfortunately, it was released on an imprint of an unsympathetic major label that gave Buckner very little support in terms of promoting the record, leaving it to languish and die. Twenty years later, Buckner, since bounced from the major-label circuit after […]

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Slint’s Spiderland to Be Reissued as Mega-Deluxe Box Set

January 30th, 2014 · Comments Off on Slint’s Spiderland to Be Reissued as Mega-Deluxe Box Set

Slint’s landmark Spiderland, now 23 years old, will be reissued as a deluxe box set by Touch and Go in April. No other band was as largely overlooked during its relatively brief lifespan as Slint, which posthumously became one of the most influential and far-reaching bands to emerge from the American underground the 1980s. The […]

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Listen to Beck’s Beautifully Bummed-Out “Blue Moon”

January 20th, 2014 · Comments Off on Listen to Beck’s Beautifully Bummed-Out “Blue Moon”

I always thought Mutations was Beck’s most underappreciated record. My favorite of its many nifty tricks is how it sounds simple upon the first listen, then reveals more psychedelic layers upon each play. I’ve listened to “Blue Moon,” the first single from Beck’s upcoming Morning Phase, his first studio album since 2008’s Modern Guilt, probably […]

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Merge Plans Summer Festival Commemorating 25th Anniversary

January 15th, 2014 · Comments Off on Merge Plans Summer Festival Commemorating 25th Anniversary

Beloved and seminal North Carolina indie rock label Merge Records — home to such historically important indie rock bands as Archers of Loaf and Polvo and current chart-toppers Arcade Fire — celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and Merge is throwing one hell of a yearlong party. There’s the Or Thousands of Prizes subscription series, […]

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Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2013

December 31st, 2013 · Comments Off on Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2013

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patrick Wall is the man whose name you’d love to touch. But you mustn’t touch. People pay him to write things. KNEE MEETS JERK In Which a Beleaguered Music Journalist Attempts — and Fails — to Identify Ten Records Released Between December 2012 and December 2013 That Were Better Than All Other […]

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Britpop Conspiracy: Guardian Interview with MBV’s Kevin Shields

October 4th, 2013 · Comments Off on Britpop Conspiracy: Guardian Interview with MBV’s Kevin Shields

This interview with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields is worth a read even without the conspiracy theory that Britpop was pushed by the Labour Government in the mid-90’s (ha!). ‘But when it is jokingly suggested that, had Shields released m b v in 1994, as initially planned, he could have kiboshed Britpop, his mood changes. […]

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STREAM: Throwing Muses “Sleepwalking-1″

August 28th, 2013 · Comments Off on STREAM: Throwing Muses “Sleepwalking-1″

The Throwing Muses’ trajectory of out of left field alterna-art-pop has been anything but normal, which makes perfect sense when you consider bandleader Kristin Hersh’s mental health rollercoaster over the years. The band broke up in the late 1990’s only to return in the early aughts with just as much fire and intensity as when […]

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Japandroids Play “Adrenaline Nightshift” on Letterman

July 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off on Japandroids Play “Adrenaline Nightshift” on Letterman

These guys make up for the roll call of references with a shit-kicking rock ‘n roll sound. I hadn’t thought of the Bruce Springsteen connection before I saw this live version of “Adrenaline NightShift,” but it’s definitely there. And also forgiven. Remember when people said The Killers sounded like Springsteen? Man, people are idiots.

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The Smiths Summed Up in Infographic

March 16th, 2013 · Comments Off on The Smiths Summed Up in Infographic

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The Jesus and Mary Chain Will Reissue ‘Paint Splatter’ Psychocandy for Record Store Day

March 1st, 2013 · Comments Off on The Jesus and Mary Chain Will Reissue ‘Paint Splatter’ Psychocandy for Record Store Day

Ugh. Record Store Day is so going to break me. Only 1000 copies of The Jesus and Mary Chain‘s Psychocandy on paint splatter vinyl will be made available. No word yet on region. [via Spin]

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Echo & The Bunnymen’s 1980 Debut Getting Red Vinyl Press for Record Store Day

March 1st, 2013 · Comments Off on Echo & The Bunnymen’s 1980 Debut Getting Red Vinyl Press for Record Store Day

  In Record Store Day News via Slicing Up Eyeballs: Echo & The Bunnymen’s 1980 debut album Crocodiles will be reissued for Record Store Day in a new 180-gram audiophile pressing on red vinyl by reissue specialist Vinyl 180, the label announced in an e-mail newsletter this week. No further details have been revealed, and […]

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Prince Charges Fans to Listen to New Song

February 18th, 2013 · Comments Off on Prince Charges Fans to Listen to New Song

Prince is charging fans to stream a new track, “Boyfriend.” God forbid the man be paid for his music. But Prince’s business practices are so well-documented in their horribleness I can’t be bothered to link any examples, but I can’t blame the guy for trying. He just doesn’t “get it,” try as he might. It’s […]

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RETRO: Siouxsie & Banshees Live in Germany in 1981

November 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on RETRO: Siouxsie & Banshees Live in Germany in 1981

Siouxsie & the Banshees’ entire set at Satory Saal, Cologne, Germany from June of 1981 is available on YouTube via German TV show “Rockpalast.” This performance took place merely weeks after the release of its fourth LP, Juju. I saw the band from the second row just under ten years later. It was, perhaps, the […]

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VIDEO: The Joy Formidable “This Ladder Is Ours”

November 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on VIDEO: The Joy Formidable “This Ladder Is Ours”

It’s strange to think of this style of adrenalized modern rock as “retro,” but I can’t think of too many bands that sound like this anymore. If radio were still a thing that influenced people’s record buying habits, this song might sway a few ears. Oh, and, of course, if people still bought records … […]

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VIDEO: Sufjan Stevens “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

November 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Sufjan Stevens “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

I hate seeing anything Christmas related until after Thanksgiving. The neighbors who put up Christmas decorations prior to that day are gauche, tactless people. And here comes Sufjan with his guaranteed-to-make-you-cry interpretation of “I’ll be Home for Christmas” way before Christmas should even enter our consciousness. And this version is depressing as hell, so how’s […]

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Mash-up Album of Fugazi Samples for Charity

September 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Mash-up Album of Fugazi Samples for Charity

Former Cataract Falls drummer and current DJ Chris Lawhorn has pieced together an album of instrumental tracks using samples from every single Fugazi song in the band’s discography. Fugazi Edits will be released on October 30th on Case/Martingale Records. Lawhorn has the band’s blessing and all proceeds of the album’s sales will benefit senior citizens of Washington […]

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Unrest & Johnny Cohen – Live in New York 1993

September 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Unrest & Johnny Cohen – Live in New York 1993

Unrest’s set begins around the 19:50 mark and kicks off with the classic “Yes, She Is My Skinhead Girl.”

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Tour Dates a Probable Precursor to New Fiona Apple Album

February 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Tour Dates a Probable Precursor to New Fiona Apple Album

Actual events are scheduled that lend credence to the news that Fiona Apple might have a new record nearing release. Ever since L.A. Reid recently tweeted a welcome back message to Fiona, news items have been trickling in. But now there are actual tour dates lined up. Still no concrete album news, but this is […]

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