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Last night was one of those moments that make all your hard work worthwhile. Pela–one of Ground Control's favorite bands even before Ground Control existed–stopped by the Little Radio studios to be our guests on Ground Control Radio. The day before kicking off their tour with BrakesBrakesBrakes and Electric Soft Parade, the guys took time to talk about their new album Anytown Graffiti, their history as a band, and the need for Astronauts on tour. Then following the show, they...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2007
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This week's playlist featured new music from Earlimart, Mirah, The Howling Hex and The Cribs, to name a few. Be sure to listen in next week when GC favorites Pela join us in the studio to talk about their new album Anytown Graffiti. Missed it? Listen to the podcast on www.littleradio.com 1. Earlimart – Everybody is Everybody2. Ferraby Lionheart – Tickets to Crickets3. Venus in Furs – 2HB4. Novi Split – Crazy in Love5. Feist – 12346. Glenwash – Uptown...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2007
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I got my first taste of the Crosstown Rebels label when I picked up Rebel Futurism Sampler Part 1 with the M.A.N.D.Y. remix of Joakim’s “Come Into My Kitchen” a few years ago. Ever since then, hit after hit has been pouring from the London-based electronic label. With a roster including such visionaries as Pier Bucci, Frankie Flowerz and 3Channels, the label is pretty much guaranteed success. It appears that label-owner Damian Lazarus needed to get the word out some...

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Friday, 25 May 2007
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Flipping through a variety of newspapers and reading a wide selection of music rags, I keep coming across reviews of Elliott Smith's posthumous collection, New Moon—each one invariable tagged and dragged by some sort of personal reminiscence. Windswept, rainy memories of car rides with loved ones who later dumped the homely writer for someone with less of a fixation on sad songs. Mid-90s mixtapes where "Biggest Lie" was the last track. Myself, in my jaded worldview, have been reading these...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2007
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It seems like more times than not in my life it’s by the seat of my pants that I fly. This night would be no exception, and as a result I’d like to thank everyone involved at the onset. You know who you are, all five or so of you. Thank you. When the Coachella 2007 lineup was announced this year, as chock full of talent as it was, I was quick to put Teddybears up near the top of...

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Monday, 21 May 2007
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Rumors of Superdrag’s death may have been greatly exaggerated. Or at least intransigent fans of one of Tennessee’s finest purveyors of rock & roll songcraft can pretend as much thanks to last month’s Changin’ Tires on the Road to Ruin, an odds ‘n’ sods retrospective record par excellence. Featuring cuts culled from hard-to-find EP’s, unreleased demo sessions and Superdrag’s most natural habitat—live on stage—Changin’ Tires showcases the talents of John Davis, a songwriter...

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Thursday, 17 May 2007
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Back once again for an evening of kick-ass music and awkward banter, it's Ground Control Radio. Be sure to check it out next Tuesday night at 8pm PST on www.littleradio.com. For now, listen to the podcast and peep the playlist: Ground Control Radio 5/15 Playlist: 1. This Is A Song – The Magic Numbers2. Apartment Story – The National3. Atlantis – Amateurs4. End Of The World – Dog Day5. Seen How Things Are Hard – Elliott Smith6. Dear Confessor –...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2007
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Listen up (literally)! Every Tuesday evening at 8pm PST, catch the editors of Ground Control as we spin the latest and greatest music on Ground Control Radio. Broadcast over the internet by our friends at www.littleradio.com, we'll play music, talk about music, invite in our friends and favorite bands to join us for two hours of the stuff that needs to be on your radar. And be sure to check Ground Control the next day to find the playlist and...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2007
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At the heart of a good cover pulses synthesis. Requiring more than just fidelity to note, timbre, and technique, a few good covers exceed their predecessors (dare I suggest The Byrds' version of "Hey Mr. Tambourine Man"?) but most re-workings of widely loved and well-crafted songs simply bring about works of faithful, albeit limited, duplications. A good rendering obliges more than just love. In listening to the eclectic collection of songs and songsters on this album I realize that a...

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Monday, 14 May 2007
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On October 18, 2000, Zack De La Rocha announced that he was leaving Rage Against The Machine. Less than a month later, in a storm of irony that not even Oscar Wilde could have dreamt up, our current president won his first presidential election. Rage had always flown in the face of the Clinton administration, and now an even less desirable political camp would take power easily and entirely un-raged against. As the din quieted from the Rage faithful, the...

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Sunday, 13 May 2007