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What has gotten into Frank Black? In fact, where is Frank Black? What sort of event occurred in this man’s life to cause him to revert to the Black Francis moniker of bygone days, put down his Fender Telecaster and dramatically pace back and forth across the stage, shouting into the mic during his most recent performances, like a man possessed by a spirit of fire? Could it be the ghost and essence of Herman Brood? I don’t know, but...

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Friday, 12 October 2007
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Those of you that have an ear for the grandiose might just be delighted to hear that Commodore Jason Spaceman, helmsman of the good ship Spiritualized, has set course for American shores. In the U.S. for the first time in four years, the band will be coming off a string of European dates as part of the Acoustic Mainline Tour, which includes the music of both Spiritualized and Spaceman 3. Perhaps show-goers will catch audio glimpses of Spiritualized's recently recorded,...

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Thursday, 11 October 2007
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My co-workers and I were discussing the Avril Lavigne/Rubinoos controversy (in case you live in a cave, Lavigne's last hit "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" quite obviously steals its chorus, hook, and title from the Rubinoos' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend"). One of them argued that, plagiarism or not, Avril's song was much better. Now, I have no desire to get into a debate about which cheesy pop song is a better cheesy pop song, but it did get me...

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Thursday, 11 October 2007
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When the folks over at K7! Records decided to let two non-DJs take a crack at putting out a DJ-Kicks, there might not be two people better suited for this task. Self-admitted, Berlin’s Booka Shade (Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger) are not DJs. They are, however, producers, musicians, remixers and label owners (Get Physical). But still, that doesn’t make them DJs, does it? Apparently, by the magic of osmosis, Booka Shade can, in fact, DJ with the best of them....

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Wednesday, 10 October 2007
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“I’m 100 years old today,” said lead singer, Matt Popieluch, after his band, Foreign Born, did their best to sneak on stage Friday at the crowded Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. If not for his strange announcement, the band might have been mistaken for a couple of stagehands adjusting the equipment. At first I was little bothered by the abruptness of their arrival, but I soon found myself attracted to such arrogance. The group of four, normal looking dudes breezed...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2007
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In spite of the fact that Foo Fighters’ new album encompasses four tenets that imply passive forms of solitude, there isn’t much in the way of passivity in Grace’s dozen tracks—although they do express another reaction to loneliness. Dave Grohl has not sung this hard in years—particularly on faster numbers like “The Pretender” and “Let It Die” that have a propensity to start slow and quiet before exploding—and often resort to the simpler melodies of the band’s first album that...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2007
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It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why, but something about Devendra Banhart’s music in general—but certainly the 16 tracks that comprise Thunder Canyon specifically—always sounds incredibly old. Is it the combination of sleepy tempos and reverb-soaked vocals on songs like “So Long Old Bean” and “Seahorse?” The inclusion of samba rhythms (not heard much in pop songs for decades) in the corners of Latin-flavored tracks like “Samba Vexillographica?” Who knows really, but Banhart knows...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2007
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Radiohead comes out on Wednesday, and no matter how much you decide to buy it for (and we here at GC think you should actually purchase it for some amount of money), you'll probably pay less than if you bought it at your local Wal-Mart. So what to do with that extra coin? Well, if you are feeling both musically inclined and socially responsible, save up for a copy of Causes 1. The record—which hits courtesy the Waxploitation label on...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2007
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Yet another shock to the music industry came today when Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails announced that he is dropping out of the mainstream music industry, choosing rather to go it alone than to stick it through with longtime label Interscope.  Reznor made the announcement via his website saying:   "Hello everyone. I've waited a LONG time to be able to make the following announcement: as of right now Nine Inch Nails is a totally free agent, free of...

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Monday, 08 October 2007
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I’m reminded of the classic Married with Children episode: episode 0622 titled “The Good-Bye Girl.” Situated in front of his television set and encased between two wooden barricades was the alpha male himself, Al Bundy. Imagining his very own Parisian getaway, Bundy had it all: suitcase to his left, a glass of red wine to the right and most of all, a blue beret up on top. It seemed Bundy was having the time of his life, and a French...

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Monday, 08 October 2007