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Tuesday, 18 December 2007
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Remember when Kanye West flipped a shit at the MTV Europe Video Awards for losing out to the Simian vs. Justice video for that catchy “We Are Your Friends” song? Well the band of Simian is no more, but the vocalist, Simon Lord, has teamed up with Theo Keating of The Wiseguys to bring us some new music to dance to with The Black Ghosts. The Black Ghosts currently have their four-song EP out titled Any Way You Choose to...

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Monday, 17 December 2007
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A Les Savy Fav aftershow isn’t as cool as a Les Savy Fav show. Guitarist Seth Jabour carried his equipment back to what presumably was their van. Bassist Syd Butler and drummer Harrison Haynes talked to many of their friends who stayed behind. Even singer Tim Harrington, known for his high-wire stage antics, was subdued, decked in a Gilligan inspired Pabst Blue Ribbon hat, he jokingly apologized to the venue’s security guard whose sole purpose of the night was to...

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Monday, 17 December 2007
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I have to be honest here. I have heard of Yeasayer, but never actually heard Yeasayer until a few minutes ago when I received this press release from the good folks over at Motormouth Media. But after checking out "Sunrise" and "2080" i was quickly sold on the band. The release stated a few things directly from the band’s mouth. 1. They announced a North American tour.2. They announced a European tour with dates in Norway and Sweden, France, Spain,...

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Friday, 14 December 2007
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For better or worse (it makes fans cheer) every band that Jon Spencer has ever graced with his presence (be it Blues Explosion, Boss Hog, Pussy Galore or Heavy Trash) has had one thing in common: his trademark, over-driven "vacuum cleaner" guitar sound. That, along with his Grade Z Elvis impersonator vocals, has always been the staple of his sound and the dead giveaway that Going Way Out With… is the guitarist's turn toward straightfaced songwriting is its absence. Rather,...

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Friday, 14 December 2007
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To start the evening, we walked into the Viper Room in L.A. to find this crazy looking dude singing rock/pop/disco style music, which ended up being Mars locals Troy This. We said hello to the birthday girl, who happened to be friends with the girls that were throwing the show this evening. I couldn’t get over the lead singer’s completely overgrown bowl haircut. He looked like “Cool Ethan” from Slackers. The Viper Room is not a large venue. At the...

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Thursday, 13 December 2007
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Early morning interviews are always a crapshoot from the journalist’s perspective. Both combatants are still waking—or just about to go to bed—and any number of simple miscues can throw the whole thing to the wolves. My interview with Buck 65 was no different; and though I should have known better than to attempt it at such a god-awful time of morning, I simply could not resist talking to the man who is without a doubt the most fascinating person in...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2007
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Early morning interviews are always a crap-shoot from the journ Early morning interviews are always a crapshoot from the journalist’s perspective. Both combatants are still waking—or just about to go to bed—and any number of simple miscues can throw the whole thing to the wolves. My interview with Buck 65 was no different; and though I should have known better than to attempt it at such a god-awful time of morning, I simply could not resist talking to the man...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2007
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When I walked into The Great American Music Hall and heard Grinderman playing on the P.A., I was hoping it was a sign of things to come. Listening to them for the first time, I immediately compared Goon Moon with Grinderman. Here are two bands whose core member is known for something other than their current project. They have both assembled a band with extremely talented musicians, and both have made some no-frills rocking music. Their sound is not similar...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2007
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  First of all: this will not be about money. It will not be about the music industry or naming your own price. It will discuss neither pros nor cons, and it will draw from no prominent artists, producers, or otherwise notable figures their opinion on how In Rainbows is saving, sullying, or anything-ing the future of music. This is just a fucking album review, and it’s past overdue if you ask me. My immediate reaction to "15 Step" is...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2007