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Daniel Lanois’ film Here Is What Is may be not a cinematic masterpiece, but it is a music masterpiece, and one that profoundly enthralled me. Prior to the screening at the Vista Theatre in Silver Lake, there was a brief performance by Lanois alongside his drummer/compatriot Brian Blade, bassist Daryl Johnson and keyboardist Aaron Embry. Special guests included Brian Blade, Sr., who brought the house down with a rousing gospel number, “This May Be The Last Time,” an Argentinean burlesque...

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Thursday, 03 April 2008
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According to a variety of sources, the truth and nature of psychosis is actually simpler than many people like to believe. It is, on many basic and fundamental levels, the act of embarking upon the same course of action repeatedly and reasonably expecting different results each time. With that rationale in hand it makes observing the practices of musicians incredibly fascinating: every couple of years, any given band will release a new album of material and then embark upon the...

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Thursday, 03 April 2008
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For England, 2007 was a year of reunions. Last year saw promoters rake in the dough by bringing acts like the Spice Girls, Take That and Echo & The Bunnymen back to the stage. While nearly fully responsible for disseminating trip hop—the morning-after-pill music for the 90s rave-on generation—Portishead surprised everyone by resurfacing on festival bills for this year's Coachella and last year's ATP. Even more surprising was the talk of a new album since their last release was about...

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Thursday, 03 April 2008
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Troubadour Chris Bathgate has announced the follow-up to 2007's A Cork Tale Wake, releasing an mp3 from the forthcoming Wait, Skeleton. EP, out April 8th on Quite Scientific. The EP, which will be released in digital format, is also available in a limited edition hand-made hardcover edition, limited to 250 copies and available directly from Quite Scientific and at a handful of independent record shops. Wait, Skeleton. is comprised of three new songs and three re-worked/re-recorded versions of songs from...

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Tuesday, 01 April 2008
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I'm sure there are quite a few Death Cab and Postal Service fans out there, and for you, here's some "news." Frontman Ben Gibbard has announced a new side project called Just Jazzin'. Apparently, the name says it all . Gibbard says "there's just a side of me and my music that desires a lack of structure and Just Jazzin' does that for...

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Tuesday, 01 April 2008