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Sometimes just the announcement of a release can generate excitement because those that know the connotations of the announcement understand that whatever's coming will be something to behold. Such was the case when Gogol Bordello announced that it would be putting out a new live DVD (the follow-up to 2008's Gogol Bordello Non-Stop) with a companion CD of curiosities this year. Since forming on the Lower East Side of New York in 1999, Gogol Bordello has amassed an enormous and...

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Sunday, 11 October 2009
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While there are some side project efforts that leave even devout fans wondering how well the results are going to turn out, some are going to be great and that fact is no secret to anyone – it's just a no-brainer, and the debut from Mexican Chili Taco Fiesta is one that falls into that latter category. For his step out from his main squeeze, Los Straitjackets, Dan “Daddy-O Grande” Amis assembled a crack team of like-minded musical maniacs including...

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Saturday, 10 October 2009
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Isn't it incredible when an underground band suddenly draws both positive attention and praise? The effect of such an event is always different – some bands don't care and simply continue to plow the path they've set for themselves, and some feel compelled to answer their success by altering their practices to “better reflect” the new level they've achieved – but it's impossible to ignore the new landscape that success opens up. Islands' third album (second for ANTI–) instantly dives...

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Saturday, 10 October 2009
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It's amazing how far punk rock has come over the last thirty-five years. Now, punk bands (most of them anyway) function within a framework of established paradigms using variables in form, subject matter, tone, tempo and timbre to write songs that – while superficially 'original' – closely adhere to well-worm and utilized formulas. Now, there are rules to being in a punk band that just didn't exist thirty-five years ago; now, all you seem to need is a crappy attitude...

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Saturday, 10 October 2009
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It was only fitting that Norway's Apoptygma Berzerk opened up their show at the DNA Lounge with "Starsign," off of their 2006 classic synth pop release Welcome To Earth. The words "It's about time…" have never rung truer. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever have the chance to see Apop live again. After completing their recently released Rocket Science, three of four band members left the band, leaving founder Stephan Groth by himself and on the heels...

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Friday, 09 October 2009
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Hello readers,

 Here on the 777" column, we are fans of two numbers; 3 and 7. Seeing as this is the third installment of what I'm sure is your favorite column, it only felt right that we should provide something special to mark the occasion. After all, I didn't expect the column to last this long (believe it or not), nor do I expect to have the energy to keep up with seven, so let's enjoy ourselves while we can.

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Friday, 09 October 2009
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How does one critically review the Bible? Who has that kind of audacity? To call one edition better than another could be viewed as the ultimate exercise in examining the minutiae of the typeface and declaring that the mole hill is indeed a mountain but, in the case of The Beatles' catalogue, such criticisms can be met with staggering vitriol. Some people like their tomes of John, Paul, George and Ringo a little more low-fi and view technological “improvements” upon...

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Thursday, 08 October 2009
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It's funny when you think about how much the world has changed since the beginning of the information age. Prior to that point in history – when the scale of the world was reduced from a series of scale centimeters on a map to being measured by the number of mouse clicks it took to get to the other side of the world – while developments and changes in individual scenes and styles continued at the same rate, news of...

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Thursday, 08 October 2009
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There has always been a single binding problem with tribute/charity/all-star compilations; the cast might be huge, some of the performances might be inspired, there may be phenomenal moments laced in that prove to be defining for one artist or another, but the set is only as good as the weakest moment on it. For whatever perverse reason, listeners always remember the 'suck' before they remember the 'sublime.' With that in mind, it's questionable how well 7 Worlds Collide – a...

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Sunday, 04 October 2009
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For those unfamiliar with the history, Manic Street Preachers have, by turns, enjoyed and endured a very strange ride since forming in 1986. Originally one of the musical breed that generated the Britpop wave of the late Eighties (along with The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Blur, Oasis and innumerable others), the Manics crested to fame the old-fashioned way: on the strength of great songs, a killer live shows and a set of personalities within the band that were so mysterious...

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Saturday, 03 October 2009