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Records: The Action Suits’ Cancer Father seven-inch (1996) on clear teal, Jets to Brazil’s Perfecting Loneliness (2002) on clear orange, and Prince’s Sign 'O’ the Times (1987) on black. Place of Purchase: Cancer Father was purchased from FantagraphicsBooks , one of my favorite comics publishers. Perfecting Loneliness was an eBay find. Sign came from good ol’ Siren Records in Doylestown. Quality: I feel like this is the super fanboy edition. I took a chance on the Action Suits based solely...

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Wednesday, 30 June 2010
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With their fifth studio release, The Five Ghosts, Canadian band Stars align themselves once again with familiar themes and dark hooks to the band's previous efforts. The band's first full-length album since 2007's In Our Bedroom After the War, Ghosts channels the simplicity of the band's breakout disc, Set Yourself on Fire, and navigates similar terrain. While this produces some elegant tracks, Ghosts never quite captures the vocal magic between singers Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan that made Stars so...

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Wednesday, 30 June 2010
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In preparation for both the Montreal Heavy Metal Festival and a string of dates on this year's Ozzfest, metal god Rob Halford will play a one-off intimate show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on July 17th, and it promises to be an event not to be missed.

 "It’s 2010 and I am excited to say the Halford band are heading back to the Bay Area this July (17th),” comments Rob Halford. “The Regency Ballroom will be a great...

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Wednesday, 30 June 2010
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When one thinks of 'Deep Blue,' what comes to mind? Open water – sure. Deep water – that would make sense if one was following a train of thought. Cold – certainly. Darkness (like twilight) – why not? All of those answers are perfectly valid, reasonable and understandable but, outside of 'dark,' none of them come close to qualifying the molten metal maelstrom presented by Parkway Drive on their third album, entitled Deep Blue. From note one of “Samsara,” Parkway...

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Wednesday, 30 June 2010
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Throughout their ten-year tenure together, the Liars have chased their own muse unapologetically and, in so doing blazed their own trail to the outermost fringes of pop with little regard for whether they're going it alone. Happily, a whole team of outsider acolytes has raced to keep up with them no matter where the band has turned but, hilariously, like a bunch of dogs chasing a car, they have historically had no idea what to do with the band or...

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010
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It should be said that the idea of a biographical feature film on a band is not new. The idea of a documentary film about a band is nothing new either – and The Doors have been the subject for hordes of both. In fact, it could be argued that The Doors have enjoyed more in-depth coverage of their work and of their story since disbanding than they ever did while they were in regular operation. Now, The Doors are...

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010
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"The music is very honest,” says Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. “What you see is what you get with that music.” This is how Classic Albums' look at Paranoid opens. That sentiment holds precisely none of the bombast or cultivated darkness that both fans and those unfamiliar with Paranoid have come to associate with Black Sabbath. That myth-making comes from other people that are in no way connected with the band (Henry Rollins, never at a loss for a biteable...

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Monday, 28 June 2010
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The kick about underground and independent filmmaking has always been the complete freedom of it. Working only with one's own money in hand means that creative freedom is absolute and that, in turn, means filmmakers are able to go as far out as their imagination and bankrolls will allow. The rigid Hollywood archetypes of structure, storytelling and shot direction can all fly out the window at the director's whim in an independent movie and the possible results of that freedom...

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Sunday, 27 June 2010
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As a lead-off discussion about Brendan Troller's documentary, I Need That Record!, a bit of conjecture is required – it only to balance or temper the opinions expressed in the film. Ten years into  the new millennium, and there's no arguing that record stores of every stripe – both the indies and the chain conglomerate stores – are beginning to feel the pinch of annually depleting record sales. Simply said, records do not seem to be selling so well anymore...

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Sunday, 27 June 2010
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The Hold Steady were once voted onto a list of the Top 10 Most Underrated Bands Of All Time by a high-end music magazine that shall remain unnamed. Can you believe that? No, Tom Waits and The Replacements – criminally underrated artists – also made that list, so be certain is wasn’t compiled by philistines by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, when I consider the Hold Steady, and my enjoyment of them, that’s exactly what I think of myself...

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