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Friday, 29 October 2010
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Alright, so a couple of die-hard super-fans have already begun to publicly complain that, while the recent John Lennon remaster initiative claims to be an 'extensive' or 'complete' endeavor, there are a few things missing. "What could possibly be missing," you ask? A bunch of things – according to those die-hard-ests making the biggest noise. According to the true-blue few, in addition to the bonus tracks that were "unearthed" and appended to those reissues of Rock 'N' Roll, Plastic Ono...

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Friday, 29 October 2010
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After thirty years of time between, some perspective is required in order to understand the circumstances around Double Fantasy's original release. When the album appeared in late 1980, it was Lennon's first full-length record of new material in six years. Six years, for those keeping score, was the longest period of time between albums (by far) for the singer since he first appeared in the public eye with The Beatles in 1963. During that hiatus, history books say that Lennon...

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Friday, 29 October 2010
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Happy 30th folks,Wow – this is gettin' a little ridickulous – I'm still gettin' away with this shit! Maybe the biz has decided this could work – that guys like me givin' stuff away might help 'em sell somethin' or somethin'. That'd be somethin' wouldn't it? That'd make me quite the dupe, but the upside izzat I gotta bunch o' stuff ta lay on ya again'is week. Haddaya like 'at junkie? Trollin' aroun'is week, I found some good, good stuff,...

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Thursday, 28 October 2010
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I almost wish I could have compressed all of this month's reviews into one monster review. The same themes run through all of the releases I've written in the last thirty days – roots music, collaborations, breaking down the boundaries between genres, and old pros having fun. But there is also a deeper commonality between these records. The reviews I've written – Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Robert Plant and Jerry Lee Lewis – are all artists who made their reputations...

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Thursday, 28 October 2010
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Friday, 22 October 2010
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Thursday, 21 October 2010
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Hot damn, this is fun! Y'know, I might come off like I'm abrasive an' I might jus' be a mean motherfucker, but goddamn I'm havin' fun wit' these weekly raids! Grabbin' alla this stuff for you fine junkies has put a new spring in my step – 'at's fer sure – an' people have noticed it when I come their way inna real world. Somebody mentioned it to me not too long ago; I might still be a miserable reprobate,...

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Thursday, 21 October 2010
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Today, there are an incredibly few people who are able to say that they either don't know someone currently battling a form of cancer or have lost a loved one to it. The joyous tones in which most people speak when describing a survival case are remarkably affecting, and just as affecting are the efforts to raise funds for cancer research. Jay and Rene Épinat have both: a heart-wrenching tale of battling cancer, and a story of a grassroots effort...

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010
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Ever been totally shocked by an album that you figured you had pegged on name recognition alone? It's dangerous to make assumptions like that, and the most recent proof exists on There Is A Hell Believe Me I've Seen It, There Is A Heaven Let's Keep It A Secret. The first minute and fifty-six seconds or so of the album's opening song, “Crucify Me,” are exactly what every fan AND detractor expects; screamer Oli Sykes sounds as though he has...

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Monday, 18 October 2010