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It's funny how time has a dehumanizing effect on the stories that people tell. Eventually a given story starts to develop a layer of gloss like shellac as it is told and then re-told by a multitude of sources; the nuance and details get glazed over, characters become idealized commodities and the story becomes a product. In the act of telling a story, characters and events become inflated, are made two-dimensional and robbed of their humanity. Even the story of...

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Friday, 18 February 2011
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Awright junky, So here we go, dancin' the time warp again. Here's me – yer ever-lovin' Don Loder –  carryin' a great big bag o' SWAG, an' 'ere's you – startin' to feel the itch. Ya gonna try an' take me fer what I got 'ere junky? I betchu won't, but I'll give ya a taste anyway. In'ere, I got a set o' thirty-one pieces o' solid gold SWAG – some of it from some great names like Katy Perry,...

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Thursday, 17 February 2011
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While Twisted Sister has since gone on to really only be remembered for a handful of singles (“I Wanna Rock” and “We're Not Gonna Take It,” most notably) and singer Dee Snider's shockingly articulate, “dark horse makes good” performance (alongside John Denver) at the PMRC censorship hearings of 1985, there was a time when the band rode incredibly high on a series of hit records and singles. Twisted Sister's caustic blend of Noo Yawk punk, glam rock and metal was...

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011
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Not many bands can say that they're able to simultaneously utilize a set of sounds that their fans will recognize and appreciate while also restructuring that sound into something new and different, but Mogwai is able to make such a claim. Since first appearing in 1997, Mogwai has had the luxury of crossing generic boundaries with impunity as they try out different sounds and ideas at their whim, and are only ever met with acceptance from both fans and critics....

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011
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Being seventeen years old was fun, wasn’t it? It's a brilliant time for most; the light at the end of the tunnel that was high school was becoming visible, long drives on errands still seem like fun and hope was beginning to emerge on that whole acne front. Like most kids, I spent my time playing Halo and listening to an inordinate amount of Bob Dylan. But while all of us were fragging virtual aliens and digging up records, Ryan...

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011
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Let England Shake is one strange beauty, not unlike P.J. Harvey herself. A musical chameleon of the highest order, she’s David Bowie with scarier eyebrows and a less defined codpiece, changing sound and vision from listening station to listening station. On her eighth solo full-length, Harvey inhabits her most unsettling character yet: the demure ingénue with revolution on her mind.  Almost all of Let England Shake is sung in an infantile coo that gives creepy credence to what amounts to...

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011
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One look at a map of Canada tells the story of just how sorrowful a lot the province of Manitoba has been handed in life. From a national character standpoint, Manitoba is regularly forgotten; it is regularly forced to play straight man for the clowns to the left of it (the prairie provinces and British Columbia) and the jokers to its' right (Ontario, Quebec and The Maritimes) and, were that not enough, the province STILL doesn't get much opportunity to...

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Monday, 14 February 2011
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Having first encountered Jessica Lea Mayfield haunting Dan Auerbach on the chorus of the Black Keys' “Things Ain't Like They Used To Be,” this second full length might have listened like a victory lap for Auerbach, who handles production on Tell Me. His own band finally came into their own on their most recent effort Brothers (if it took them six albums to get there, well, blues traditionalists have a lot of road to hoe before they need to chase...

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Saturday, 12 February 2011
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In the hip-hop genre, retirement carries about as much irreversible significance these days as death does in comic book mythology. Mike Skinner, however, has claimed that the 'hip hop' genre hat is one less he'll be wearing. The man  is moving on to greener pastures while the moniker he's made his mark on the world with is being put out to the old one. The title of The Streets’ swan song, Computers & Blues, works as both a nod to Skinner's...

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Friday, 11 February 2011
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Hey – how ya keepin' junkie? I'm doin' great, I am. It's a good day an' ya know what? It's even betta 'cause I got a buncha bran' new stuff for ya ta sample! 'At's right I'm walkin' at full stride steal now baby! I got about forty new tines 'ere, an' some of 'em are pretty good – check 'em out. This week, I foun' FOUR brand new tunes by dis band called Family Of The Year – an'...

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Thursday, 10 February 2011