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Maybe it’s just me, but I feel a little ripped off by “In My Dreams,” the first track on James Morrison’s album The Awakening. I have come to expect passion and depth from Morrison and this tune feels as though he has regressed into a “simple” singer-songwriter. He has such an inviting and tantalizing voice, I wish he would open up a little more and share something a little more profound with his audience. This song sounds like it is...

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Thursday, 20 October 2011
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Heya junkie, So how ya feelin' tahday alla youse sickos? I know I wis a little late'is week gettin' to ya, but I jus' figure that reminds ya who's holdin' da reigns innis relationship. Don't fret too hard though, cause I ain't gonna hold out on ya – this week, along wit' da usuall list o' single tracks, I also nabbed a coupla full albums fer you ta sink yer veins inta, an' it's all good bitch! Fer example, I...

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Thursday, 20 October 2011
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At this point, it wouldn't matter what sort of album the Misfits released, it would have a tremendous amount to answer for. The first reason for that is the fact that it's been eleven years since an album of new material came from the band; because of that, the question of whether or not the band would be in any kind of fighting condition is a valid one. Second, with a history so steeped in acrimony (founding singer Glenn Danzig...

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011
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Sometimes a concert is more about the memories than it is the music. For the sell-out crowd in Mountain View, CA it didn’t seem to matter much who the personalities were onstage; with very few original members among them, Night Ranger, Foreigner and Journey delivered hit after hit for the enthusiastic crowd, unconcerned that some have called this tour more of a tribute show than anything else. The boomer crowd was looking to experience the classic rock songs from their...

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011
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Ever wondered what it might hae sounded like if The Bangles and The Stooges collaborated on an album together? Okay, nobody ever really wonders things like that, but that's fine – it's going to be the first scenario that pops into a listener's mind the moment Only In Dreams – the Dum Dum Girls' sophomore full-length album – begins to play. From note one of “Always Looking,” the Girls just exude a sound and manner best defined as being frenetically...

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011
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After fifteen years of relative inactivity and diminished returns when a new album did appear, the hope that Jane's Addiction would find a way to redeem itself with some great new music was pretty much at its end. Strays (the band's “great comeback album”) wasn't as good as anyone had hoped – especially stacked next to the high quality of raiding the vaults comps like Cabinet Of Curiosities – and the fact that Dave Navarro, Steven Perkins and Perry Farrell...

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Monday, 17 October 2011
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Her voice, in my view, has always been Bjork’s defining quality. When experienced while listening to The Sugercubes' 1988 debut record, Life’s Too Good, until now with her eighth studio record, the beautiful Biophilia, you cannot escape the chills that voice will give you. Biophilia is much more than just your standard release, it’s a project that Bjork has taken the time and patience to weave together; a record that, by turns, is  hauntingly beautiful and frantically mind-blowing. You never...

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Saturday, 15 October 2011
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The fact that Evanescence has only been around for fifteen years is quite surprising. They certainly aren’t a band who churns out albums year after year but they still manage to sustain strong popularity and a devoted base of fans. Having more than twenty million albums sold, seven Grammy nominations and two gilded gramophone trophies certainly helps that cause. Today, with a mere three albums under the band's belt, the mix of ferocious goth-rock guitars, epic, larger-than-life choruses and Amy...

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Friday, 14 October 2011
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Sometimes the fact that a change is coming to the makeup of pop culture isn't perfectly evident or apparent until the scales become unbalanced and everything is just suddenly different. In moments like that, everyone is simply left to run, catch up and adjust, or simply be left behind to accept that the times have changed and they are simply no longer theirs. Many such events can be found littered through the history of pop music, but none in recent...

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Friday, 14 October 2011
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Hey junky,Well, I tell ya junky, this week is a little special onna SWAG Report – not only have I gotcha some good, good stuff ta sling yer way, but some of it is even stuff I like; not jus' stuff I can handja. 'At's right – this week, I got some good an' solid stuff bitch! Like check dis out: 'Is week, I got a bit o' dis new band called The Dirty Pearls from jus' downna street 'ere....

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Thursday, 13 October 2011