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The funny thing about any band's “glorious return to active duty” is that, after the initial shock and joy subsides, that's when the real work starts; that's when people start to look past the initial frenzy and excitement of a legendary band stepping back on stage and try to gauge if, after so many years, they can still pass muster.Such was exactly the position that the Headstones – easily one of the best, most deservedly successful Canadian bands of the...

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Friday, 30 December 2011
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Hey Junky! Awright, so I figured on awready bein' gone south fer a vacay, but I hadda swing through ta give ya somethin' ta listen to fer new year's didn' I? 'At's da kinda guy I am – soakin' up the rays, watchin' alla sun-soaked titties I kin handle, an' I'm thinkin' o' you. So here goes – I nabbed some ol' school Ben Folds songs an' demos fo' ya, Ann'is really, really killa tune by Cheyenne Marie Mize fer...

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Thursday, 29 December 2011
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Happy Boxing Day – or welcome to the day after the explosion, if you like. How was your holiday? Was it big and grand and bright and shiny and noisy and wonderful? We at Ground Control hope so. Now, the glow of the holidays is beginning to fade right? Well, not quite yet, it isn't. For some, Boxing Day has become as big or bigger a holiday than Christmas and Black Friday combined; the sales are enormous as retail outlets...

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Monday, 26 December 2011
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Heya junky,Merry Christmas! I can't stay long, I gotta plane ta catch (I'm headin' south ta da Dominican Republic fer Christmas! Anybody know a good bar downn'ere?) — but I wanted ta lay yer las' holiday bag o' SWAG on ya before I go. It's a good one! I nabbed new tunes from Guided By Voices, Awolnation, Diamond Rugs, Our Lady Peace an' Parenthetical Girls along wit' WHOLE ALBUMS by Asher Roth an' Holy Grail. It's three days before Christmas,...

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Thursday, 22 December 2011
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Attention shoppers: time for holiday shopping is running short – have you finished yet?You know you can hear that announcement running through your mind as you read this, but that's okay, shopper. You're not the only one running frantically around the malls, big box stores, mom and pop shops, boutiques which claim to be haut mode but are really aesthetically questionable or even “antique galleries” (which are really just cleaned up barns, but no one wants to say that) shopper,...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011
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Over the years, lots of jokes have been made at Ozzy Osbourne's expense, but it's sort of understandable because so many things the singer has done are unbelievable. This is a man who has gone no fewer than forty–two rounds with professional rock n' roll – often bare–knuckled – and while he's been knocked down and has the scars to prove it, he just keeps getting up; nothing – not booze, not drugs, not excess, not success, not shifting of...

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Monday, 19 December 2011
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Okay, so, with installment One of Ground Control's gift guide coverage on the books, readers may have picked up a few ideas. We tried to get a bit in for everyone, but of course there are going to be a couple of people still wandering the malls and the internets trying to find some music which fits that special somebody just right. With that knowledge in hand, we bring you Part Two; a few more sparks to start a fire...

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Saturday, 17 December 2011
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Before Brooklyn was to the early Millennium what Seattle was to the Nineties, before the machine pumped out tonnes of boring synth-pop bands and before the broad concept of “hipsterism” was a going concern, there was a small group of bands doing great things and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were among them (as were LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture and TV on the Radio). Clap You Hands Say Yeah's songwriting style – a mixture of synth hooks and both acoustic...

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Saturday, 17 December 2011
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Now with their Bastards Of Reality tour as Bat Sabbath beginning to wind to a close, the Cancer Bats are finally ready to announce the first details for the follow-up to 2010's Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones LP: their fourth album will be called Dead Set On Living, and will be released in April, 2012. Check out the teaser trailer for the album here: www.teamdistort.com/dsol/Ground Control will report more details as they become available.Further Reading:Ground Control – "Bat Sabbath Takes...

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Friday, 16 December 2011
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The more unlikely an event is, the more fantastic it is when it comes to pass. One such moment came yesterday, when The Beach Boys announced that they will reunite for a global Fiftieth Anniversary celebration in 2012. The Beach Boys – Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks – will come together for a new studio album and commemorative catalog releases with Capitol/EMI and a fifty-date international tour to begin in April with a headlining...

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