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Hey Junky,Dj'ou eva notice how weird it c'n be sometimes an' somethin' jus' falls outta the sky an' into yer lap? I's weird right? That happen'a me the otha day; I w's walkin' down along Avenue B – I hadda pick up somethin' fer somebody – an' I w's thinkin' about who I could hit fer more SWAG fer da Report. I hadda coupla sources in mind, but then outta the corner of my eye, I saw dis ol' tape...

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Friday, 26 October 2012
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister – Nobody Dances In This Town[Album]
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Over the last few years, several artists have managed to successfully resuscitate the theatrics of old vaudeville and revival productions (see The Dresden Dolls and Amanda Palmer’s solo work – to name just the biggest of big names) and actually made the form interesting again. It’s been really cool to watch and, with that success at hand, it almost seemed inevitable that interest would shift to another fading style of music, and someone would try to start reviving it too....

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012
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A couple of years ago, I attended a wedding where the bridesmaids entered, dancing down the aisle, to Muse's "Resistance." "Really?" I thought. "You're already thinking your marriage is 1984?" But of course they weren't. They were thinking "Love is our resistance!" They were thinking, "What a cool song!" And therein lies the problem with Muse. I had actually never heard of Muse until they were tapped to headline Coachella. I had to ask my younger, hipper friends who this...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012
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Honestly, what's a punk like me doing reviewing an album like this? Shouldn't I be reviewing the new Pig Destroyer record instead? Wait, maybe the punkest thing I could ever do would be to review a folk album. Thinking outside the box and going against the establishment and all that is a punk attribute. Yeah, that's it! Sprinkle a couple of "Oi!"s throughout the review and it will be a perfect fit! Nevermind what I said earlier. No, but seriously....

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012
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Remember the first time you heard Tweaker about ten or eleven years ago? It was an unusual time; the Matrix movie trilogy was setting box office records (the series hadn't become disappointing yet), Marilyn Manson was still being called “the God of Fuck” instead of “a pasty. bloated codfish” and “parody of himself,” and bands like Tool and Gorillaz were still holding sway on the charts as they pushed the boundaries of what was permissible in alt-rock. It was pretty...

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Monday, 22 October 2012
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The excitement started two days ago. Two days ago, the simplest of phrases appeared on the news section of the Eels' official homepage. In fact, while it was the first time the news page on the web site had been updated in a year (to the day), it was so simple and perfectly mundane that even those who scour that particular web site daily might have missed it; the new message was simply “Hi.” Not long after, something else happened;...

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Sunday, 21 October 2012
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Hope began to flicker like a candle last year when The Headstones not only announced a new string of tour dates scattered across Canada, but also recorded “Binthiswayforyears” – the first new song to appear from the band in nine years – and gave it away for free via their website. Was it true? Could it really be that The Headstones were set to try again after so much time away? It certainly seemed so and, after the whirlwind of...

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Saturday, 20 October 2012
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As every musician can tell you, at a certain level it pays to not ask too many questions – eventually it just makes sense to go with what's presented to you and try to not dissect the finer points of the matter too much. Why do things work the way they do? They just do – and no one is complaining because everything is running smoothly, so the best course is not to question and not to wonder. That is...

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Friday, 19 October 2012
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Oh, what times these are that we're-a-livin' in! What does it take to get a new Blues Explosion record? Maybe it takes simple determination? Maybe it's the simple passing of time? Maybe it's revisiting your entire catalog and then reissuing it which makes you fall in love again? With the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, it might be all of the above. The last time I saw the Blues Explosion was ten years ago. That is not a typo, ten years....

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Friday, 19 October 2012
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The tone in Judah Bauer's voice would have you believe that everything is just business as usual at the moment. At the beginning of his conversation with Ground Control, the guitarist is almost cavalier as he checks batteries and packs equipment for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's North American tour, but there's no doubt that cavalier attitude is really only a thin veil to diffuse the guitarist's excitement; he's finally going to get the opportunity to cut loose that, playing...

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Thursday, 18 October 2012