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Awright, a moment o' silence is in order junky, so bow yer head, I came back early ta pay some respect ta a reckid store thit closed in my neighbahood, Bleecker Bob's Golden Oldies Record Shop. Everybody will tell you dat it wis a dump cause it was; it wis rough an' smelly an' looked cheap, but it wis still special. Those who haven't got a clue will tell you it wis special cause it's where Lenny Kaye met Patti...

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Thursday, 25 April 2013
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As of this writing, it will have been about forty years since Iggy and The Stooges released their seminal album, Raw Power. More specifically, it has been 14685 days since Iggy and The Stooges' first album ("first" in that it featured guitarist James Williamson under the moniker Iggy and The Stooges – The Stooges had already released two albums before that) hit new release racks and started growing within the mainstream (underground or above ground is irrelevant); ultimately reshaping a...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013
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As one scans back through the last twenty-five years, it becomes pretty easy to see that one of the best producers of new label signing/ new music compilations has been Sub Pop Records. To be fair, the label comps that Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords used to put out were pretty awesome, but no label has proven to have the same consistency that Sub Pop has; in fact, comps like Sub Pop 100 and 200 have even taken on a...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013
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Remember back in high school when all the kids who could play instruments eventually began to break down into smaller subsets with the idea of starting bands together? If you looked around, you'd see four guys who all happened to like Neil Young congregate at the same table in the cafeteria and eventually start jamming together after school (or sometimes at lunch), then the punk band and the four guys who could play Beatles songs the best would start their...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013
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If one really looks at the Cold War Kids' history of releases, it's possible to see that a massive screw-up of an album was inevitable, the way the band was working. When the band started in 2006, they made an impressive mark with Robbers & Cowards, and had indie rock fans excited for good reason; the songs were solid and instantly memorable, and the performances were equally so. Emboldened, the band then began a tradition of regularly renovating their sound...

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Monday, 22 April 2013
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Welcome back ta da land o' da livin' junky! Awright, yer right, I took a week off, sue me. But hey – that jus' means yer dat much hungrier fer some new, fresh, free SWAG now don'it? Good thing I brought a big bag wit' me dis week. Okay, le's get right to it then – I gotta little somethin' fer every taste 'ere. I got some indie rock like The Cloud Nothings, some punk rock like The Descendents ann'a...

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Monday, 22 April 2013
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While no album that Rob Zombie has released since going solo has really tanked commercially, the hard truth is that it has been a solid ten years since the singer released a good album of new music. That might sound damning, but it's true; lots of Rob Zombie's albums have come out and proven to be perfectly listenable for a little while, but they've proven to have less and less staying power as time has worn on. The speed at...

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Saturday, 20 April 2013
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Ever since The Flaming Lips completed the album cycle supporting At War With The Mystics in 2006, the band has seemed intent on moving away from every conventional music structure which might imply a sense of warmth and get as far outside of common pop conventions as possible. The first step came just a few months after Mystics' release, when Wayne Coyne compiled the 20 Years Of Weird album and started blurring all of the lines which could have contained...

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Thursday, 18 April 2013
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The last few years have been surprisingly uncertain ones for Billy Bragg. After the singer finished his contract with Elektra in 2002 with England, Half English, he chose to seek his fortunes elsewhere and landed briefly on ANTI- Records. While 2008's Mr. Love & Justice (the singer's only album for ANTI-) was received well enough, Bragg's wanderlust endured and, after an extended stay in limbo, the singer has finally landed in good company with the Dine Alone stable. So what...

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Saturday, 13 April 2013
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The beauty of Shotgun Jimmie's music has always been the perfect purity of its heart. Since first appearing before listeners with a group called Shotgun & Jaybird in 2003, “Shotgun” Jimmie Kilpatrick has embodied a charmed (and charming) musical persona in that there is no question whether or not the sentiments imparted by his songs are true (everyone knows they are), but Jimmie can melt fans' faces with white hot passion too – when the mood strikes him. Each successive...

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Friday, 12 April 2013