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Every now and then, it's possible to encounter a band which has not only created a unique sound, but carved out an unmistakable identity. A band which provides an experience unlike any other you will find. Jail Weddings is such a band. Gabriel Hart, formerly of The Starvations, formed the band in 2006 in order to take his music into very personal, unexplored territory. Jail Weddings have just released Meltdown: A Declaration of Unpopular Emotion, their second full length album,...

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Thursday, 19 September 2013
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Hey Junky,Haya doin' outt'ere, ya no accounts? I'm feelin' great – I had a good week… LIBERATING… a buncha new tune fer youse ta taste test. I gotcha some punk an' some rootsy stuff, an' even a little tasty poison thitcha jus' can't qualify. I's all good though! Like checkitout junky, I scoredja a tune from that band Mixtapes. I know ol' fi'dollar Billy's probably overdosin' onnat band still (when he gets hooked, he don' mess aroun') but dis tune's...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013
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I must confess that I've never been much of an Arctic Monkeys fan. The band came along at the height of a period when hipsters were chasing every garage rock band they saw and calling them the next saviors of rock n' roll (this happened to Arctic Monkeys, Gomez, Wolfmother, Raconteurs, Butch Walker and many more – ALL IN 2006 ALONE), and I wasn't interested in believing the hype. The push behind the band continued to just be so crass...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013
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Rock stars seem to love singing about big issues whenever possible, especially death, but rarely do they do it with any true appreciation of their subject. The usual tendency is to romanticize it – from "Last Kiss" (you are no doubt familiar with Pearl Jam version, but it was originally recorded in 1962 by Wayne Cochran) to "Don't Fear the Reaper" to "Enter Sandman" and so on – but every now and then an album comes along which expresses, deeply...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013
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Some people will probably say otherwise but, really, there's nothing more intoxicating than the dark soul of a woman who has been sorely tried – especially when it's placed on top of a 1-4-5 blues progression. Voices like that are rare; anyone can sing pretty and enjoy a minute in the pop spotlight but, when the story in a woman's heart is one of hard luck and the soul in her throat is still able to overcome it, she'll already...

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Monday, 16 September 2013
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The problem that so many rock bands have been suffering from lately is that they've forgotten how to have fun. At one time, rock was a silly little music genre which was lighthearted at its core, and interested in having fun above all – not making grand artistic statements. In listening to their third album, Essential Tremors, J. Roddy Walston and The Business seem to be asking when having fun started coming second to a ridiculous sense of artistic fulfillment...

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Monday, 16 September 2013
Vinyl Vlog 049
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Record Store Day-issued “Sue (Or In A Season of Crime) single by David Bowie. The arc that David Bowie‘s career has appeared to take over the last forty-seven years has been a truly unique one, when you think about it. It could be hypothesized that being a Bowie fan is very, very similar in nature to being a heroin addict: the first hit you took was good – so good that...

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Sunday, 15 September 2013
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Anyone who has been paying attention over the last five years or so knows and (if pressed) will begrudgingly admit that rock n' roll has needed a transfusion of new blood for a little while. Not that all the recent rock releases have been been totally stale or flat, a lot of them have just seemed pretty tame; the big names who have broken through know where they've been, where they're going and that they've got fans following them but,...

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Friday, 13 September 2013
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Maybe I'm not the most progressive hip hop lover in the world, but the emcees who really spit their syllables hard and don't just try to cram as many as they can into a stanza (a.k.a. Emcees from the school of Chuck D – not Eminem) are the ones who really hit me. Speed rhyming just feels like welterweight boxing to me – it's all stick, move and dance – but the heavyweights just stand up and methodically command the...

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Friday, 13 September 2013
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Since sidling onto the music scene at the end of 2010, The Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye) has steadily garnered praise and critical acclaim for his mixtapes. After attracting the attention of fellow Canadian, rapper Drake, The Weeknd spent 2011 releasing House Of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes Of Silence; three mixtapes that would ultimately be compiled into the 2012 album Trilogy. Now getting his first proper full-length studio release with Kiss Land, the Ontario native’s “debut” doesn't feel much like a...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013