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When Jeff Buckley passed away, I felt an intense sadness usually reserved for family members or other close loved ones. His music suddenly transmogrified from haunting love songs or existential queries into dark opuses and reminders of something that seemed unfinished. The ballads of a life lost too young. Since his passing, I find it interesting how some point out that death made Jeff more famous, as if it that’s his fault. However, it’s not really the issue nor should...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2007
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Sometimes a band has to contend with fatigue or sickness or even technical difficulties during a show that might contribute to a particular performance. Of Montreal’s lead singer/guitarist and androgyny aficionado, Kevin Barnes, apologized for a slow start, saying, “I took too much last night and sometimes you have to balance it out,” as well as admitting they were “crowd surfing at a Shiny Toy Guns show at Sundance” the night before. Being the first night of a grueling 49-date...

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Monday, 29 January 2007
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will release their fourth album, Baby 81, on May 1st with RCA Records. With their 2005 critically acclaimed album, Howl, BRMC proved their stalwart musicianship with their own brand of stripped down Americana and are now deftly transitioning back towards the color-saturated wash of guitars that made fans fall for the band in the first place. Baby 81, named after an infant admitted to the hospital in the wake of 2004’s tsunami who was claimed by...

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Monday, 29 January 2007
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Well, it was family affair night at the Silverlake Lounge when “It” band for 2007, Cold War Kids, teamed up with Matt Death and the New Intellectuals. Not only did the opening band consist of Cold War Kids’ producer and album photographer, Matt Death, but also David Maust, brother of Cold War Kids’ Matt Maust. Had they thrown in some barbecued chicken and a backyard, it would have felt like a down-home family reunion, because it sure as hell sounded...

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Saturday, 27 January 2007
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Rare And Out-Of-Print Recordings Available Via Download Anthology Recordings has announced their first four digital only releases of 2007, which will be available for download on January 17 – Dom’s “Edge Of Time” (Ultimate meditative Psych from Germany circa 1970), Patrick Gleeson’s “Rainbow Delta” (Analog Synth pioneer), Abner Jay (The last great Southern black minstrel show) and Merrell Fankhauser (gently flowing, peaceful folk). All releases can be accessed at www.anthologyrecordings.com and...

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Thursday, 25 January 2007
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(New York, NY) – As good years go, 2006 was a particularly good one for The Decemberists. Their Capitol Records debut, The Crane Wife, arrived to great acclaim, landing on numerous year-end “best of” lists including #1 slots at NPR, Paste and others; a U.S. tour went over like gangbusters from coast-to-coast; and a much-publicized guitar showdown with Stephen Colbert resulted in Dr. Henry Kissinger, Peter Frampton and Elliot Spitzer showing up in more Decemberists Google searches than ever before....

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Thursday, 25 January 2007
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The classic Sebadoh line-up of Lou Barlow, Eric Gaffney and Jason Loewenstein has re-united and will tour the US for the first time in 14 years in the spring of 2007. Sebadoh began in 1987 as the solo project of Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow, who quickly teamed up with kindred spirit Eric Gaffney.  Jason Loewenstein joined the band in 1989. The band's line-up changed quite frequently over the years, but the trio of Barlow / Gaffney / Loewenstein was...

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Thursday, 25 January 2007
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Amidst the crumbling strip malls and donut huts of Santa Monica Boulevard, rests the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. With Paramount looming ominously across the street, the manicured lawns and stone mausoleums bask ‘neath sunny southern California skies and, during the summer months, become the setting for one of LA.’s most popular events: movie night at the cemetery! For those living outside of Los Angeles, you probably think this equals a gaggle of Cure-coiffed urchins, huddling next to a grave while watching...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2007
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On a night when ball-shrinking coldness gripped the southland, one backward railroad town on the edge of the Inland Empire kept the faithful warm. That was when Pomona’s venerable but haplessly off-the-beaten-path Glass House played host to eternal slack godhead Stephen Malkmus and his merry band of Jicks. And on an evening when a $17 ticket might have been well-spent just to get shelter from the frigid conditions, Malkmus put on a memorable show that highlighted his rapidly proggifying band’s...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2007
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When J Mascis and Lou Barlow parted ways in 1989 following three hugely acclaimed and enormously influential albums it was generally understood that the relationship was, sadly, irreparably damaged. While J continued with Dinosaur Jr, Lou went on to form Sebadoh & Folk Implosion and the original Dinosaur Jr line-up seemed unlikely to ever rekindle their magic. Dinosaur Jr are now widely recognized as one of the most significant American rock bands of all time; the sound they pioneered in...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2007