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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Todd Snider eats Bush!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 11:22 AM

Dig this vid that pimps a song from Todd Snider’s latest, The Devil You Know. The song uses an inarticulate aging frat dude as a device to spin an hilarious and on-target Bush yarn. All hail the chief and the power and beauty of the three-minute pop tune! Click this:...

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Shiny boots of leather.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2006 at 3:54 PM

As she told us, Linda Ronstadt’s the only mama that’ll walk the line. Her 1969 gender-opposite remake of the Waylon Jennings classic scooted along with an unbuttoned shirt and upturned lip, and easily beat out the Lee Hazelwood/Ann-Margret version of that same year, mostly because the Linda of the...

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SSM drunk dials; No Meier in Mayer

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2006 at 3:37 PM

These chatterbox chestnuts just arrived from "Motor City Cribs & Rides" helmsman Doug Coombe: SSM has a new EP coming out, but we don't know the title. What’s more, crispy Detroit organist Lyman Woodard appears on one song. The band found Woodard by simply looking him up in the phone...

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Second Round’s on Me

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Second Round's on Me, like Detroit, has its highs and lows. It makes perfect sense at times, and struggles to find its way at others. But when it's right, it's stellar. The first two tracks sneak up, mostly because of Eminem's brooding production style. Synth bass and snapping kick drums...

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Confuzed Disco

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Based in Bologna, where radicals, artists, glam rockers, and hippies all coexisted in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Italian Records was the first label in the country to release music by such weirdo smartbombs as Tuxedomoon, DNA, Lydia Lunch and Throbbing Gristle. More importantly, it was as an incubator...

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Idlewild

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Rumors of an OutKast breakup have been circulating for years, about as long as the duo's plans for a movie plus sound track have been around. They still managed to release two records though, 2000's Stankonia and the 2003 "double-solo" Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and in late 2005, it looked like...

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Hard Lessons make mad Euros.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2006 at 1:03 PM

The Hard Lessons do Europe this September, hitting cities like Berlin, Hamburg, and Cologne with Motion City Soundtrack - one of the only decent reps of the current pop/punk/emo crop - and crafty viral marketers OK GO. How will the Germans respond to Augie's Who Came First-era Pete Townshend beard?...

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Oh there ain't no rock 'n' roll no more

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2006 at 9:29 AM

OK, here are a few things blowing my skirt up this week. It’s mostly reissues and old shit. Music: Harry Nilsson – Son of Schmilsson (Sony-Legacy 2006 reissue) Nilsson is too fuckin’ smart here and the record buying public responded in kind — the record didn’t blockbuster like '71’s Nilsson...

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Dance, little sister

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Densely packing 71 micro-edited tracks, loops and effects into a 78-minute mix, ex-Detroiter Magda (Magdalena Chojnacka) reshapes material by various artists into something all her own. She's a Dancing Machine, her first full-length release on Windsor's Minus, takes its cue from label founder Richie Hawtin, whose recent work has helped...

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Phantasmagore

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 12:00 AM

In 1996, goth metal wildcards Type O Negative released a single called "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend," and it totally ruled because, like its album October Rust, the song's sound and premise let the listener in on Negative's joke. Deadsy has done the same thing since 2002's Commencement, when Elijah Blue Allman,...

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