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Written by | March 25, 2015 0:07 | No Comments

Soko is also an actress and this could explain a lot,… either she has studied Pink’s mannerism for hours (they are in fact buddies) or she is quite talented at picking someone’s attitude, or both! For a little while I thought I was watching the famous underground singer.

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Written by | March 14, 2015 0:05 | No Comments

‘To me, ‘Drones’ are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behavior with no recourse. The world is run by Drones utilizing Drones to turn us all into Drones. Drones explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors.’ …

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Written by | February 26, 2015 0:06 | No Comments

Best Coast have made the move from the Beach Boys to the Dream Syndicate while remaining true to themselves. It is a real goodie with a sterling guitar break and a haunting, sadly sad (does anybody do sad quite as well nowadays?) vocal

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Written by | February 17, 2015 0:04 | No Comments

“Skylight”is a hard rock ballad in the verses which explodes into an anthemic instrumental with a sterling guitar solo on the break and a kitchen sink expanded power source chorus.

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Written by | January 25, 2015 0:05 | No Comments

Yep, this is the song of the winter. With a slice of Pulp Fiction and a dash of “The Munsters” and, here, for the piece de resistance, boy of Zummer buddy Wiz Khalifa adding a verse of chronic, the one track that will put the band back at the top of the heap

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Written by | January 6, 2015 0:06 | No Comments

leaked from her studio, if it isn’t a new song it sounds like it could be. the wooah wooahs sound like Riri’s signature all right, and the sentiment is kinda underplayed, it doesn’t smack you, more like an observation. she doesn’t do high octane drama now does she?

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Written by | January 1, 2015 0:06 | No Comments

752 songs I like enough, say “B+” and better, to include on this list though only the top 40 is in order of preference. I know it looks like a lot but think of it this way, with an average of 12 songs on album that is the equivalent of 62 albums so not incredible.

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Written by | December 26, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

rock nyc writer Steve Crawford has spent much of the year working on a book of the greatest songs in the 1980s, but still followed the latest releases close enough to include Old 97’s encapsulated history of life in a rock band, Lydia’s ode to being told to give oral stimulation and long time faves DBT. A mix of Americana and the occasional curve ball for 2014.

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Written by | December 9, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

I’m not certain who sang these so I had to check with my Dad. Every time I go out with my Dad in a fast car these are the songs he likes to play. I don’t know why he chose them, because they are hard rockers I guess, but I do like them: I like the tunes, the beat and I don’t singalong unless I’m being paid!

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Written by | December 1, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

Sure “Blank Space” is the best song of this year, last year and probably next year but lets take a second to namecheck Pittsburgh’s finest the Gotobeds, whose “New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex And Phones)” is as good as its name, hell it’s as good as its first line.

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Written by | November 18, 2014 0:04 | No Comments

I appreciate Geldof’s good intention (though isn’t Ebola over with now? What? Are we giving $50K a victim?) but not at this price. This is purely brutal. Feed the rich, torture the poor… 30 years later

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Written by | November 2, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

It is a really cool thing to hear Marshall so far away from what he does and yet so completely into it, he holds the melody, a pretty one as well, though a little ethereal, and strengthens it with a natural confidence that follows the melody line, one easy to lose track off, to the end.

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Written by | October 30, 2014 0:08 | No Comments

Spanking as in brand spanking new, Spanking Charlene’s new single “Sugar Love” is with us and it is a goodie, if it doesn’t have the mainstream manipulations of Eric Amble or the garage rock pressure points of Little Stevie, what Charlene McPherson is a fresh live take on her latest release

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Written by | October 22, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

Recorded at Symphony Park on October 18th, 2014, Kelly gets every ounce of the song and shares it right back with her audience, as if their voices are raised together in a hopefulness not actual written in at all. This isn’t actually Clarkson’s gift, she is another torch singer stomping the country side of love, but here with a song that doesn’t belong to her, Clarkson invites us all in.

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Written by | October 21, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

It doesn’t actually sound like the LES in the 80s, maybe the 90s, the sound is too professional, the pain is deep but the arrangement has none of the sloppiness or loose barrelled of punk rock: this is a tough minded blues for grown ups. Well worth listening to.

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Written by | October 19, 2014 0:07 | No Comments

“I Tried” is a big time blues rocker which sounds like the way cali blues should, a deep bass and a very strong guitarist with a straight ahead beat, the song is about as good as rock gets in 2014, there is nowhere else for it to go

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Written by | October 16, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

Should it be a hit? I hope it is, I love it, I love her. It just misses it by that much, it is not ordinary but it is ordinary for what she does, for what Meghan is capable of. Really, this is an album track and should have remained deep on her upcoming (soon, please please) album

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Written by | October 15, 2014 0:08 | No Comments

I just have a problem with the arrangements, why this terrible change in the chorus? To me, it brings the song down, it makes it less emotional and gut wrenching, it could even bring it in the easy-listening department, or Starbucks counter.

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Written by | October 9, 2014 0:06 | No Comments

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” This is the heart of Kat’s advise on a gorgeous song which makes me feel a little sad because really, everything is so here and gone

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Written by | September 29, 2014 14:21 | No Comments

“My blood is a flood of rubies, precious stones, it keeps my veins hot, the fires find a home in me”. A tough minded song of revenge, “I’m locking up everyone that ever laid a finger on me.” Lorde’s first new song since the breakthrough should put naysayers to bed,

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Written by | August 26, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

In “September Grass”, Taylor is lying in the grass with a woman, and he feels secure and so small, so far away, like tiny, he compares him and his girl to ants on a leaf of grass and the huge world is surrounding them but they are ignoring it. Their smallness and their togetherness protecting them from the world, their insignificance is their freedom and that is exactly how I felt

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Written by | August 20, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

Taylor responds to claims she can’t hold a man, indeed, seeing her ex with another woman, by dancing. Cohen reacts to hell by dancing the samba. And both react to troubles with humor. At the bottom, both these songs are darkly humorous. It is almost like shaking with laughter, it is almost like darkness. But it isn’t darkness yet.

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Written by | 0:02 | No Comments

to McCartney. certainly, if they get it right it will be big time.

Next, “All Day” -a mix of “N—-z In Paris” and Draker’s “Started From The Bottom”, “All Day” is the way Kanye performs pop songs in 2014. Basically, he builds the entire song around repeating the hook every second line and third time around at an increasingly fanatical pace. I love it but I would.

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Written by | August 19, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

Former Smiths members keep on sucking and stupid ass writers keep on lying about them. The only good thing about the death of the rock crtic is nobody has to read the twerps at Rolling Stone’s brain dead blather about stuff they don’t quite grasp. In pitchfork synths are icy, in RS bass’s throb. Never met an adjective they couldn’t sexualy abuse.

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Written by | August 15, 2014 0:08 | No Comments

Rock is about an unleashing of the Id not a wallowing in the superego. In “Special View” Peter does the impossible, he writes a song from the Superego. And what we gain from this is the most important thing we can, we realize we are not alone.

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Written by | August 3, 2014 0:09 | No Comments

They claim to have been influenced by punk rock bands, but I see no signs of this. They’re another shitty pop boy band that I pray is just some flash in the pan. However, you can find pictures of the boys clad in Misfits, Sex Pistols, and other ‘punk band’ merch you can pick up at any Urban Outfitters

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Written by | July 31, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

Lady Gaga, who I am sick to death of, doesn’t simply jump the Shark here, but climbs on top of it, squeezes it between her legs and rides it like Slim Pickens at the end of “Dr. Strangelove” and in the worst is yet to come mode, Bennett delivers his single worst vocal performance of all time

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Written by | July 14, 2014 0:08 | No Comments

This new track is heavily lyric-driven, and there’s a lot less focus on the background beats, which helps to accentuate George’s words and voice. It’s just stunning. He starts with, “I’m a phenomenon, and I gotta bring pain in The Octagon. When I wanna spit game at a soccer mom I get it quicker than the left lane in the Autobahn, fast. Like Ramadan, and I battle young padawans all the damn day.”

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Written by | July 9, 2014 0:08 | No Comments

It’s fun and feels indie, genuinely underground and DIY. I never expected Iero to go in that direction considering he could create some seriously well-produced crisp clean generic music if he wanted to. However, he’s chosen to sound raw and it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

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Written by | July 4, 2014 0:05 | No Comments

The song is great of course. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out how to put the soundcloud recorded version up so here is a live one. And I added “Fatal Flaw” -another new one that sounds pretty good. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to catch em opening for the Buzzcocks on September 6th at Webster Hall.

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Written by | June 26, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

On the third hand, Olivia Vedder must be, what 8 years old now, so I am show she has been freezing it out like crazy though at eight years old her dad is probably still a god like figure. “Daughter” was never a favorite and I see zero reason to change my mind, so there.

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Written by | June 25, 2014 0:02 | No Comments

The problem is Sam Smith’s version, as beautiful as can be, is too downcast, with just a piano he caresses it morbidly. It works as an adjunct to In The Lonely Hour, but that isn’t what he should be doing and that he wo’t jump on something he should be jumping on is something of a bummer.

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Written by | June 19, 2014 0:10 | No Comments

It’s pretty bare bones and laid back, but when the lead guitar kicks in, it gains even more depth and the riff is unique and unlike anything the band’s ever produced before, but I love it. It’s so odd and shows them expanding their horizons, which is awesome to see.

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Written by | June 14, 2014 0:09 | No Comments

So The Adams Family has released a new song and performed it on Conan June 11th. Luckily Gomez and Morticia stopped speaking in French long enough to get this twangy tune in the can. It seems Gomez is no longer able to shower and is boycotting the barber, Morticia has been sucking on helium so much it’s hard to recognize her voice any more.

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Written by | June 13, 2014 0:08 | No Comments

Maybe we don’t have Gerard the deep thinking mastermind terminal, but we do have “Action Cats this glorious slab of power pop, a wall of fuzzy guitar, it’s like the the Cure circa “Mint Car” without Smith’s thick voice, –yes, THAT GOOD!!! If the rest of the album can maintain this sugar and spice, Gerard is back on parade again.

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