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Dec 21 UK # 1 Christmas Single For 2014 Is Ben Haenow… Who?
The X Factor winner Ben Haenow may have never hurt any one and since he is a former truck driver may be you can go further and say it is a better daydream than Billy, but I just wish the song was better. It is truly terrible, not the verses, but the chorus, which is like being lifted up by a crane against your will
Posted 21 December 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Dec 21 Madonna Releases Six Songs From Her 2015 Album “Rebel Heart”
Six songs from Madonna and to be honest I approached reviewing them with a little bit of nervousness. In 2012 I seriously overestimated MDNA. Still, this sounds better; less poppy more adult dance for mainstream Madonna fans. A solid “B+” of an effort
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Dec 21 Watch Marilyn Manson’s New Video For ‘Deep Six’
the animation is totally not working for me: it’s not even scary or confusing enough or perverse as a Manson video should be! This CGI tube swallowing a woman as an anaconda or a slinky toy would do, may be his new idea of sexual threat
Posted 21 December 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Dec 21 Hologram USA Announces Liberace’s World Tour
‘With our partners at the Liberace Foundation we’ll be able to stage a show so lifelike — the room will be filled with all of the great singer’s charm and charisma.”
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Dec 21 Best Albums Of 2014 #13: “Caroline Kole”
There is a lot going on here, one sweet natured song after another and on top? “Money To Me” shares the “heeeeey” hook with “Blank Space” except Caroline wrote hers a year before Taylor. And Caroline has those kind of songs, songs you want to hear over and over again
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Dec 21 Let’s Active: rock nyc Concert PICK(no s!) Week Of December 22nd, 2014
Here is the new Darlene Love album, It’s Christmas, Of Course… kinda interesting, there’s a “2000 Miles” and there’s a “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and who can complain about that? There is nothing at all wrong with the album and I’ve all but decided to go on the Saturday… Grade? B
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Dec 21 Sneak Peaks? New Album Releases, December 23rd, 2014? Uh Oh
Hey wait a second, the Rigor Mortis was released in October and the Daft Punk was released in 2007 and so there is nothing. You heard of Seinfeld’s show about nothing, well, this is a post about nothing
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Dec 21 10 Songs: Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Kimberly – Patti Smith – In the maelstrom of horrors detailed on Horses, Patti Smith finds all existence in the birth of her little sister in the most beautiful song on the album just like some misplaced Joan Of Arc. Singalong: “palmtrees fall into the sea, doesn’t matter much to me…” – A+
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Dec 20 Bob Seger At Madison Square Garden. Friday, December 19th, 2014, Reviewed
At his most complex he is in the working place where, as Jarvis Cocker once noted, common people watch their lives slip out of view. You don’t have to guess with Seger, you don’t have to interpret, he is the poet of desperation and he is the poet laureate of the simple need to be someone
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Dec 20 Jail Weddings and Band Of Horses w/ Jason Lytle Share Two Christmas Songs
You must have heard, it’s Christmas,… again! And here they are again, these eternal songs that come back every year with the same boring arrangements and inanity. Is it that difficult to write new Christmas songs? I guess, because we have been playing the same old clichés for over a century.
Posted 20 December 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Dec 20 Jack White’s Old Single Found In Furniture?
According to Pitchfork, two copies of The Upholsters’ second single, ‘Your Furniture Was Always Dead… I Was Just Afraid to Tell You’ were found by two different individuals, hidden in a piece of furniture!
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Dec 20 Best Albums Of 2014 # 14: Bassnectar’s “Noise Vs Beauty”
At nearly an hour the album has a few cliffs and sometimes it falls off but it always land somewhere cool, it is like a computer game with the sound different levels and the tracks seem to repeat till they are right on the edge and then fall. But we told you that years ago.
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Dec 20 Kevin Breuner, CD Baby VP Of Marketing Talks, Just Not To Us
“In 2014, we’ve seen serious growth in revenues to artists from sources like publishing and YouTube. It’s exciting for us to help artists connect with revenue that previously wasn’t easily accessible to them. In 2015, we expect that trend to continue in a big way.”
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Dec 20 Classic Songs Added to The Grammy Hall Of Fame 2015
Here are the inductees for the Grammy Hall Of Fame and it is sure difficult (and a suckers game) to argue with any of them, though I’ll be happy to try but I’d have to really take a look at all the past songs inducted because, I mean, who thinks that’s Hank’s only tracK
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Dec 20 Hear, My Friends: Rita X Wolf
Rita X Wolf is a writer, critic, art aficionado and my facebook friend who answered the call for five songs she was listening to right the moment I requested it. “I just attended a Gene Clark (70th birthday) Byrds (50th anniversary show) so…”
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Bob Seger At Madison Square Garden. Friday, December 19th, 2014, Reviewed

Bob Seger And the Silver Bullet Band, December 19th, 2014

Bob Seger And the Silver Bullet Band, December 19th, 2014

Bob Seger became the visual embodiment of his audience somewhere down the 2010s. At Madison Square Garden Friday night, he played to an audience of former High School Defensive Tackles where all their muscle had made the move to their pot bellies decades ago and whose diminished expectations are roundly coupled to their decaying visages. They look like they’ve given up. Seger looks like he has given up as well. He looks like he has skipped his 60s (he is 69) and gone straight to his mid-seventies. The difference between the two is one isn’t being paid millions to perform in front of the other, and Seger looks so tired you have to wonder why he chose not to make the slightest effort to lose weight, cut his hair, get lasik eye surgery, exercise so he can move and dance round the stage without his bad boxing pose on the fast numbers. Complaining about a rockers appearance may well be shallow but so is the entertainment business and if you can charge healthy prices show up looking healthy. It’s a miracle nobody dropped dead from a heart attack mid-concert, the entire place looked like a cheeseburger away from a massive coronary including Seger.

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Fleetwood Mac At Madison Square Garden, Monday, October 6th, 2014, Reviewed

in over their heads

in over their heads

It couldn’t live up to expectations so of course it didn’t. The return of Christine McVie to Fleetwood Mac after sixteen years, that means we would be getting a third of the hits, just all about the very best of the 70s Mac’s repertoire, back again. And they were pretty terrific without her in. This is what I wrote in April 2013 (here), “The So Cal Mac, a pop art band, break down as follows: Stevie Nicks wrote folk rock anthems for girls who still believed in fairies, Lindsey Buckingham was the King of guitar pop artiness and Christine wrote So Cal anthems. So, with little choice in the matter, the band sang“Don’t Stop” and “You Can Go Your Own Way” without Christine but there was a gaping wound they chose not to mend where “You Make Loving Fun” and “Over My Head” should have been.”

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Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Rusko And Paper Diamond, Madison Square Garden, Saturday, October 4th, 2014, Reviewed

Bassnectar At MSG, October 2014

Bassnectar At MSG, October 2014

Electronic Dance Music fans are not the children of disco, they are the grandchildren of hippies from the late 1960s: a colorful, drug enhanced subculture of soundscapes and movements. Light shows and late nights. Middle class mainstream turned left. This is how America embraces its young, it dresses them up in cultural neutrality and throws them to the bass.It makes music scenes out of sound frequencies. And at a well attended rave at the citadel of live music, Madison Square Garden, it embraced and embraced hard four DJs representing house, dubstep, heavy sampling mixed with live music, and a House master with his hand in most of the above.

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