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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.
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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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Dec 20 Best Albums Of 2014 # 15: Perfume Genius’ “Too Bright”
The battle here isn’t internal, it is against forces outside Mike Hadreas, perhaps the social bulling for those out of step, or perceived out of steppedness with the world, the otherness of sound and vision reckoning sideways into the Low-Fi of Bowie and Eno except in 2014 it sounds commercial
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Dec 20 10 Songs: Saturday, December 19th, 2014
Naughty – The Musical Original Soundtrack – The shoulda been a contender off the Broadway Musical, has a nice rhythm stop and start till it reaches the bridge, which is lovely indeed. Unfortunately, kids sound like kids… axiom for the ages? “Sometimes you have to make a little mischief” – B+
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Dec 19 Billy Joe Shaver At City Winery, Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, Reviewed
What do you want to give up? A mid concert “Honky Tonk Heroes” with Shaver yodeling like Slim Whitman? A last song “You Just Can’t Beat Jesus”? The story leading up to “Ragged Old Truck” which culminates in Shaver lying in bed and trying to kill himself?
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Dec 19 Laura Marling Announces A New Album, Listen To The First Track ‘Short Movie’ Below
She is really unleashing a fierce emotion in ‘Short Movie’, with rage and passion, then eventually a lot is going on at the same time on this track, before everything culminates into a duel between Laura’s voice, strumming electric guitars and ascending strings
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Dec 19 Nick Cave’s Handwritten Personal Dictionary
Or how would he manage to assemble lines like these ones: ‘Hear a man preaching in a language that’s completely new, yea/Making the hot cocks in the flophouse bleed/While the cleaning ladies sob into their mops/And a bellhop hops and bops/A shot rings out to a spiritual groove/Everybody bleeding to that Higgs Boson Blues’
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Dec 19 Best Albums 2014 # 16: Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
If they had called it Beautiful and cut it to 40 minutes it would have hit big time, as it is it keeps on delivering the goods to people who don’t want to hear it. Take off Mariah’s name and put in Beyonce’s name. What would happen then?
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Dec 19 Sam Smith Goes Platinum
A huge problem that doesn’t dwarf Sam having sold a million copies (platinum!) of In The Lonely Hour, to go along with his (gasp) six grammy nominations. One of only three albums to reach the plateau in 2014, but what can he do with it if he can’t project it on stage?
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Dec 19 Joan Jett – the Who May 2015: The Rock Show of The year?
Elvis Costello opened for the Who a coupla years ago at a benefit gig, but you’d have to go as far back as the Clash to find an opening act as great as Joanie for these cats. Because, yes indeed folks, Joan Jett is the opening act at the Who’s 50 Anniversary gigs in May 2015.
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Dec 19 The A+ List Christmas 2014
What I am claiming, about all three songs, is they are death songs. It dreams of something that doesn’t exist and then ties the dream to our death. Good? More. Brilliant because it is instant nostalgia, we are missing what we are hearing, and dreaming of it happening as it happens.
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Cuz There Aren’t Enough Books About KISS Yet, ‘Nothin’ To Lose: The Making Of KISS (1972-1975)’

560 pages of KISS- o-belia.  As the title of this Ken Sharp book notes these are the ‘formative’ years for the legendary band KISS.  There are only so many ways to tell a storpy before it becomes a farce.  What can be offered up as ‘new’ after all these years?

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FIDLAR Covers The Descendents For Milo Aukerman’s 50th Birthday

Milo Aukerman, the lead singer of the punk rock band the Descendents, is turning 50 on January 1st, and Filter magazine is releasing its 50th issue at the same time! With the famous cartoon drawn by longtime Descendents artist Chris Shary on the cover, the Filter people have decided to celebrate with free music, or rather a full album of Descendents covers by some of their favorite bands. The album will feature 14 cover songs by hot bands such as The Henry Clay People, Good Riddance, FIDLAR, Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Thrillionaire, Milo Greene, Mike Watt, Edsel, Teen, The Bronx, The Babies, Tijuana Panthers, Bobby Birdman and YACHT.

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Rachel Brown’s ‘Four Leaf Clovers’, A Song From Her Debut Album ‘Building Castles’

This new song ‘Four Leaf Clovers’ by Rachel Brown is a bouncy folky tune with her clear and youthful voice hip hoping over percussion and world music fusion that made a stop in Caribbean islands. It is as sun-kissed as a Jack Johnson melody although it is done with less guitar but more rhythmic voices and syncopated African pulse, that could have come from the deepest rainforest.

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