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Nov 28 Bob Mould And Margaret Cho Are Busking In San Francisco To Help The Homeless
Comedian Margaret Cho is taking action, she will be busking all over San Francisco in the following weeks as part of a campaign to feed the homeless, and on Wednesday, she got some help from Bob Mould!
Posted 28 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 28 “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ Reviewed
I don’t expect a sci fi dystopia to have much reality as such, but I do expect it to have an internal reality and this has none, hell “The Giver” was better. No dialogue, no action, no beauty, so surprises (except in the enormous, plot driven mistakes being made), Vivian Leigh is doing cartwheels.
Posted 28 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 28 Hear, My Friends: JJ McCabe’s Five Songs
You may remember my friend JJ McCabe from last year’s JJ McCabe And Fallen Angel power pop masterstroke Presenting. Surely the best of the genre (just give another listen to the horns on “Gimme More” and the guitar on “Uuu”) in 2013 and well worth checking out, so I guess the two Beatles tracks aren’t a shocker at all on the . Ice JJ Fish on the other hand…
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Nov 28 Bridgetown Records Fall Releases 2014
For seven years Kevin has managed to keep Bridgetown Records running, quite an achievement in itself, time to support the guy with your hard earned bread. Or you can just stream it on his website here. So now instead of whining, now it’s your turn here to support the arts.
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Nov 28 Watch And Play With Coldplay’s New Interactive Video For ‘Ink’
I tried once, but it was rather dull, I am not a video-adventure-game person, but this guy running after his lost love wasn’t the most exciting thing I have seen, it was cute like a Disney cartoon can be cute, and may be I am too old for this?
Posted 28 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 28 Rye Coalition’s Hard Luck Story Comes To DVD
Maybe ten years ago, I had a good friend (can’t remember her name) who was dating one of the members of Rye Coalition and invited me to have lunch with him and we sat around for a coupla hours where he old me he story of this quasi Led Zep metal punk bands rise and fall.
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Nov 28 rock nyc Top 10 Songs Week Of November 24th, 2014
Wow, here is something we shoulda given thanks for, Simple Minds and Susan Said both big at the top, one of 1D’s greatest moment, Eminem testifying, Homeboy Sandman art rapping, Selena heartbroken, and Marshall Crenshaw still knocking em out of the park.
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Nov 28 10 Songs: Friday, November 28th, 2014
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars – An amazing simulation of soul and funk and James Brown, unyielding replication of what it means to have funkadelia in your soul but so what if it isn’t the real thing, it still sounds good – B+
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Nov 27 On Thanksgiving: Thank God It’s Them Instead Of You
But like Bono sang once: Thank God it’s them instead of you and what you wanna do is take pleasure in your good luck. You won the world lottery, stop whinging and get stuffed. Look at it this way: it is your responsibility to give Thanks by enjoying what you’re giving thanks for.
Posted 27 November 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Nov 27 Kurt Cobain, Subject Of A New Documentary, Produced By His Daughter
This sounds quite amazing and the most astonishing part is the name of Frances Bean Cobain, as the executive producer. Brett Morgen, who also directed ‘The Kid Stays in the Picture’, will write, direct and produce the documentary, and so far Courtney Love’s name is not associated with it, which could be the best part of the whole story
Posted 27 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 27 Joni Mitchell Said She Squelched The Taylor Swift Biopic
Of course everyone interprets this sentence as if she was dissing Taylor Swift, the girl with high cheekbones, but it is really more a rejection of the movie than the young pop star! Still, she could have been a bit nicer? A bit warmer?
Posted 27 November 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Nov 27 Happy Thanksgiving, Morrissey: Remember Him, Forget His fate
Now that I’ve finished plagiarizing Gigwise, here is the great German he is referring to the late great Klaus Nomi, who I met maybe three times and was very strange and then I saw him with Bowie on SNL and was sick with jealousy. And the stage attack by Moz
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Nov 27 Singles Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed Week Of November 24th, 2014
Home – Naughty Boy, Sam Evans – Woah, a little early for Sam Smith homages though Naughty Boy is one of the first of the Rudimental-Disclosure school of EDM pop songs out of the gate – B+
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Nov 27 US Top 10 Albums 12-6-14
Four is the fourth # 1 by 1D and the last by the old system where Billboard only used sales (Alyson Camus wrote about it here) and it could be worse: sold nearly 400K and a good album. Every 16500 streams equals one album as far as Billboard goes and you can do the math but it comes to $0.015 per stream, Spotify pays $0.06
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Nov 27 US Top 10 Singles 12-6-14
Let’s be clear, “Blank Space” has made a superstar even bigger, simply the greatest pop star around today: it crosses over every boundary, it is the epitome of a master pop song. It isn’t a question of if you don’t like it to each there own, it is a matter of if you don’t like it you have something missing in your pop genes and hereby banned from commenting on modern music.
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Last Salute To The Blank Generation: My Top Seven Songs Of the ’70s

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7. “Blank Generation,” Richard Hell and the Voidoids. In 1959, Bobby McFadden, who provided the voice to Franken Berry in the ‘70s, and poet Rod McKuen released a novelty single titled “The Beat Generation,” about the low budget hipster lifestyle. Richard (Meyers) Hell reworked the tune, playing “Blank Generation” in an early version of Television and with the non-Petty Heartbreakers in 1976. Released with the Voidoids in ’77, law school graduate Robert Quine provided the razor sharp guitar while Hell howled about being “God’s consolation prize.” The tagline, “I belong to the blank generation,” became the battle cry for the CBGB’s punk rock crowd. The perfect angst anthem for self-designated outcasts.


Fall Out Boy’s “Young Volcanoes” Reviewed

Fall Out Boy is on a freakin' roll.

They released a new tune called "Young Volcanoes" and it is the best tune that they've released out of the three.  First of all, the entire aspect of the sound is adorable.  It sounds like they're young FOB again, and Patrick even laughs in it- they're having fun, and it's really evident.

It's certainly the most catchy song I've heard in a while.  It's definitely a new sound, and has a more well-rounded feel than "Phoenix" and "Light Em Up".  I take back what I said about "Phoenix"- because this will be THE song of summer 2013.  It has a hint of pop pizazz but is most certainly "indie" enough for the other fans.  It just makes you feel happy, which is really nice.  It has the freeing vibe that was kind of lost in the last album or two they released; FOB always felt super contemporary and just like they knew what teens wanted to hear.  Folie was a little too mature for a lot of fans to appreciate, so now that they've fallen back into their niche, it's clear that this is their true element.

Patrick sounds young again (circa Cork Tree), and you can sense the enjoyment in his voice; it's almost like you can envision him dancing around in the studio.  The instruments are upbeat and peppy, and have a wholesome feel.  It's like the entire band got together and knew exactly what they wanted and it's like somehow you can feel like they bonded over this tune.  Everything about it is gorgeous.  The composition is a little similar to some other radio-tunes from the past, but that's to be expected.  Besides, FOB did it a thousand times better.

Also, if you kind of fangirl when you hear new stuff about them, I'm sure you've already swooned about Patrick's little giggle.  It's so genuine and relatable.  They aren't rock stars with this song- they're just like regular people, having a friggin' BLAST.  

It's a beautiful feeling to have Fall Out Boy *really* back. Listen


Manic Street Preachers, “Motown Junk” Reviewed

Back in my day if you were a fan of Manic Street Preachers you were a preppy ass poser.  In the very late 1980s you could go one of two ways, the filth of 'hardcore' or the 'artsy' intellectual punk thing and MSP were the later.