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Uh-Oh

There’s a song on the upcoming Pet Shop Boys album, Elysium, called “Your Early Stuff”. Following previous leaks “Invisible” (which I like), and “Winner” (which I don’t), this doesn’t sound promising. Will it be an album length version of “Samurai … Continue reading

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Some Things Never Change

Back in January, American Idol alum Kellie Pickler released her third album,100 Proof. Opening with “Where’s Tammy Wynette”, the album’s a fascinating throwback to the country style of the late 60s and early 70s. Despite being the best country album … Continue reading

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Pay Attention!

I can understand people (even deadmau5) being upset by Madonna’s reference to ecstasy at the Ultra Festival—casual endorsements of drugs, especially ones as appealing on the surface and as insidiously damaging as MDMA, are always worthy of attack. And I … Continue reading

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Sunday night indie fever

Now that the speculation as to why Arcade Fire managed to win the Album of the Year Grammy has died down a bit, and all the “indie is dead” jokes have been made, I would like to offer my own … Continue reading

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How did the Decemberists debut at number one?

The old-fashioned way: they promo-ed the thing to death and practically gave it away. Works every time.

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The Words That Maketh Murder

Politics, autoharp, and Eddie Cochran. The new PJ Harvey album, Let England Shake, is beginning to sound like something both amazing and sublime (so what else is new). The background vocals on the latest release are going to run through … Continue reading

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Hurry, wait. No, wait. No, hurry. No…

In a Los Angeles Times piece about new ways to release music, Ann Powers reprints a quote from Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips that sums up in a sentence one of the things I like most about the new … Continue reading

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The trouble with Kanye

Ta-Nehisi Coates lays out the main problem with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy far better than I ever could. Despite all the great music, the casual sexism and hints of racism that fill the album undermine whatever other message West … Continue reading

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Weird tales of record pricing

I’ve been noticing more and more anomalies in record pricing lately, especially in terms of downloads. A lot of people brought up the fact last week that with a little tweaking of special offers, you could buy Kanye West’s new … Continue reading

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