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I recognize that there are exceptions to every rule, but parody songs tend to bastardize the original source material beyond the point of recognition. This isn’t the case for Freddy Scott‘s tribute to one of his purported musical heroes, Trent Reznor. Imagination and imitation may very well be the sincerest forms of flattery. As angry […]

I was playing pub trivia earlier this week with some friends, and one of the rounds was “Disney by Decade”. I knew this was coming because the ultra-shitty hostess was playing “A Whole New World” and “Part of Your World” and probably some other songs with “World” in them (perhaps “Two Worlds” was played, but […]

I bit the bullet and started cleaning my office today. I love being organized, but I hate cleaning. Do I really need to save notebooks and folders from undergrad courses that I’ll never crack open again? Even my graduate studies binder isn’t really connected to what I do today. It was my good buddy’s birthday […]

Hello, friends! As is our yearly tradition here, I hope all of you were “Down with the Christmas” this week, no matter what festive holiday you celebrate: Stream: The Paybacks – “Down with the Christmas” (3:55) I decided to break this entry down into 3 components: the Jom Expansion Pack (25 albums that missed my […]

Sporting 13 tracks and clocking in at 75:07, The Red Paintings’ The Revolution is Never Coming, which was mixed on four separate continents (I assume Antarctica was out of the running) by eight different producers (including the late Bryan Carlstrom, who worked with Anthrax, The Offspring, Alice in Chains, Queen, and Social Distortion, among others), […]

A long, long time ago I can still remember how The forums used to make me smile And I knew if he had a chance Ramsey could showcase his talents And maybe we’d be jammin’ for a while… I’m not really sure what bastardizing Don McLean lyrics has to do with anything, but as a […]

As promised, we want to whet your collective appetite for what the site’s tagging system and band pages will potentially look like (as you know, things are subject to change, but as of now, the owner’s on pace to start rolling this out sometime in Q3!). Click the images to enlarge. There is a high […]

I’m curious if the musician behind the Trash McSweeney alias dissociates from reality whenever he morphs into his idiosyncratic performer’s role. Or, from a different point of view, whether or not the McSweeney persona is actually a commune of fragmented, detached personalities it has encountered over its lifespan and subsequently absorbed into some scattered, diffused […]

Right when I start to think the forthcoming album should be renamed to something along the lines of This Record is Never Coming, Trash McSweeney and his merry band continue to release teaser after teaser that The Revolution is Never Coming is actually going to see the light of day sometime in 2013 (as opposed […]

Why is Santa’s sack so big? He only comes once a year. (Much like my review publishing rate in 2012, evidently.) I think it goes without saying that my musical authority on this site has the approximate utility value of a glass hammer or a chocolate teapot, but I digress. It’s a bit of fun […]

In March 2012, Lester Chambers (of The Chamber Brothers fame, a 1960s soul group) posted the following image to his official Facebook page: That hit song? “Time Has Come Today”. In fighting for an open Internet (especially in the face of threats such as SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and so on), entrepreneurs such as Alexis Ohanian […]

Suppose you were knocked unconscious on December 31st, 2011, knowing that this would be the last time you’d see Dick Clark ring in a New Year with you: … and you went through all of 2012 in a 320+ day Rip Van Winkle-like coma, missing out on all that 2012 would bring with pop music, […]

Ten quick things about Friday’s The Gaslight Anthem gig at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, Michigan (if you clicked this just to see the setlist, feel free to skip to the bottom): 1. This was a Gaslight-only gig. The Detroit date was added after the tour kicked off, which saved me a trip to Grand […]

Just a few hours ago, Sesame Street‘s official YouTube channel posted a video of Cookie Monster spoofing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. Weeks ago, I couldn’t tell you a thing about her or that song other than that I’d hear it at least 42 times a night, no thanks to the TouchTunes machine that […]

In New York City’s Grand Central Station, right outside the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, the underpass possesses a peculiar charm. At this particular location, four archways of resplendent Guastavino tile provide a unique listening opportunity, especially after midnight, when foot traffic is at its lowest.  Stand at one corner of the underpass, and […]

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