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Hi there! It’s a bit of a busy time this season, but I hope you’re all doing well. As a consequence of the busy season, I couldn’t corral all the staffers to contribute, so some writers and/or genres are going to be underrepresented. This will hopefully change as we gear up for the Year-End list, […]

Hi there! Apologies to those of you who missed out on our celebratory rainbowsplosion on Friday. In case you missed it, pretend you’re Homer: People got a bit cranky with me, and perhaps understandably so — my favorite remark had something to do with “keeping the politics out of a music site” — despite that […]

Today is the most glorious day of the year. It’s Opening Day! Well, sort of, anyway. Does it really count if there’s only one game going, and one of the teams is the Cubs? It’s also the Master’s next week. Either way, just like the lion and the lamb adage about March, the year’s first […]

Hello, friends. If you made it here without any malware warnings, breathe a sigh of relief. As is the yearly tradition, I hope all of you were “Down with the Christmas” this week, no matter what festive holiday you celebrated: Stream: The Paybacks – “Down with the Christmas” (3:55) Similar to my entry last year […]

Welcome to our Q3 Mixtape this year, where we further illuminate some of our favorite songs released between July – September. Featuring tracks from Amplifier, Banks, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Dog Fashion Disco, Dopplereffekt, Kimbra, Lenny Kravitz, Mr. Kitty, Oado, Seven That Spells, Shabazz Palaces, Skrew, Yuna, and more than what’s listed in the aforementioned baker’s […]

On the heels of debuting some, uh, minimalistic album art and the raucous “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” off their forthcoming LP Get Hurt, The Gaslight Anthem have shared the title track as well. Get Hurt is slated for an August 19th release date and is available for pre-order. The Gaslight Anthem – “Get Hurt” (3:43) Get […]

As we march towards Day 182 on the year, we honor the late radio personality Casey Kasem and his famous closing line: “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.” Be it summer or winter where you are, we hope that your first half has been just as splendid as ours. […]

In a world where we can cure cancer with Facebook likes… wait, never mind. In a world where the relationship between musicians and their fans is bolstered through social media, pay-what-you-like downloads, and [hopefully] a continued focus on developing legal services that actually adequately compensate the artists, it’s always a neat thing whenever musicians tease […]

Increasing your band’s exposure can be a daunting task. Some are fortunate enough to have found spots on “The Big Four” American networks (or their equivalents); for example,┬áHouse, Parenthood, and Scrubs all have (or had) prime-time TV spots, and expanding our parameters to include networks like CW (e.g. Gossip Girl), HBO (e.g.┬áTreme), and Showtime (e.g. […]

As the champion of Malaysian Flight Simulator, I have a keen understanding of how music can fall off my proverbial radar undetected. To protect you from having the same fate, we’ve collaborated on delivering to you some first-quarter artist and album highlights from our personal highlight reels. From the avant-garde and the macabre to the […]

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), […]

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