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Joe Tacopino
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Joe is a freelance writer who focuses on music, politics, and popular culture. His work has been published at AOL Music, Staten Island Advance,, and One semester away from mastering J-School over at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Joe lives in a pastoral abode out on Staten Island where he enjoys the solitude and the whiskey.


Wednesday, August 6 2008

Flight of the Dodos: An Interview with the Dodos

With prog-metal meeting West Africa, Meric Long and Logan Kroeber disguise a world of influences in their surprisingly complex sound.

Wednesday, November 7 2007

Southern Comfort: An Interview with Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell

Band of Horses' reluctant frontman talks about moving back South to record his new album, the fading playoff hopes of the New York Yankees, and indie rock's most influential beards.

Tuesday, July 24 2007

Saving Humanity: An Interview with John Vanderslice

"I am in general very anti-government." John Vanderslice brings his political and economic sides to the fore in taking on the world's crazies.


Sunday, July 11 2010

Sonoi: Sonoi

This Chicago collective has put together an album of light, airy, undulating rock songs.

Monday, June 28 2010

Les Vinyl: Bright Gray

It's the free-wheeling '90s all over again -- well, the good parts, at least.

Thursday, April 8 2010

Child Abuse: Cut and Run

It's probably safe to assume that this band wants to make you uncomfortable.

Sunday, March 21 2010

Archie Bronson Outfit: Coconut

Coconut is dirty blues, throbbing bass lines, and spacey drone jams, produced by DFA's Tim Goldsworthy.

Monday, February 8 2010

Screaming Females: Singles

Casual listeners might prefer the more pristine-version of the band, via last year's full-length, Power Move, but Singles is a tasty morsel of a feisty young talent.

Owl: Owl [18.Mar.09]
Sic Alps: U.S. EZ [18.Aug.08]
Dr. Dog: Fate [16.Jul.08]
Au: Verbs [1.Jul.08]
Neimo: Neimo [27.Mar.08]
Ulaan Khol: I [16.Mar.08]
Rings: Black Habit [13.Feb.08]
We Tigers: Rivals [19.Dec.07]
Odeath: Head Home [30.Aug.07]


Tuesday, April 20 2010

Pablo - "Learn a Lesson" (video)

Thursday, July 9 2009

Toro Y Moi - "Blessa" (Stream)

Woods - "To Clean" (video) (Mixed Media) [16.Jun.09]
Mastodon - "Oblivion" (video) (Mixed Media) [10.Jun.09]
Allen Ginsberg's Birthday (video) (Mixed Media) [3.Jun.09]
Sonic Youth - The Eternal (stream) (Mixed Media) [2.Jun.09]
Dan Deacon - Bromst (Album Stream) (Mixed Media) [4.Mar.09]
Caroline Weeks - "Elegy" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [23.Feb.09]
Broken Spindles - "Introvert" (video) (Mixed Media) [16.Feb.09]
Chairlift - "Evident Utensil" (video) (Mixed Media) [11.Feb.09]
Wavves - "So Bored" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [10.Feb.09]
The Black Lips - "Short Fuse" (MP3) (Mixed Media) [10.Feb.09]
Matt & Kim - "Daylight" (video) (Mixed Media) [1.Feb.09]
The Press and General Petraeus (Sources Say) [11.Sep.07]
50 Cent Endorses Hillary (Sources Say) [5.Sep.07]
YouTube Strikes Again (Sources Say) [26.Aug.07]
Boys on the Bus #11 (Sources Say) [7.Aug.07]
Boys on the Bus #10 (Sources Say) [24.Jul.07]
Boys on the Bus #9 (Sources Say) [10.Jul.07]
Boys on the Bus #8 (Sources Say) [24.Jun.07]
Boys on the Bus #7 (Sources Say) [10.Jun.07]
Boys on the Bus #6 (Sources Say) [11.May.07]
Boys on the Bus #5 (Sources Say) [3.May.07]
Boys on the Bus #4 (Sources Say) [26.Apr.07]
Boys on the Bus #3 (Sources Say) [19.Apr.07]
Boys on the Bus #2 (Sources Say) [12.Apr.07]
Boys on the Bus #1 (Sources Say) [4.Apr.07]
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