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November 2009

Six (Not So) Easy Pieces: Picking the Perfect Rock Songs

The task at hand: as accurately and with as much integrity as possible, identify the six songs that best define rock and roll. Pretty simple, huh? Simple and impossible.


Abstract Optimism: A Brief Chat with Owl City

After getting tackled by biker chicks and shying away from the "emo-pop" label, Owl City mastermind Adam Young is still adjusting to his newfound fame, but is taking it all in with a level-head and even more ideas for future nighttime synth-pop creations ...


Lords of the New Church, “Dance with Me”

Facebook is a hell of a thing. Not only can it end marriages and get people fired, it brings folks back into your life after


A Dyslexic’s Wet Dream: Lift Up and Fly Like a Bird

Mad love for Mariah Carey's artistry, exhibited through her "Fly Like a Bird" performance on American Idol.


Gem Found: An Interview with Luke Franks

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats... this time, right in his own backyard.


Masters of the Form: Rage Against the Machine (1992)

Some artists are more than merely great. There are some artists that for a period of years, a period that is finite, consistently produced music that, it can be argued, far exceeded the work of their peers. For that brief period of time they were definitely Masters of the Form.


Soundgarden’s Swan Song, One Album Too Early

In 1989, I was lucky enough to discover Soundgarden two years before the grunge revolution. I read a rave about Louder Than Love in what was


15 Years Later: Blur’s ‘Parklife’

Parklife is like a dream date -- it's smart, it's funny, it rocks, it's tender, it gets your blood pumping, and when it's over, you can't wait to do it all over again.


Verse-Chorus-Verse: An Interview with Jad Fair

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.


October 2009

“Bela Lugosi’s Dead”: 30 Years of Goth, Gloom, and Post-Post-Punk

August marked the 30th anniversary of the release of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, the first single by goth pioneers Bauhaus.  I knew in the


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