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July 2010

‘Crazy for You’: Best Coast’s Peculiar Charm

Bethany Cosentino's guileless lyrics tap into the kid in us.


I Do Know Jack. That’s the Whole Problem!

In an age when so many of us rip music in order to store it on various mobile devices that can be transported anywhere and everywhere, policing entrenched (sub)cultural boundaries seems a bit controversial, if not entirely outdated.


This Just In: The Hooters’ “And We Danced” May Be the Worst Video of All Time

The Hooters’ video for “And We Danced” is a remarkable gestalt of auditory assault and can’t-look-away-it’s-so-bad imagery, a perfect storm of suck.


Paul McCartney - “Teddy Boy”

“Teddy Boy” is the simple acoustic tale of a boy named Ted with serious mother issues. Ted’s mother cries when talking about his soldier


20 Questions: Microtia

Releasing their albums in used beer packing? Wishing to live in Quebec City? Creating movie light shows on stage? Just a day in the life of these Portland prog-rockers, who answer 20 Questions just as the best disc of their career hits stores ...


Losing My Religion: Revealing the Hollow Reality of Lo-Fi

This whole lo-fi thing, in its current form, is an affectation—a performance, a pose, the indie community’s response to “Vogue”. And this upcoming Guided By Voices tour will only enhance the performative aspects of the supposedly authentic aesthetic they have been championed for canonizing.


EMI to Duranies: Drop Dead

EMI, like so many major labels, is circling the drain, buried beneath a mountain of debt and public indifference. The label is wise to plumb the back catalog and offer fans of its key artists the opportunity to pick up fancy versions of their favorite albums with loads of extra stuff. But has its attitude soured the fans on future purchases?


Word Painting with Elliott Smith and Rufus Wainwright

“Word painting” is a technique in which the music of a song reflects or expands upon the meaning of the accompanying lyric. First used by


Paul McCartney - “Momma Miss America”

“Momma Miss America” is another instrumental track on the McCartney album, as the only voice heard is that of an engineer announcing that this is


Getting the Word Out: Discovering Music Through Advertisements

The television and radio commercials that we see every day are selling more than just the products in the ad -- sometimes they're selling an artist as well. It may not be the traditional way for musicians to get their songs to their listeners, but it works.


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