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Friday, Jul 27, 2007

New York City’s Animal Collective continues to draw fans closer and naysayers further away with their experimental brand of rock. Started in 2000, Animal Collective consists of Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist. In October 2005, they released Feels, an album met with critical acclaim. Animal Collective’s eight full-length album, Strawberry Jam, will be released September, 2007.


Fireworks from Strawberry Jam:



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Thursday, Jul 26, 2007

Although the upcoming election is far away, the candidates have been campaigning fiercely. It seems as if there is always another debate to help the American public decide between the many candidates. Recently, on July 23, CNN held the “Youtube Debates,” where people recorded questions to ask the candidates. Currently it has only been held for the Democrats, but Monday, September 17, the “Youtube Debates” will be held for the Republicans.


Recap of the debate


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Wednesday, Jul 25, 2007

Quite possibly the greatest animated show of all time, The Simpsons has become one of the most popular shows on television. Starting in 1989, The Simpsons began with strong writing and clever storylines, attracting a large audience and becoming one of FOX’s first hits. Unfortunately, as time has passed, the show has declined in quality, losing its once great edge. The Simpsons Movie premieres Friday, July 27, and judging from the trailer, The Simpsons has sunk even lower to a point of no return.


Remember the good times:


Not these:



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Tuesday, Jul 24, 2007

Formed in 1989, Morphine created a unique sound rarely heard, “low rock.” This “low rock” sound consisted of Mark Sandman on the 2 string bass, Dana Colley on the baritone sax, and Billy Conway on drums. After releasing Cure for Pain in 1993, Morphine began to tour the world, beginning to achieve fame. In 1997, Dreamworks Records released the album Like Swimming, achieving success, but not enough to break into the American mainstream media. On July 3, 1999, Sandman collapsed on stage from a heart attack, and was soon pronounced dead, disbanding Morphine forever. Although the band stopped, their influence still lives on.


Live version of Cure for Pain:



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Monday, Jul 23, 2007

Considered “one of America’s most consistently interesting bands,” Wilco provides music genres for everyone, spanning from alternative country to experimental rock. Formed in 1994, Wilco began playing country, earning minimal success, but in 2002, they released Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, an album considered one of the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone, selling over 590,000 copies. Since then, Wilco has maintained success, receiving two Grammys for their fifth studio album, A Ghost is Born. Their latest album, Sky Blue Sky, sold over 87,000 copies in its first week, hitting the charts in the U.S. and internationally.


What Light:


I’m The Man Who Loves You from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot:



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