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Thursday, Jan 13, 2011
Daytrotter.com captures the songwriting core of MGMT.

For those not familiar with the Daytrotter website, it’s a gold mine of live sessions created for fan consumption. Their mandate of minimal production during the recording process offers listeners an especially intimate look at bands, plus most sessions are available as free downloads. No overdubs or other enhancements filter the experience – everything is captured on analog tape just as it happened that day. The songs are stripped bare and therefore wonderfully raw. 


Daytrotter posted a MGMT session on January 3rd, this year’s first signature offering. It was recorded not at the Rock Island, Illinois headquarters, but during Moogfest at Echo Mountain in North Carolina last October. Listening to MGMT’s complex arrangements explained why the group looked like they were concentrating so hard up on stage at the Asheville Civic Center when PopMatters caught their performance at the festival. The band kicks off with “Song for Dan Treacy”, full of meandering musical parts that are glossed over on last year’s release, Congratulations. “It’s Working” showcases a driving beat which seems to carry the band along happily in its wake. “I Found a Whistle” utilizes a more upbeat tempo than the studio version and swings with new energy. The closer, “Only a Shadow” is an obscure cover by the ‘80s band the Cleaners from Venus, a fun highlight on the band’s latest tour.


[Daytrotter Session]


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Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011
I won't mince words about this one... this show will kick ass.

It is entirely fitting that just after all of the New Year’s Eve fireworks ended in New York City, Explosions in the Sky would announce that they are bringing their own brand of instrumental pyrotechnics to the Big Apple—specifically to Radio City Music Hall.  I won’t mince words about this one: This show will kick ass.


To boot, the band has posted a maddening teaser entitled “New Sounds by Explosions in the Sky” (embedded below) alongside of their concert announcement. A new album, apparently, is in the works and is due out later this spring. 



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Thursday, Dec 30, 2010
Here’s a look at gifts from over 30 years ago.

Now that the Christmas season has passed and the gifts have already been received, let’s take a nostalgic look at popular gifts through the years. The 1970s saw a boom in electronic technology, but many presents were still pretty old school.


Atari Pong: Before Xbox, Nintendo 64, or Sega Genesis: there was Pong. While you can probably play it on your cellphone today, it was a huge gift in the 1970s. In 1976, they sold for about $55.


 

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Friday, Dec 24, 2010

While some music fans believe that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a great honor, others believe that it’s only a chance for self-important insiders to throw a party for their favorite acts. However, the nominations were announced weeks ago, with a surprising 15 acts up for the win. Ten nominees were snubbed, but here’s a look at who did get in and what this could mean for next year’s crop.


Alice Cooper: The most recognizable of the five honorees, he’s the father of “shock rock”, known for his dark style and highly theatrical concerts. His inclusion opens the door for modern goth-rock artists.



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Monday, Dec 20, 2010

Drive-By Truckers has announced their 11th and newest album, Go-Go Boots will be released February 15, 2011. In conjunction, the band’s documentary, The Secret to a Happy Ending will be released on DVD the same day. The very next day, February 16th, the band will embark on the first leg of their Go-Go Boots tour. The tour includes two day stints in Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, California, and Denver Colorado.

Drive-By Truckers is currently on tour and plan to end the year with a show at Terminal 5 in New York, New York. For everyone who can’t make it to the show, it will be steaming on Sirius XM Outlaw Country (Sirius 63, XM 12) starting around 9:45 pm EST.


And for everyone who can’t wait for some Drive-By Truckers in their lives, the band is offering a free download of “Used to Be a Cop”.


 

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