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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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Friday, Dec 17, 2010

Tapes ‘n Tapes debuted the new video for their single, “Freak Out”, this week. It is the first video from their forthcoming new album, OUTSIDE, out 1/11/11 on their own ibid records. The band is also gearing up for a 2011 American tour, which kicks off 1/28 in Madison, Wisconsin. See complete dates after the jump.



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Friday, Dec 17, 2010

LCD Soundsystem stopped by the KCRW studio recently in the middle of their “last big tour forever,” according to founder James Murphy.  Everything sounds so fresh and accessible live, without the attention to minutia that exists in the studio of a music producer.  Keyboards sound like they’re actually being played, not programmed, and lyrics are strung out or cut off with each breath. The band starts with the plaintive chords of “All I Want” and plowed through “I Can Change,” “Drunk Girls” and “Pow Pow” from the latest release, This Is Happening, before an interview.


The easy conversation covers everything from growing up to Murphy’s early days in New York City, when indie rock felt like being plunked back in high school.  There is discussion about scoring the movie Greenberg and how creating a film score is so different than crafting tunes. He describes why the songs from This Is Happening are “weirder” to play live and how a record is like a “communication device.”  It’s a good reason to believe this certainly isn’t the last we’ve heard from the man, just maybe songs under this moniker.  The session ends with the party invitation of “All My Friends” off 2007’s Sound of Silver.


[Listen to session]


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