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Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010

After five years of non-stop work, the boys of Tapes ‘n Tapes decided it was time for some fun. They re-launched their label, idid records, headed back to their hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota and spent two weeks recording the album they have always wanted to make. The result was Outside, and album filled with 12 tracks exemplifying the fun Tapes ‘n Tapes was searching for.

Outside will be released on January 11, 2011, with the band heading out on tour soon after. Tickets go on sale October 29. To keep fans satiated in the meantime, Tapes ‘n Tapes has released a new track, “Freak Out”.



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Friday, Oct 22, 2010
This is a look at likely contenders for the Song of the Year, which is a composer/songwriter’s award.

The nominees for the 2011 Grammys won’t be announced until December 1st, on a glitzy CBS TV special similar to last year’s event. However, industry insiders and general music fans are buzzing about a rumored “entry list” that was leaked to a public website.


Before a song can be nominated, the record label behind it has to submit it to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for consideration. Therefore, the submission list that was posted online has to contain the year’s nominees.


This is a look at likely contenders for the Song of the Year, which is a composer/songwriter’s award. While we can safely assume that submissions like Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t Be Tamed” and Ludacris featuring Nicki Minaj’s “My Chick Bad” are a long shot, remember last year’s winner was Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”.


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Thursday, Oct 21, 2010
The Tucson Film & Music Festival offered an impressive variety of short and feature-length selections.

I had the pleasure to participate in the 6th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival, which wrapped up last week. The festival program offered an impressive variety of short and feature-length selections, including several state, regional, and world premieres.


As the festival name suggests, many of these works blended film and music. Among the more lyrical documentaries were Nicholas Kleczewski’s On a Carousel of Sound, We Go Round, about the touring and recording experiences of band The Snake the Cross the Crown, and Gianfranco Firriolo’s La faccia della terra (The Face of the Earth), which features Italian musician Vinicio Capossela and Calexico.


On a Carousel of Sound, We Go Round:


La faccia della terra (The Face of the Earth):



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Thursday, Oct 21, 2010

Twin Shadow has been garnering considerable attention in the press for his ‘80s New Wave-inspired sound. In anticipation of his full-length debut—Forget, out November 15 via Terrible Records (US) and 4AD (ROW)—he recently began a tour of the US, UK, and France.


Check out his Calvin Klein circa 1995-inspired video for “Slow”, below. Complete tour dates after the jump.



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Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010

UK downtempo-act Bonobo is back on the scene with a cross-continental tour of the U.S. and Canada this fall, in support of his Black Sands LP. He is joined by Andreya Triana, whose debut full-length, Lost Where I Belong, hit stores last September. Tour dates after the jump.



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