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Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010

Upon listening to former Czars-frontman John Grant’s first solo record, Queen of Denmark, one feels the kind of awe usually reserved for rock heroes of old. It is, quite simply, one of the great records of 2010. Mojo magazine gave the album its seldom-bestowed five-star, “instant classic” rating, and influential LA blog Aquarium Drunkard called it “a new cult classic”.


Earlier this year, Grant opened for Queen of Denmark producers and backing-band Midlake, turning audiences across the country on to his special brand of heart-bearing indie songcraft. Now he’s headlining his own US tour this December, starting 12/4 in Chicago (complete tour dates after the jump). These shows are not to be missed.



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Thursday, Oct 28, 2010

With Election Day coming, some people bemoan the fact that all candidates are too much alike. Whether one is a liberal Democrat with socialist leanings or Tea Party Republican with libertarian tendencies, chances who you vote for will be somewhat sane. That wasn’t always the case—at least in England, where voters had a real choice. Look at this footage of campaigner Screaming Lord Sutch, who paraded his lunacy as a weapon. While many people preach the importance of diversity, where is the true voice of neurodiversity? It lives in the past, but should be remembered and honored. All hail the bipolar, manic depressives, autistic, voice hearing, multiple personalities that have always brought the human race forward. We need crazy, as the sane world we live in promises to normalize us to death.


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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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