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More Music from the Inbox

February 20th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Even though this Monday is a holiday through most of the country and across the US, it's still a Monday. Why not start the week with some new tunes?

Many people submit music to this site for evaluation.  Only a few make it through the two-stage filter process.  It's a redundant system that makes sure we listen to all the bad music so you don't have to. The final filter this time is Juliette Jagger

There's some really good stuff here.  Scroll down for my favourite, which is from Powersolo.  They sing about love and staple guns.  Really. 

Win Your Own Theme Song

February 20th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Bill Ryder-Jones was the guitarist with The Coral, a British group of some renown.  Having grown bored with just writing

First the Grammys, Now the Brit Awards

February 20th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The Brit Awards, the UK's answer to the Grammys and the Junos, is set for tomorrow night.  Here's a fast preview with some predictions and opinions.  (And props for MuchMusic for running the show on a same-day tape delay.)


British Male Solo Artist
  • Ed Sheeran
  • James Blake
  • James Morrison
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • Professor Green

Tough category, but I'll go with Ed Sheeran.


British Female Solo Artist 

  • Adele
  • Florence & the Machine
  • Jessie J
  • Kate Bush
  • Laura Marling

 Well, duh.  Adele.

Sleigh Bells Is Hot. So Why Is Rock Radio Ignoring Them?

February 19th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Here's another example where traditional radio may not be doing their job in area of music discovery.

One of the most anticipated indie releases of the young year is Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells, the two-piece noise pop band based out of Brooklyn.  

They were an immediate hit in some corners of the music world after they of the release of their Treats album in the spring of 2010, which sold 149,000 copies in its first week.  

More Music from the Inbox

February 18th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I spent an awful lot of time on airplanes this past week, including 45 minutes in a stuffy turboprop on a taxiway in Philadelphia waiting out a ground stop at the always hideous La Guardia in NYC.  

This cut a little into in my listening time this week, which is why I'm grate for guys like Brent Chittenden for picking up the slack.

Here's more stuff that made it through the filters this week.

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