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Have Not Been the Same Tribute Album

Published on December 10th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

One of the most important books written about Canadian music over the last quarter-century is Have Not Been the Same, a chronicle of the rise of Canadian indie rock between 1985 and 1995.  If you’re a ... Read More


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This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 09 December 2011

Published on December 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

As the year runs out, the number of new releases has slowed to a trickle.  This has given me time to go back over 2011 to see if there's anything that I missed.  Naturally, with so much music coming at us eleven months of the year, a lot of great stuff inevitably slips through the cracks.

With that in mind, this week's Top 11 playlist encompasses tracks dating back to almost the beginning of the year.  Maybe you'll find something you'll really like.  Just click on the player on the right.  Thanks, as always, to Mediazoic for the help.

And one more thing:  I'm relocating to the Caribbean Command Centre for the next seven days, so I'm going to leave this week's Recommendation Project open for suggestions on the best tracks of 2011. Please feel free to contribute, but keep it to one song per artist/album, okay?

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I Like This: The Slants

Published on December 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Yes, the name is controversial, but that doesn’t bother this Portland-based group of Asian-Americans.  Then again, the chances of them getting any mainstream radio/video exposure is about equal to NWA if they were to unabbreviate their ... Read More


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I Like This: The Phenomenal Handclap Band

Published on December 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

They look like they dress themselves from clothes they find in the donation bin in the parking lot of the local garage, but I like their sound.  

The new album, Form & Control, will be out February 14. Watch their new video, "The Unknown Face at Father James Park" after the jump.

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The Dead Milkmen Return

Published on December 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Back in the 80s, whenever the burgeoning alt-rock scene threatened to get too full of itself, we could always turn to Philadelphia’s Dead Milkmen to let the air out of the tires. They cranked out classics ... Read More


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I Like This: Creep

Published on December 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Ooo.  Appropriately, er, creepy.  Anyone feel an early Sinead O’Connor vibe? Like Lion and the Cobra-ish? CREEP – Animals (feat Holly Miranda) from OFFICIAL CREEP on Vimeo... Read More


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More Music from the Inbox

Published on December 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

One of the most pleasant things about running this website is the chance to listen to all kinds of new and interesting music.  Everything is heard; not everything makes the cut.  But then that's why you come here, right?  

Here's what made it through the filters this time.  Thanks to Juliette Jagger for the help sorting things out.

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The BBC Releases Their Long List of Hopefuls for 2012

Published on December 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Around this time every year, the Beeb releases the BBC Sound of 20XX Longlist, their picks of the artists that they believe will break out in the next twelve months.  

The list then is whittled down to five through polling of various music journalists and tastemakers.  One act is named the winner.

I look forward to this list every year because it always features acts I've never heard of.  I'll admit that I'm completely clueless about half of this year's nominees.  That's fine.  It gives me something to do over Christmas.

Here's the BBC Sound of 2012 Longlist:

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