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The Recommendation Project Part 12: Instrumentals

Published on September 30th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I'm a big fan of instrumentals.  Without lyrics to fall back on, the music has to bear all the weight of the composition.  What, in your opinion, are the best alt-rock instrumentals of all time?  

Better yet, do you know of an obscure alt-rock instrumental that everyone should really know about? (See my pick involving Isa and the Filthy Tongues.)

Here are the rules:

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Domino Records Launches App

Published on September 30th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Domino, one of the cooler indie labels on the planet at the moment, has launched its own app.   It promises us “access to stream music from our entire catalogue and to immerse yourselves in the ... Read More


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New App: Band of the Day

Published on September 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Band of the Day, a free app from 955 Dreams promises a new band delivered to your device every day. Could be interesting. What have we got to lose... Read More


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I Like This: Thom Yorke

Published on September 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Remember when Radiohead would disappear for years with nary a trace?  Now they seem to be everywhere:  SNL, The Colbert Report and Thom Yorke’s various guest appearances. Check out this track called “The Twist,” which features ... Read More


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I Like This: New Look

Published on September 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Here’s a new duo from Hamilton who just might find success in the UK before anywhere else.  The people at The Guardian seem to really like them a lot.  Start with this track called “Nap on ... Read More


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Music from the Inbox: Some Recommendations

Published on September 27th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Yes, I've been remiss in getting through all the stuff you've been sending me.

But the volume is such that I've had to enlist some people to help me sort through everything.  

Here's what made it through that double filter of "Listening to bad music so you don't have to."

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I Like This: Corduroi

Published on September 25th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

If you think that MGMT didn’t go weird enough with their last album or you believe Fleet Foxes should eat more mushrooms, then maybe you need a little Corduroi. This track is from their new album, ... Read More


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I Like This: The Hush Now

Published on September 25th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Cool dream pop from Boston that might make you think of Guided By Voices mixed with Arcade Fire. Learn more about The Hush Now here. Arkansas by thehushnow. Uploaded with BandPage by RootMusic... Read More


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The Recommendation Project Part 11: A Tribute to Nirvana

Published on September 23rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Twenty years ago this week, Nirvana released Nevermind.  Exactly 46,251 copies were released to record stores, which was considered optimistic at best.  The hope was the record would sell between 100,000 and 200,000 units, pushing it into Sonic Youth territory.  It didn't quite work out that way.

Nevermind was the record that brought the underground to the mainstream and rock hasn't been the same since.

With that in mind, let's put together a playlist of covers of Nevermind songs.  I've started things off with a crazy version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from Los Straitjackets.  What else can you find?

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Got Time? Then Listen to the Flaming Lips’ New 6-Hour Song

Published on September 23rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

A couple of weeks ago, Wayne Coyne and the boys made fans an offer:  give us some money and we'll include your name in an epic composition--a musical toteboard, if you will.

Well, it's done.  The song is called "I Found This Star On the Ground" and it runs exactly six hours.  You can listen through the Soundcloud links (found after the jump) or you can fight to be one of just eleven owners of the physical box set which comes with a stoner toy called a "Strobo Trip."

Here's what Wayne told Rolling Stone:  

“I mean, I don’t know if you could play with it for six hours, but it’s kind of meant so that kids can like, take LSD and play with it. You know, that’s kind of our intention, so that people buy it at like a festival, and then go back to their parents’ and take some acid and play with it all night. So it’s a song you can play while you’re sitting at your computer, you plug it in and it plays all night.”

Don't you wish Wayne was your dad?

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I Like This: Beak>

Published on September 19th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Beak> (yes, that’s how you spell it) is the Portishead side project of Geoff Barrow.  He’s obviously a Pink Floyd fan. This version of “Welcome to the Machine” appears on Return to the Dark Side of ... Read More


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I Like This: Stand By For Adverts

Published on September 19th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I found this weird little record at Soundscapes in Toronto.  It’s nothing but a collection of old commercials for companies like Esso, BOAC, washing machines and bleach.   I’m not sure what you can do with ... Read More


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