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Nephelium: Dubai Death Metal

Published on December 14th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

When I was in Dubai a couple of years ago, I tried to gauge the state of the local rock scene.  I found a few bands, but the best I found was an extreme metal band ... Read More


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More Music from the Inbox

Published on December 13th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

While all the major releases of the season are in stores and online, there are still interesting tracks finding their way through the pipeline.  Some are one-offs while others are set-ups for 2012 releases.  

Here's a selection of material from the Music Submissions page that made it through the filters.  Good on Juliette Jagger for once again answering the call of duty.

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I Like This: Rustie

Published on December 12th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I’m not the biggest fan of electronica, but every once in a while something comes along that really gets my attention.  Rustie isn’t for everyone, but afficiandos tell me that I’m not wrong to feel the ... Read More


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Trent Reznor’s How to Destroy Angels Covers Bryan Ferry

Published on December 10th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

In addition to composing the original score of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with Atticus Ross, they, along with Trent's wife, Mariqueen, have covered "Is Your Love Strong Enough" for the soundtrack.  

How to Destroy Angels--the non-NIN band consisting of the three of them--had promised an album this year, but it looks like this is all we're going to get.

 It's available now if you buy the digital download.  If you want to wait until December 27, you can get the full CD set.

Here's the link to the song.  Good luck connecting, though.  I've had all kinds of problems, but perhaps you'll do better.

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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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