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How Questlove Threw NBC and Jimmy Fallon Under the Bus

Being the house band for a late-night talk show is a good gig:  steady employment, regular workdays, extra perks.  But there’s a certain trickiness to it, too. Take Questlove and The Roots, who help Jimmy Fallon with music.  Back on November 22 when Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachman was a guest, the band launched into [&hellip.. more

How Music Therapy Saved Gary Numan

I’m a big supporter of anyone who wants to try music therapy for whatever ails them.  Here’s another testament to the healing power of music from Gary Numan courtesy of The Telegraph: Numan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome a few years ago and also suffered from panic attacks during a “really bad mid-life crisis’ when [&hellip.. more

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 09 December 2011

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 y.. more

The Coming Battle Over In-Dash Infotainment Systems

When I started driving, my only wheels were my mom's 1973 Ford Pinto (Yes, I got into a rear-end accident once.  And no, I didn't explode along with the car.), the only entertainment it provided was a mechanical push-button AM radio .. more

You Kids and Your Torrents. Here’s What You Missed.

These shots of English record stores harken back to a completely different era–long before my time.  But because I’ve spent a very significant number of years browsing in record stores, these photos still turn me into a puddle of nostalgic goo. Yes, obtaining music is much easier and much cheaper than it was back in [&hellip.. more

I Like This: The Slants

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 name. Their third album is called Pageantry, the follow up to Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts.  The band and their [&hellip.. more

Yes, You Can Find Anything on eBay

Looking for a Christmas gift for the music fan on your list?  May I suggest trolling through eBay?   Here are a few examples of music-related things that have been offered up for auction over the years:  (1) Someone willing to part with the toenail clippings of Thom Yorke of Radiohead.  I seem to recall [&hellip.. more

The Rarest of All Nirvana Records

Let’s say you’re a hardcore Nirvana fan.  You have all the albums, all the singles, all the box sets, all the bootlegs.  But you want the ultimate, the Holy Grail for Nirvana junkies.  What would that be?  You’ll probably say “Well, one of the 1,000 copies of “Love Buzz” as issued by the Sub Pop [&hellip.. more

Musicians from 2011 Who Deserve a Second Look

[My column from today’s Metro newspapers.  -AC] There’s just too much music these days. No wonder that so much great stuff — a disturbing amount — slips through the cracks.  Here’s a list of artists and albums that you may have missed over the past 12 months. Cults/Cults:  A boy-girl band from Manhattan who went [&hellip.. more

More Hassles with the Zoo-TV Disc in the Expensive Achtung Baby Reissue

My spy tells me that things have not been going well for certain purchases of the uber-expensive edition of the Achtung Baby re-issue.  I quote: I called the number [to register concerns]  and they said they’d send another disc out. I was told I’d see it in about a week and now it’s been about [&hellip.. more

What Do You Get When You Cross Broken Social Scene with The Stills?

Answer: group called Eight and a Half. Justin Peroff of  Broken Social Scene is now working with Liam O’Neil and Dave Hamelin of the Stills full-time following the announcement of BBS’s hiatus and the demise of Stills after that Kings of Leon Tour.  A self-titled album will be out on February 7. Meanwhile, here are [&hellip.. more

Coldplay Announces 2012 North American Tour

You know you're doing well when you can sell tickets this far in advance.  Yes, all the gigs will sell out, which means the promoter can sit on a big pile of interest-bearing cash until it comes time to pay out. Hey, tha.. more

The Dead Milkmen Return

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 like “Bitchin’ Camaro,” “Takin’ Retards to the Zoo,” “Watching Scotty Die” and the immortal “Instant Club Hit (You’ll Dance [&hel.. more

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