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I Like This: Idles

August 12th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Never heard of these guys before Shawn pointed out this track called “Meydei” from the band’s Welcome EP.  Learn more


Peter Gabriel’s So Reissue Coming as an 8 Disc Box Set

August 12th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

A single CD expanded to an 8-disc box set? Impossible for most artists--but Peter Gabriel isn't like most people. When he decided to release a 25th anniversary edition of So, he wanted to do it up right.

Here's what we'll get for $147 USD on October 23.

  • Disc 1:  Remastered edition of  So.
  • Discs 2 and 3: Re-edited Live in Athens 1987, which appears to be another version of the concert film PoV, which was produced by Martin Scorcese.
  • Disc 4:  So DNA,  described as “a unique insight into the writing and recording of So, experienced via a track-by-track evolutionary process leading you from the early moments when rhythms, melodies and lyrical ideas were discovered through the various stages of song development and recording.”


The Recommendation Project Part 33: What Should Be a Deaf Man’s First Music?

August 12th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The NME reports on Austin Chapman, a man who has been very, very deaf since the day he was born. A hearing aid helped a little but delivered music in a fuzzy and unsatisfied form.  He never had a chance to experience the full emotional power of music.

Recently, though, he was fitted with a new hearing device--and suddenly, things sound much, much better. Including music.

This inspired a blog post asking people to recommend to him "the most beautiful songs" so he might get caught up in the wonder of music for the very first time.

When Mozart's Lacrimosa came on, I was blown away by the beauty of it. At one point of the song, it sounded like angels singing and I suddenly realized that this was the first time I was able to appreciate music. Tears rolled down my face and I tried to hide it. But when I looked over I saw that there wasn't a dry eye in the car.

I finally understood the power of music.


Insane Clown Posse Sues the FBI

August 12th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

You read that right.  ICP is going after the feds in the courts.  J. Edgar must be spinning in his grave.

This all relates to last fall's FBI declaration that the Juggalo nation was a "hybrid gang," a threat similar to the Crips and Bloods.  That followed four states--Pennsylvania, Utah, Arizona and California--officially classifying Juggalos as a gang.

ICP is not taking this lightly.  Here's the press release:

INSANE CLOWN POSSE AND PSYCHOPATHIC RECORDS RETAIN LEGAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE AND PURSUE LEGAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL GANG INTELLIGENCE CENTER'S 2011 NATIONAL GANG THREAT ASSESSMENT

Musical Group to Spearhead Campaign to Defend the Rights of its Fan Base the Juggalos


I Like This: Camera

August 12th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Camera is a three-piece from Berlin who have obviously been studying krautrack masters like Neu! and Can. There might be


10 Covers You Didn’t Know Were Covers

August 11th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

[Another useful list by resident listmeister Brent Chittenden. - AC]

Despite the fact that I spend a majority of my writing time reviewing and seeking out new music by new artists, I must admit, I love a good cover song. An artist you wouldn’t expect covering another artist like The Revolting Cock’s cover of “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” for example.

But what I also find intriguing are covers that the general public don’t realise are covers. Below is our list of Top Ten Covers You May Not Have Known Were Covers!

10) Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Original: Richard Hazard / Cover: Cyndi Lauper)


Alexisonfire Announces Reunion Tour and Box Set

August 11th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Yes, they're finished as a unit--but before they go, AoF wants to go out with a big farewell tour.  Hell, after all they've accomplished in their ten years together, it's the right thing to do.  Here's what George Petit says:

Now that the dust has settled, and everyone has gone down their separate paths, I think it's important to get proper closure on 10 years and share it with the our fans. After this we can leave Alexis in our rear view and remember it fondly, not as something we had to escape.

There's also the matter of a vinayl box set which will include LPs of every studio album along with out-of-print 7-inch EPs llke Math Sheet Demos, Crisis b-sides, Insulation Tapes and BBC Sessions. The box set will also feature a photo booklet and other exclusive items.  More information coming soon.

Here are the tour dates:


This Week’s Top 11 Playlist – 10 August 2012

August 10th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I just got back from Seoul this morning and my body and soul are trying to sort out the 13 hour time difference.  They're having and ugly time with it (hence the sporadic postings today).  

Still, the Web never sleeps.  It demands a new Top 11 list--so here it is.  Listen below or anytime using the Mediazoic player in the right-hand column.  A full playlist is available after the jump.



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