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New Releases This Week: 06 December 2011

This is pretty much it for any meaningful releases for 2011.  With the music industry basically shut down between December 15 and January 15, no one is going to spend much time working new records to radio and the video channels.   .. more

The Euro Crisis Has Metallica (And Others) Worried

If you're at a certain level of international success, you have to become something of a foreign currency expert.  One of the great challenges of U2's 360 Tour was figuring out how to break even in dollars, pounds, euros,.. more

The Wife Says: Chewbacca on Glee? WTF?

Remember the first season of Glee? Nerds dodging slushies, dealing with bullies.     Celebrating their outsider status. TV has always been good at this from My So-Called Life.. more

Shortest. Break-up. Ever. Ministry’s Back.

Well, maybe it's not really the shortest break-up ever, but it's good to see Al back in the saddle.  No Paul Barker, though, so there will be those who quibble at the authenticity of this reunion. A new album entitled Relapse will be out March 3.  Watch it all come together here. .. more

How Dancing Inmates Inspired a New Web Series

Remember this?  It’s been viewed 50 million times. I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that someone would take this and turn it into something more.  A new series called Prison Dancer is now in production in Toronto.  The twelve episode series is described as a mash-up of Broadway musicals and, er, the dancing [&hellip.. more

Why The Slow CD Rip?

As I was ripping more CDs last night, an old question popped up:  why do older CDs--i.e. those released before about 2000--seem to rip faster than newer ones? My computer had no trouble ingesting a pile of older discs from the.. more

Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant

That’s the title of a new song by Diamond Rings, a band made up of members of The Black Lips, Deer Tick, Los Lobos, Dead Confederate and Six Finger Satellite.  Enjoy.. more

More Music from the Inbox

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?   He.. more

Most Honest Musician Ad Ever

I was tipped off to this posting on Craigslist Toronto.  Brilliant. To all your morons trying to find bandmates with a few sparsely descriptive lines of text: SMARTEN THE FUCK UP. .. more

Stream Some Cure from their Bestival Appearance

The full concert–a double CD as well as the obligatory download–will be available tomorrow.  Either way, you get 32 Cure tracks including all the big ones like “The Lovecats,” “Lullaby” and “Just Like Heaven.”  Proceeds from the album will go to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. Stream “Boys Don’t Cry” here. .. more

Tubalr: Making Listening to Music on YouTube Easier

YouTube is by far the most-used website for searching and (hopefully) discovering music.   Google has tried to make creating a playlist easy, but they’ve still got some work to do. That’s why Tubalar can be so useful. The interfact is uber-simple.  Just enter the name of an artist and go.    .. more

A Riot Grrl Documentary

The Riot Grrl movement–a short-lived genre that emerged from the US Pacific Northwest at around the same time as grunge–didn’t last long, but it provided an important antidote to male-dominated rock.   In 2006, Kerri Kotch released a documentary called Don’t Need You:  The Herstory of Riot Grrrl.  I recently found a reference to it [&hellip.. more

How to Discover Indie Bands from the Middle East

The indie rock aesthetic is hardly confined to the West.  As long as there is access to electricity, you’ll find indie bands just about anywhere in the world. Sawt is a way to find out what’s going on with the Arabic indie music scene.  It’s a pretty simple app, but it gets the job done. [&hellip.. more

The Wife Says: Madonna Triggers My Mean Girl

Madonna will star in the Super Bowl halftime show. The Hollywood Reporter helpfully notes that counting Madge, since the infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2004, the average age of the half-time performers is 54.8 yea.. more

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