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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: THANATOS: GLOBAL PURIFICATION

Thanatos is the daemon — not demon — personification of death and was a minor character in Greek mythology. Thanatos is also a dutch metal band celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, though the band had broken up in 1992 and wasn’t launched again until 1999. Global Purification is their sixth full-length album;...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: FLYLEAF: BETWEEN THE STARS

Of all of the female-fronted metal bands to emerge following the success of Evanescence, Flyleaf has always been my favorite. In fact, I’ve thought that they were better than Evanescence for quite awhile now and they only serve to prove me right, once again, with their brand new album Between the Stars, which...
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NEWS: RECORD STORE DAY’S “BLACK FRIDAY” IS THIS WEEK, NOVEMBER 28th

PRESS RELEASE WARNER BROS. RECORDS AND AFFILIATED LABELS ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE VINYL RELEASES FROM NEIL YOUNG, GREEN DAY, FLAMING LIPS, MASTODON, JENNY LEWIS, CONOR OBERST, ECHOSMITH, AND WILCO Nov 24, 2014 - (Burbank, CA) – Record Store Day‘s “Black Friday”is final here! This Friday, November 28th, celebrates the culture of independent records stores around...
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VIDEO: Belle and Sebastian – “The Party Line”


Why yes, the rumors are true... Bell and Sebastian have gone disco! Oh, the horror! Actually, it's a glorious tune. From the funky bass guitar to the invigorating percussion and the flourishes of radiant synth, everything about this song is perfect. We're not sure...
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  • MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA
    MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA Release Date:  10/29/14 Label:  publisher code: XQMN Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama." (OK, so it was actually released a month ago, but you get the idea.) Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama" (that's how she writes it). Which […]
  • MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU
    MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU Release Date:  11/26/14 Label:  Village Again Miki Kozono delivers a wonderful double A-side, "My Love Song" and "Snow With You," the later obviously being a Christmas song. I couldn't find a Wiki page or a GenAsia page or anything about Miki Kozono, but I'm really digging […]
  • AMBER AN: WITH YOU
    AMBER AN: WITH YOU Release Date:  9/26/14 Label:  Wonderful Music Her new album opens with "哈囉" (translation: "Hello"), a song so soft and delicate, it's like the audio equivalent of a butterfly. A butterfly emerging from a cocoon, saying "hello" to the world. So beautiful and awe-inspiring. My favorite foreign language to listen to music […]
  • CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール
    CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール Release Date:  2014 Label:  Ki/oon Records Three delightful new songs by Chara. Each was released as a digital single. I'm honestly not sure if they've been compiled as an EP now, which is what I thought when I wrote the review, or if they were just released separately. Regardless, they're […]
  • KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY
    KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY Release Date:  10/22/14 Label:  Victor Entertainment Today is a New Day is Kaela Kimura's second single since signing with Victor Entertainment and this year is the 15th anniversary of her career... So, you'd have to expect something special here, right? I know my expectations were high. And I […]