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REVIEW: DAVID LYNCH: THE BIG DREAM

David Lynch’s 2011 debut, Crazy Clown Time, was a vocoder-hater’s worst nightmare.  And it wasn’t for people who weren’t into meditation either.  But for any fans of Lynch’s films who’ve ever wondered what the melodies and monologues inside of his head actually sounded like, it was a fascinating listen, even if it was something they...
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#albumoftheday DIANA VICKERS: MUSIC TO MAKE BOYS CRY

If you love synthy, ’80’s-inspired pop with sleek beats and beautiful electro-touches then you’re sure to immediately fall in love with Diana Vickers’ new album, Music To Make Boys Cry, her sophomore effort and first for the label So Recordings. Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than this. These 10 songs are sure...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: BUTCH WALKER: PEACHTREE BATTLE

I caught Butch Walker live at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the 11th of this month. It was my fourth time seeing him and he was, in a word, brilliant. Which came as no surprise. He’s been impressing me with his knack for super emotive songwriting ever since he was in a...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: BRITNEY SPEARS: “WORK B**CH”

At some point this morning or early this afternoon a little song called “Work B**ch,” which I will now refer to as “Work Bitch,” leaked…  And it immediately went viral, this after an awful lot of people posted fake versions of the song online all weekend… Of course, people had been saying that...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: BOA: “TAIL OF HOPE” (ENGLISH VERSION)

Those of you who read my Asian music reviews on Otaku may remember that I reviewed K-Pop star BoA’s latest Japanese-language single “Tail of Hope” not too long ago. If not, you can find my cheerful review here: http://otaku.collectiondx.com/musicreview/boa-tail-hope I basically declared it sonic bliss. Well, today an English language version of “Tail...
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CUT COPY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

Cut Copy posted the following on Facebook Tuesday afternoon: We are very pleased to announce our new album Free Your Mind, releasing Nov 2 (Aus) / Nov 4 (UK/EU) / Nov 5 (Americas)! Pre orders are available now and come with an instant download of our title track “Free Your Mind” – get...
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#albumoftheday BLOC PARTY: THE NEXTWAVE SESSIONS

There was a time when I thought Bloc Party could do no wrong. Their first two albums — Silent Alarm (2005) and A Weekend In The City (2007) — were brilliant in my opinion. And, considering the critical acclaim and awards they received, it would seem the world agreed. The B-sides from those...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: LAURA PAUSINI & KYLIE MINOGUE: LIMPIDO

“Limpido” — that’s Italian for “clear” — is an amazing new duet by Laura Pausini and Kylie Minogue, which they’ve recorded for Laura’s upcoming Greatest Hits collection. It was just released today on September 10th, 2013. It begins with an enormously punchy beat and faint, fluttering synth, and then Laura sings a verse...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: MEITAL DOHAN: “GIVE US BACK LOVE”

Meital Dohan is sure to go viral in the not so distant future. And not just because her forthcoming video for her new single “Give Us Back Love” is incredibly raunchy (and fun). No, Meital is sure to get people’s attention for the simple fact that “Give Us Back Love” is one of...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: METALS: “THAT AIN’T REAL LOVE”

Metals are a duo formed in Melbourne consisting of producer/DJs Chris Coe and Ehsan Gelsi.  They recently completed a summer UK tour with gigs throughout the country, including Nottingham, Coventry and London.  Oh, and they also played a little festival called Glastonbury — maybe you’ve heard of it? Metals’ new single, “That Ain’t Real Love,” is...
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#albumoftheday GOLDFRAPP: TALES OF US

NOTE: The videos posted with this review are NOT safe for work. We repeat, NSFW. Goldfrapp’s 2010 album Head First found them doing retro synth pop and it was a catchy delight, but I’ve always preferred their more organic records, namely their 2000 debut, Felt Mountain, and 2008’s Seventh Tree.  I’m pleased to...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: VIRGINIA LABUAT: CLASSY & CLASSIC

Back in April I reviewed Spanish singer/songwriter Virginia Labuat’s English-language debut, Night & Day, and the review couldn’t have been more positive. Sometimes when I read reviews I’ve written some months later, I’ll find myself thinking that I poured it on a bit too thickly, that I perhaps gave too much praise, thus...
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