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REVIEW: PLACEBO: B3

This 5 song E.P. was released digitally last November. It was also released physically, though the CD is a limited edition collector’s item. (I actually just saw the CD on Amazon for less $$ than the download, so I’d recommend grabbing that.) The Amazon product description states, “While not a reflection of the...
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NEWS ROUNDUP: 2/12/13

Hurts are giving away a free download of their smashing new song “Sandman” over at: http://www.informationhurts.com/gb/splash/ It’s quite the nice track, meshing their usual dark pop sensibility with something of an R&B beat. Michael Stipe and Courtney Love will be doing a duet on “Rio Grande” on Johnny Depp’s upcoming “pirate compilation.” It’s...
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NEWS: LADY GAGA CANCELS SHOWS

Lady Gaga has regretfully been forced to cancel two dates of her Born This Way Ball.  She posted the following message for fans on Facebook: “There’s an unfortunate announcement coming out right now, concerning myself and the Born This Way Ball. Im so sorry. I barely know what to say. I’ve been hiding...
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REVIEW: BLOOD RED SHOES: WATER

Last year Blood Red Shoes, the duo consisting of Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter, released one of the year’s very best albums in the form of In Time To Voices. Why they stopped promoting that and released a new 3 song E.P. is beyond me, but I’ll take all of the tunes from...
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PLAYLIST: BACK TO MINE: MICHAEL MCCARTHY (with commentary!)

PLAYLIST: BACK TO MINE: MICHAEL MCCARTHY There’s a series of chill-out mixes compiled by various artists called Back To Mine. (“Back to mine?” is what they say in England when someone asks someone to go back to their place, usually to have sex.) They’re basically mixes for, well, making love. I decided to...
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NEWS: BON JOVI REVEAL NEW ALBUM TRACKLIST

Bon Jovi’s What About Now is now available for pre-order on iTunes in both standard and deluxe editions. The iTunes deluxe edition is selling for $13.99.  For a few cents less you can order the actual deluxe edition CD on Amazon. You can also now buy the title track for $1.29 on iTunes....
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PLAYLIST: SUICIDE IS PAINLESS

by Michael McCarthy I’ve always required music to sleep. (Music and a loud fan or air conditioner.) When I was younger, I could listen to anything and drift off to sleep. Motley Crue? Absolutely. Iron Maiden? Sure. Seemed like anything could soothe my soul and whisk me away to dreamland. But, unfortunately, as...
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REVIEW: HAIM: FOREVER – EP

Haim is a group formed by sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim with drummer Dash Hutton. They formed the group in 2006 in Los Angeles, California, but they didn’t actually start releasing music until 2012, taking time to perfect their very distinct sound. From the opening of “Better Off,” which features the girls...
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PLAYLIST: JUST CALL ME JANUARY, BABY

by Michael McCarthy Each month I make a new playlist of the songs I fall in love with during that particular month. These are the songs I adored during January, 2013, listed in the order that I arranged the playlist. One thing you’ll notice about my playlists is that they’re full of songs...
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NEWS: THE POSTAL SERVICE REVEAL “NEW” SONG

At long last, a new song from The Postal Service. Well, it might not be a new song per say, but it’s one of the two previously unreleased tracks that will feature on the forthcoming reissue of their brilliant 2003 album Give Up. It’s called “A Tattered Line Of String” and Jenny Lewis...
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REVIEW: GABRIELLE APLIN: PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME

Gabrille Aplin is a British singer/songwriter hailing from Sutton Benger, Wiltshire who first rose to fame by posting acoustic covers of various songs on Youtube. Please Don’t Say You Love me is her fourth EP and her first for Parlophone Records. “Please don’t say you love me, ’cause I might not say it...
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2013 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye feat. Kimbra Album of the Year: Babel, Mumford & Sons Song of the Year: “We Are Young,” (Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost and Nate Reuss, songwriters (Fun. feat. Janelle Monae) Best New Artist: Fun. Best Pop Solo Performance: “Set Fire to...
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The Compilation Tape Commandments

Just When You Thought It Was As Simple As Pressing Record And Play by Michael McCarthy Illustration by Ans Purins Originally published in Lollipop magazine issue 44, Summer ’98. Make no mistake about it, the fine art of making a compilation tape is a surprisingly complex process that requires a bit of thought...
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