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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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REVIEW: AZURE RAY: AS ABOVE SO BELOW

When Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink, otherwise known as Azure Ray, reunited in 2009 and set to work making their fourth album, Drawing Down the Moon, they used their very first album as a blueprint. “That approach facilitated Orenda (Fink) and I bringing our sound together stylistically and emotionally after working so many...
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REVIEW: EMMY ROSSUM: SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

Forget Rod Stewart, *this* is how you do the American songbook. With 12 standards from the ’20’s through the ’60’s — each loosely representing a month of the year — Emmy marches through each of these precious classics with military-like precision and every bit of the wide-range of emotion she displays during each...
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REVIEW: HELLOWEEN: STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL

It seems like just yesterday I was buying Helloween’s brilliant Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 1 on vinyl. But the fact of the matter is that two decades have past. Literally. And this, my friends, is Helloween’s 14th album. Boy does that make me feel old. It also makes me want to...
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REVIEW: MC JIN: BRAND NEW ME

MC Jin, a Chinese American rapper and songwriter, was born Jin Au-Yeung in Miami Florida. After spending years living in New York, he decided to move to Hong Kong, where he learned to speak Cantonese, though he eventually decided to move back to New York during the summer of 2012. From 2002 through...
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REVIEW: SKY FERREIRA: GHOST

Just a couple of years ago Sky was supposed to become an overnight sensation with her song “Obsession” appearing on everything from The Vampire Diaries soundtrack to one of those infamous NOW CDs. But the song’s failure to make much of an impression on anyone was likely a source of amusement for Sky,...
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