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MICHAEL MCCARTHY’S BEST ALBUMS OF 2014: PART ONE: #45 – #30

45. UNWOMAN: CIRCLING I’ve heard Unwoman’s Circling categorized as steampunk music. I’m not sure I understand what that means, but I certainly know that the way she – her real name being Erica Mulkey – married her cello with vivid electronic soundscapes was as enchanting as anything this year. Add to that her...
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#albumoftheday / review: PAOLA IEZZI: I LOVE

Paola Iezzi is one half of the famous Italian sister duo Paola & Chiara, who are easily my all-time favorite duo, and who I would place in my top 5 if I made a list of my favorite artists. Suffice to say I’m entirely biased here. But I’m the publisher of this site,...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: iamamiwhoami:


Super synthy, semi dark, sugary sweet... One of iamamiwhoami's finest songs now has a video. And it's positively creepy. For those of you who aren't digging the Christmas music....
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VIDEO: ANGELUS APATRIDA – “End Man”


Spanish thrash... Not just for kids anymore! A must for Overkill fans. Well, we suspect most thrash fans would bang their heads to this one, but the vocals especially remind our resident mascot, Gas Monkey, of Overkill. One might also compare Angelus Apatrida to Suicidal...
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VIDEO: The Veronicas – “If You Love Someone”


The Veronicas' "If You Love Someone" is an upbeat, positive tune... But the video is even more positive with lots of affirmations like "be kind" along with drawing attention to causes like stopping the hunting of whales and issues like police brutality. We suppose some people will...
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  • NICOLE: FIRST ROMANCE
    NICOLE: FIRST ROMANCE Release Date:  11/20/14 Label:  CJ E&M Nicole, formerly of KARA, now signed with B2M Entertainment, makes her solo debut with this EP, First Romance. And what an EP it is! Nicole, formerly of KARA, now signed with B2M Entertainment, makes her solo debut with this EP, First Romance. And what an EP […]
  • 4TE: READY TO CONQUER THE WORLD OF J-POP
    4TE: READY TO CONQUER THE WORLD OF J-POP Release Date:  1/4/14 Label:  4TE 4TE are a non-Japanese J-Pop group who are ready to take the world by storm with their fantastic new double A-side MORE / 一歩ずつ. Not only do we have a review of the single, we are also quite pleased to bring you […]
  • SUNNY HILL: 지우다 [Here I Am]
    SUNNY HILL: 지우다 [Here I Am] Release Date:  11/27/14 Label:  LOEN TREE "Here I Am" will sweep you off your feet. Or make you swoon. Wow... "Here I Am" will sweep you off your feet. Or make you swoon. Or maybe you'll have an allergic reaction. But it will definitely have an effect on you. […]
  • U-KISS: SWEETIE
    U-KISS: SWEETIE Release Date:  12/17/14 Label:  avex "Sweetie" is U-KISS's 10th Japanese single, but Yes Asia indicates that they worked on it with their Korean creative team. "Sweetie" is U-KISS's 10th Japanese single, but Yes Asia indicates that they worked on it with their Korean creative team. (So, I suppose there will inevitably be a […]
  • CAPSULE: FEEL AGAIN
    CAPSULE: FEEL AGAIN Release Date:  2/18/15 Label:  Warner Music Japan "Feel Again" is the first digital single to be released from capsule's highly anticipated new album Wave Runner, which will be released on February 15th, 2015. "Feel Again" is the first digital single to be released from capsule's highly anticipated new album Wave Runner, which […]