Monthly Archives: December 2006

¡Forward, Russia!

Well, it’s the last day of 2006. I figured I would wrap it up with a band who have had quite a successful year: ¡Forward, Russia!. They were involved in the 2006 NME New Music Tour last May, which also … Continue reading

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Sally Shapiro lives up to the hype; James Iha's hidden gem

The word “flawless” is hardly a loose term. Straightforwardly, it is something without any errors or faults whatsoever. I have yet to find an entire album that would fit this description, though I discover individual songs occasionally that really seem … Continue reading

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The Dark Romantics

Sitcom writers should pay attention to the story of The Dark Romantics. Eric Collins and Dean Paul are the head songwriters and good friends. Both also happen to be married… to two sisters! The duo enlisted the help of their … Continue reading

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International Sad Hits, Vol. 1: Altaic Language Group

I picked up an extremely interesting compilation the other day. Titled International Sad Hits, Vol. 1: Altaic Language Group, it collects several notable songs from four prominent Asian songwriters. The lineup features Fikret Kizilok (Turkey), Kim Doo Soo (Korea), and … Continue reading

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When Paul Weller wanted more style…

I find it shocking how so many fans of The Jam (and Paul Weller) have never even heard a song from The Style Council. Alright, alright, I’ll admit that their last few albums were a bit shameful, but their first … Continue reading

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!!! prepares new album; James Brown dies at 73

It’s bittersweet for me to say that I have already heard several albums being released in 2007 that I find more enjoyable than the majority of my favorites for this year. An optimist would say that it just means 2007 … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas…

It seems rather traditional to do a Christmas compilation, so I don’t like to be one who breaks the tradition. Usually, when people think of quality Christmas music they think back to the days of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin … Continue reading

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