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Archive for December, 2016
 
 
 
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Christmas for Everyone

There are respectable entries to the Christmas canon that get some love from the general population. In 1963, A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector took from Leadbelly’s “On a Christmas Day” the distincti...
 
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The National, Jónsi Among Those on Oscar Shortlist

Names like The National, Jónsi, She & Him, and Flight of the Conchords‘ Bret McKenzie are some of dozens hoping to receive an Academy Award nomination for “Best Original Song”. The Academy Of Motion Pictur...

 
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MP3: The Kills – “Silent Night”

MP3: The Kills – Silent Night The Kills are showing their Christmas spirit with an acoustic rendition of “Silent Night”, recorded live with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music. A chord-less guitar progression guides...
 
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Video: Panda Bear – “You Can Count on Me”

Like Panda Bear? Great. Enjoy psychedelics? Even better, if you intend on watching this video. If Lennox's songs weren't already enough of a mind trip, Danny Perez turned in a music video for "You Can Count on Me" that seems de...

 
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Common – The Dreamer/The Believer (2011)

On his tenth studio album, nearly 20 years after he first hit the scene, Common is back with his best work since 2005’s Be. Some weak acting gigs and the abysmal Universal Mind Control in 2008 put Common out of most people’s mu...
 
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MP3: Acid House Kings – “(I’m In) A Chorus Line”

Swedish indie-pop group Acid House Kings released a new single, "(I'm In) A Chorus Line", to celebrate Christmas and the end of a busy year, which was particularly busy for group.

 
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Brian Wilson to Reunite with Beach Boys for 2012 Album, Tour

Over thirty years after he left, Brian Wilson will be re-joining The Beach Boys to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The new lineup – Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks – will kick off a ...
 
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Video: Arcade Fire – “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

Arcade Fire released the music video for “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”, in both a traditional version (above) and interactive form. The latter can be found here; viewers can enable their webcams, and cont...