Posted by: on January 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm

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If stripped-down can still be stripped-down in 2008, Eagle and Talon are finding a way to tear it all apart. Kim and Alice (they share “Talon” as a surname; apparently no one is an eagle) do their damage in Los Angeles, where the guitar, casio, drums, and singing duo have been putting the claptrap back in femme pop since 2003. Not Read more

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Posted by: on January 30, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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Psychomania (Don Sharp, 1971)
Tom Latham (Nicky Henson) has an unhealthy obsession with death. He’s the leader of a motorcycle gang called “The Living Dead” who wear skull and crossbones on their helmets and nifty denim jackets. His fascination undoubtedly stems from his psychic mother (Beryl Reid) and the untimely death of his father years Read more

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Posted by: on January 30, 2008 at 11:00 am

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Wisely, Wisely (Oglio, 2008)

Willy Wisely’s been soldiering on for over a decade now, and in that duration of bands formed and broken up, solo records released and quietly appreciated, and who knows how many tours, he’s evolved into a mononamed singer-songwriter who kisses his Paul McCartney dreams with nice touches of California pop. You can hear it in Read more

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Posted by: on January 30, 2008 at 10:00 am

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You Don’t Mess With Zohan (Dennis Dugan, 2008)

Adam Sandler’s been flirting with the Mike Meyers portion of his career for awhile now, though he sort of did it out of order. Myers mined his ethnic heritage first — most famously in So I Married an Axe Murderer and bits and pieces of the Austin Read more

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Posted by: on January 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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Veruca Salt, “Seether” (Minty Fresh/DGC, 1994)

Man, that Brad Wood drum sound. The producer had already helmed Liz Phair’s celebrated debut Exile in Guyville when Veruca Salt and “Seether” came along to help blow open the lucrative second wave of alternative rock that followed the signing to DGC and subsequent popular explosion of Nirvana. His Read more

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Posted by: on January 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg/Las Parapluies de Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964, France)

In this French musical, not a line is spoken. Everything is sung in a kind of freeform melody that climbs along the notes of the Michel Legrand score. The music and “lyrics” have an organic feel to them like spontaneous jazz riffing. This is delightful, of course, and combines perfectly with the captivating visuals of Jacques Demy’s film to create a feast for Read more

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Posted by: on January 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm

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Commotion Records is the brainchild of Tracy McKnight, a highly regarded music supervisor (her imdb listing goes on for miles — Hotel Rwanda, Vacancy; even The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) who was inspired to launch Commotion’s Read more

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Posted by: on January 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm

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More Dan Deacon madness from his show at Scrummage University on January 27th with Benny Stoofy. Special thanks to Erika Rich for these amazing pics. Detour’s crack photog is fearless; she not only got up close and personal with Dan and his sweaty minions but it looks like she got within inches of some dude in a clown mask. Like we said. Fearless. Read more

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Posted by: on January 29, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend (XL, 2008)

The Internet levels the playing field for polite indie pop groups competing for blog blowjobs. But while groups no longer need to hail from a musical, cultural, or critical hub to gain gushing notice, it still helps immensely. Location, location, location: Vampire Weekend know this matters. The New York City quartet has its roots in Read more

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Posted by: on January 29, 2008 at 9:58 am

Electro-synth wizard Dan Deacon discusses his Ultimate Reality Tour and video, evil companies and his image all within the cramped confines of Scrummage University’s restroom. – 1/27/08 – Detroit, MI

[tags]Dan Deacon, Ultimate Reality Tour, Scrummage, Wham City, DIY Venues, Greyhound[/tags]

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