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French Animators, Kanye West and Knee-jerk Reactions: Why “All Of The Lights” Is Not A Case Of Plagiarism

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April 7, 2011
French Animators, Kanye West and Knee-jerk Reactions: Why “All Of The Lights” Is Not A Case Of Plagiarism

When the video for Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights” hit the Internet it was almost guaranteed to cause controversy. The man never fails to achieve at least some outcry in everything he does. Within moments of it’s release, bloggers were at their keyboards claiming foul play on the part of the video’s director...
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Colin Hay’s ‘Gathering Mercury’: A Review

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April 5, 2011
Colin Hay’s ‘Gathering Mercury’: A Review

The new release from Colin Hay of Men At Work fame, ‘Gathering Mercury’, kicks off with ”Send Somebody”. It’s a really good start and a fine example of Colin Hay on the lighter side. It’s also a great sounding song! “Family Man” starts out mellow with a more rock sound further into the song. “Invisible”...
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‘Here We Go Again’: Live Ray Charles Tribute from Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, and Norah Jones

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April 1, 2011
‘Here We Go Again’: Live Ray Charles Tribute from Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, and Norah Jones

The Ray Charles tribute ‘Here We Go Again’, recorded live from two dates at the Lincoln Center in New York City, shows three great musicians, Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, and Norah Jones, really shining. It features shimmering recordings with excellent horn arrangements. The previous collaboration ‘Two Men With The Blues’ must of brought this idea...
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Sum 41 Releases ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’: A Review

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March 29, 2011
Sum 41 Releases ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’: A Review

Canada’s Sum 41 releases ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’. The band’s new release starts out with “Reason to Believe”. It has crunchy guitars, booming drums, and a pop piano ending. These songs show a more mature and seasoned Sum 41. The title track “Screaming Bloody Murder” starts out slow to get to a business as usual...
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Radiohead Releases the Electronic ‘The King of Limbs’ March 29th, 2011

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March 27, 2011
Radiohead Releases the Electronic ‘The King of Limbs’ March 29th, 2011

Radiohead’s new release ‘The King of Limbs’ starts out with the dreamy, yet monotonous, “Bloom” featuring ambient vocals. This mostly instrumental improves in the second half of the recording. “Morning Mr. Magpie” has got the bass and beat thing going here big time and heavy handed it is indeed. “Little By Little” is a...
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Green Day Releases ‘Awesome As F#%!’: A Review

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March 23, 2011
Green Day Releases ‘Awesome As F#%!’: A Review

Punk Rockers Green Day chose to comprise ‘Awesome As F#%!’ of performances from all over the world instead of just one or a few concerts. From East Bay, California, they have established themselves as a major presence on the music scene. Starting things off is “21st Century Breakdown” (London, England), and it shows the...
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Panic! at the Disco Releases ‘Vices And Virtues’: A Review

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March 21, 2011
Panic! at the Disco Releases ‘Vices And Virtues’: A Review

Panic! at the Disco’s newest release ’Vices & Virtues’, to be released March 22nd, shows no ill effects from the band being reduced to a duo. Formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, Panic! at the Disco has evolved quite a bit, with a more old school influence showing on these songs. “Trade Mistakes” starts things off...
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Lady GaGa’s New ‘Born This Way’ Remix EP: A Review

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March 18, 2011
Lady GaGa’s New ‘Born This Way’ Remix EP: A Review

Lady GaGa’s new song “Born This Way” as a single is okay, but I was curious as to what it would sound like tweaked, hopefully better than the original. The answer to my question is found on the Remix EP ‘Born This Way’. Included is the standard version, but the real intrigue is in...
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Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers — ‘Rare Bird Alert’: A Review

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March 15, 2011
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers — ‘Rare Bird Alert’: A Review

Stand-up comic, actor, and bluegrass banjo musician Steve Martin returns with his second bluegrass recording, working with North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers. Steve has been using a banjo in his act for years. This recording is a fine example of how good he can play. Starting out with the title track “Rare Bird Alert” the...
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Rise Against Releases ‘Endgame’ March 15th, 2011: A Review

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March 14, 2011
Rise Against Releases ‘Endgame’ March 15th, 2011: A Review

Rise Against, the Punk Rock band from Chicago, Illinois, starts out their latest release ‘Endgame’ with “Wait For Me”, which starts out mellow with some nice sounding vocals and then explodes across right out of the gate. “This Is Letting Go” has boom-boppity-boom drums, heavy chanting — hey! hey! hey! “Survivor Guilt” is a...
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The Mahones Entire Catalogue Released by True North Records

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March 14, 2011
The Mahones Entire Catalogue Released by True North Records

With Saint Patrick’s Day fast approaching, here is a crash course in The Mahones. True North Records has reissued the entire catalogue of the Canadian, Irish Punk Band. ‘The Hellfire Club Sessions’ (1999) is my favorite with a four and 1/2 star rating. Some find this not rowdy enough, like their more edgy work....
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The Mahones: True North Records Releases Collections From Canada’s Gem

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March 13, 2011
The Mahones: True North Records Releases Collections From Canada’s Gem

Canada’s True North Records has released collections containing all off the best songs to hear a glimpse of the edgy Irish Punk band The Mahones. There are two in this category, featuring ‘Paint The Town Red’ with 29 songs and ‘Irish Punk Collection’ with 17 songs. When it comes to value, ‘Paint The Town...
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Bruce Cockburn’s ‘Small Source Of Comfort’ Released Today

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March 8, 2011
Bruce Cockburn’s ‘Small Source Of Comfort’ Released Today

After a five year studio recording hiatus, Canadian recording artist Bruce Cockburn comes up with a very intriguing recording. The lead off song “The Iris Of The World” is an excellent start. I like the light shuffling beat and cymbals crashing in the background. There is quite alot of interesting percussion sounds on this...
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