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The Ballad Of October 16th is still relevant and controversial

The Ballad Of October 16th is still relevant and controversial

I’ve been watching the Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and I’m astonished by how much I didn’t know about that era of American history. One example: a Gallup Poll from early 1939 revealed that 84-85% of American protestants and Catholics “opposed offering sanctuary to European refugees. So did more than one-quarter of American Jews.” This was after the well-reportedNig…

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Oct
15th
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Glenn Campbell’s Last Video: I’m Not Gonna Miss You

Glenn Campbell’s Last Video: I’m Not Gonna Miss You

The connection between music and memories is as fundamental as that between heart and soul. We write songs about things we’ve done and people we’ve loved and those songs remind us that we are human. To be robbed of either is heartbreaking, to be robbed of both is tragic.

Glenn Campbell has been frank about his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He announced his affliction in 2011 and embarked on a…

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Oct
13th
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Eleven Million Adele Fans Can’t Be Wrong

Eleven Million Adele Fans Can’t Be Wrong

A couple of years ago, it blew my mind that Adele’s 21 had sold more than 100,000 copies per week for what ended up being 45 weeks by the time I stopped paying attention. Back then 21 had cumulative sales of a little over seven million. Well, guess what: it’s still selling.

Last week Adele’s 21 surpassed 11 million in U.S. sales. This is 189 weeks after it was released, and it has never once…

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Oct
8th
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Michigan Radio Corporation

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Michigan Radio Corporation

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Playlist: The Best of John Lennon

Playlist: The Best of John Lennon

John Lennon released four solo albums before the Beatles officially broke up, but three of these were experimental recordings made with Yoko Ono and the fourth was a live album recorded in Toronto with an under-rehearsed band featuring Eric Clapton. These four albums are generally dismissed as non-canonical, and they were not included in Spotify’s recent addition.

His first “proper” solo album, J…

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Sep
30th
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These Are The Good Old Days: The Libertines at Alexandra Palace

These Are The Good Old Days: The Libertines at Alexandra Palace

The Libertines at Alexandra Palace
London, September 28, 2014

Peter announced from the stage that next time The Libertines play the U.K. they will have some new songs.

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

All photos by David Wala. See more of his work at davidwala.net. He posted more from this evening on Flickr. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Sep
26th
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All the Videos From CONAN’s George Harrison Week

All the Videos From CONAN’s George Harrison Week

If you’ve seen A Hard Day’s Night then you know George was definitely the coolest Beatle. If you’ve seen any clip of him you know it. And so it’s fitting that we celebrate George Harrison Week with Conan O’Brien and a cast of friends, family and admirers.

Beck Kicks it off with “Wah Wah” and the influence of All Things Must Pass on Beck’s sound become so obvious now.

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Sep
18th
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Pet Sun - Feel Like I’m Going Away

Pet Sun – Feel Like I’m Going Away

Guess what other flavor of rock isn’t dead, Gene Simmons? Garage Rock! Yes, there are lots of bands out there banging away on rough guitar riffs and smashface drum parts. I like Toronto’s Pet Sun, made up of a gang of high school pals who just can’t let go of the rock.

The band’s first official release is out on September 27 and includes this gloriously bizarre video for the single, “Feel Like…

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Sep
17th
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Handsome Jack – Right On

Handsome Jack – Right On

While we all loved KISS as kids we also now know Gene Simmons is an unbearable blowhard and apparently a dipshit too. How else do we explain his claim that rock and roll is dead? Maybe if you never go to clubs or talk to people who pay attention to independent music or have no access to the Internet or record stores or…

Not only is rock and roll still very much alive but classic rock (Simmons’…

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Sep
16th
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You can now stream the entire new album from Asteroid No. 4. What I love about this band is their…

You can now stream the entire new album from Asteroid No. 4. What I love about this band is their inclusion of sounds beyond “drone” in their exploration of psychedelic music–but rest assured, there’s some drone in there too. It’s just that there were as many weirdos on the farms back in the day as there were in warehouses and these guys know it.

Dig this 45 minute tour of Cosmic American Music…

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