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Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before

My Spring Cleaning Hitlist consisted of old cassette tapes I’d come across while doing some, yes, spring-cleaning. One of them was my own recording of The Smiths at County Hall...
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12″ Rulers

Much good music was played last night at 12" Bar in the East Village, where iJamming! Pub regulars Paddy Casino and Madina hosted the first of what will hopefully be...
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How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise (if they won’t hear their own?)

>This week’s Village Voice runs a cover story on how "Black-conscious hip-hop deals with an overwhelmingly white live audience," an important subject worthy of serious discussion. Unfortunately, Bakari Kitwana’s piece...
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Corgan Gives Good Quotes

I had a laugh at Billy Corgan’s expense a few days ago about his full-page Chicago Tribune ad begging to get his Smashing Pumpkins back together. But in this week’s...
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(TRANSPORTATION) TALES OF (MY) TWO CITIES

1) LONDON "If you live anywhere near Crystal Palace, you’ll know that getting a black taxi home from the centre of London is not easy. The only time you’re likely...
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STEP DOWN

A big up to everyone who came to the Step On One Off Friday night at The Royale; history will recall that it was a roaring success. We had people...
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WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR SOLO ALBUM, DUDE

Billy Corgan celebrates the release of his debut solo album The Future Embrace by taking out a full page ad in home-town paper the Chicago Tribune, announcing that he’d sooner...
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THIS IS WHY WE HATE THE VOICE

As any long-suffering reader knows, Village Voice music critics are paid NOT to offer their actual opinions on an album, only to pontificate in ever-longer roundabout sentences that rarely reach...
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