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The iJamming! Download: Classic disco and reggae “mix tapes”

My InBox is filling up with more MP3s, and links to unreleased albums, that I think I can cope with. But the legit freebies that have really tweaked me the...
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What I Learned from Fountains of Wayne at the Bearsville Theater

1) Acoustic shows should be advertised as such. Even “full band acoustic” shows. There was nothing in the Bearsville Theater’s advertising for Fountains of Wayne’s July 5 gig to indicate...
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Summer Hitlist

We’re away on a sort of vacation for the rest of the week. Going no further than the Jersey Shore where we’ll have the mother-in-law’s empty house before it’s officially...
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Featured Album: “Moondagger” by Deastro

WHO: 22 year-old Detroit native Randolph Chabot and his band (named for G.I. Joe villain Destro, deliberately mis-spelled to avoid legal complications) release either first or second album (depending how...
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R.E.M.’s Reckoning re-issued; Basement Jaxx say “play with it”

“Conventional wisdom has it that second albums pose a problem, especially for those acts whose debut releases have enjoyed unanticipated success. But R.E.M. were never much concerned with following convention,...
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Loud Fast Jews

Last week I attended an event at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in Manhattan entitled Loud Fast Jews. Up on stage together were Tommy Ramone, Lenny Kaye, Chris Stein...
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Adam Freeland Copes With Band Format

FEATURED ALBUM FREELAND: COPE (Marine Parade) WHO: Big British Breaks and Beats DJ under new “group” name. WHAT: 35-year old Adam Freeland wrote and performed Cope’s dozen strong songs with...
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Gowanus Canal Sunset: Robyn Hitchcock at the Bell House

On Thursday night I saw Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 – R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin and Scott McCaughey – at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Ken Stringfellow of...
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