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Calendar, Night&Day You Brut!

You Brut!

Fans of Bournemouth, England’s Art Brut adore its pop-punk sneering and snarking demigods, and we don’t blame them; frontman Eddie Argos has the angry wit of a young Joe Strummer. The band backing him up sounds as if it’s taking…
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Music, Greed catches up with the major labels

Greed catches up with the major labels

It's always darkest before the dawn. This could be said about the music industry, only the phrase is historically uttered by the guy who lives through the night, while at the moment the major labels are bleeding like a hemophiliac…
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Music, Giving the Indies a Spin

Giving the Indies a Spin

If you haven't noticed, all hell is breaking loose in online digital music sales. On the main stage: Last month Amazon.com announced its intention to enter the fray at the end of the year, challenging iTunes' hegemony in the market.…
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Music, Prick

Prick

Certain words have the unfortunate fate of symbolizing all that is evil in the world. Words such as "communist," "cholesterol," and "crack" have all had their day as lingual marks of the beast. But a new word has stolen the…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

WireSpawned in London's punk maelstrom in 1976 and first disbanded in 1980, Wire spit out three radically different albums, and for many aficionados, those three releases comprise the essential Wire. Debating the triumvirate's comparative merits has long served as a…
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Music,

Samples

Major Disappointments Last month, a member of the B.U.M.S. was spotted waiting dejectedly in the rain for an AC Transit bus, a poster for his rap group's Priority debut behind him. The story of an alternarock band signing the dotted…
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Samples

Coup d'Etat New York's Wild Pitch Records, home to hip-hop artists like Oaktown griots the Coup and verbal maestro OC, has dissolved into a production company. According to Wild Pitch honcho Stu Fineman, the label didn't get much financial love…
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