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I Like This: Hyacca

Published on September 12th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Straight out of Fukuoka Japan comes this post-punk New Wave-ish group called Hyacca.  Their debut record is called Sashitai.  And once you’re done listening, try this video. Hyacca: Riot by callandresponse... Read More


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The Recommendation Project Part 9: Soundtrack Songs

Published on September 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Since the Toronto International Film Festival is on now--and since it's very heavy with rock'n'roll documentaries--I thought it might be interesting to complile a list of the greatest songs to come from movie soundtracks.  JUST movie soundtracks.  No fair naming a song from an album that just happened to be in a movie. ... Read More


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Music (and Video) from the Inbox

Published on September 4th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

See that "Music Submissions" link on the left?  I'm happy to report that a lot of people are using it.  Here's the latest and best from the inbox.

Take a listen and free free to provide some input directly to the artists involved.  They like that.

 

 

 

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I Like This: Twin Sister

Published on September 4th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Another pouty-lipped singer (Andrea Estella) with a sexy,languid pop song reminiscent of some alt-rock from the middle 80s.  The video was shot at Andrea’s family’s house in Lond Island... Read More


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I Like This: Lana Del Rey

Published on September 4th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Her real name is Lizzy Grant and she’s from New York.  This is dreamy orchestral pop in the vein of Fiona Apple and Tori Amos in her less kooky moments.  Bewitching.  The single is out on ... Read More


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I Like This: Bill Withers

Published on September 2nd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

To underscore the last post about discovering older music, here’s another example from 1971.  Most of my knowledge of R&B and funk extends to the bigger Motown acts and their descendents.  Then I stumbled across this ... Read More


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I Like This: Amanaz

Published on September 2nd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I’d never heard of Amanaz before today–understandable since they’re a five-person group from Zitwe, Zambia–but but I had an instant emotional connection to this song called “Khala My Friend.”  For more, investigate their 1975 Zam-rock classic, ... Read More


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The Recommendation Project Part 8: Guilty Pleasures

Published on September 2nd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

It's okay to admit it.  There's something about that uncool song that floats your boat.  There's no need to apologize.  We all have those guilty pleasures.

For me, it's The Sweet, the glam-y English band who, back in the day, was viewed as a very poor bubblegummy substitute for Bowie and Bolan.  But I don't care.  I've always liked the band.  I have all their albums on vinyl AND CD.  In fact, it's not an exaggeration to say that listened to Desolation Boulevard at least once through every essay I wrote between grade 9 and the end of university.  Seriously.  

(Note all Sweeties:  try and find the original British vinyl edition of Desolation Boulevard.  It's almost COMPLETELY different from the more familiar later release on Capitol.)

So here's my question:  what would you like to confess?  Here's how to unburden yourself.

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I Like This: The Black Pacific

Published on August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The Black Pacific is the band formed by ex-Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg and features former Dropkick Murphys guitarist Marc Orell.  Lots of punky “Whoa-ohs.”  Nice.  ... Read More


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Music (and Video) from the Inbox

Published on August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The new tunes just keep rolling in through the "Music Submission" link that you see on the left-hand side of the page.  Here's a new batch that made it through the filters.

 

 

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I Like This: Huddle

Published on August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Arty indie pop from a five-piece Toronto who released their debut album, All These Fires today.  Extremely catchy.  And grab the guilt-free download of “Islands.”  All These Fires by Huddle... Read More


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Music (and Video) from the Inbox

Published on August 29th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Part of the mandate I want to follow for this website is to recommend music that you might not otherwise hear, hence the "Music Submission" link on the left side of the page.  

Here's another rundown of some of the material that's come in recently.  Give it a listen and please feel free to spread the word on anything that really moves you.

And by all means, offer up any input to the artists involved.  They love that.

 

 

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