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Digital crate digging: Searching Spotify by label, genre, year and more

Spotify is a great tool for music discovery, but some of the exploration tools aren’t obvious. If you want to search for something by song title or artist, that sort…

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Jukebox selections: Bambie Thug, Method of Defiance, Aesthetic Perfection and more

A few of the things that I’ve caught in the last few weeks that are keeping my ears busy, including Method of Defiance, Bambie Thug, Aesthetic Perfection and others. One…

Devil Doll "Lover & a Fighter" album cover
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Devil Doll returns with “Lover & a Fighter”

After 13 years, Devil Doll (a.k.a. Colleen Duffy) is back with Lover & a Fighter, a release that is as strong as her debut album Queen Of Pain. The lead…

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Bandcamp Friday recommendations: Eliza Rickman, Stickster, Renssy Rios, and much more

It’s Bandcamp Friday! Bandcamp has been waiving revenue share on the 1st Friday of each month to help artists who’ve had their incomes seriously impacted by the pandemic. Reminder from…

It's a Mistake - cover for 7" single
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“It’s a Mistake” by Men at Work: pop at the height of the cold war

There’s not a bad song on Cargo (1983), but “It’s a Mistake” is one of the standout cuts on the album. Written by Colin Hay, it was the third single…

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Amyl and the Sniffers, Fraidycat web follower, Mogwai

Let’s shake some of my browser tabs and see what falls out. Fraidycat web follower / feed reader RSS has been on the decline since Google snuffed Google Reader. Many…

James Jamerson Sr. playing bass
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James Jamerson: The unsung Motown bassist that influenced Paul McCartney

James Jamerson is just one of many session players in the 50s and 60s who went virtually unknown during his lifetime. Even now, after being inducted into the Rock and…

Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde in Happy Birthday video
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Concrete Blonde – “Happy Birthday” (song of the day)

Concrete Blonde had a lot of standout tracks on Free, but this one is timeless. “Happy Birthday” is a great song any day of the year, but on the 30th anniversary of…

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Ikebe Shakedown delivers cinematic instrumental funk

Ikebe Shakedown is another Bandcamp discovery. The band specializes in cinematic soul, an instrumental brand of soul/funk that feels like it should be straight out of a 70s cop or…

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Underground Chamber is a ride deep into the mind of Buckethead

Buckethead’s Underground Chamber is the fourth release in his “Pikes” series, and something like his 33rd studio release overall. Underground Chamber is too good to be dismissed, but nowhere near…