Blur release new album compilation

Britpop boys Blur will be releasing a new compilation album to coincide with their upcoming reunion tour.  Titled Midlife:  A Beginner’s Guide to Blur, the two cd set will feature 25 tracks picked from their seven studio albums.  Truly a beginner’s guide, it’s a shame that there are no bootlegs, b-sides or live recordings featured […]

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Album Review: Graham Coxon – The Spinning Top

Graham Coxon The Spinning Top * * * I feel somewhat at ease discussing Coxon’s works. His picture adorned the cover of my physics book in high school; I was distraught by his 2003 departure from Blur and elated at the news that the band were to reform and play Hyde Park in July. You […]

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Album Review: The Mint Chicks – Screens

The Mint Chicks Screens * * * May is New Zealand Music Month, and what better time to review the latest release by local darlings of troublegum-infused noiserock, The Mint Chicks? Following on from prior releases Fuck The Golden Youth and the critically acclaimed Crazy?  Yes!  Dumb?  No!, the Auckland boys decided it was time […]

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Album Review: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Vs. Children

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Vs. Children * * * * In a highly anticipated follow up to 2006’s Etiquette, Owen Ashworth offers plenty of lo-fi sounds, rounded out not just with his signature electronic tinkering, but with a more grown-up presence.  The honkytonk keys are toned down, and Ashworth slips in a mature selection […]

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News: Punter buys Sonic Youth’s stolen guitar on Ebay

I read this amazing thread on Offsetguitars.com about one lucky guitarist buying a Fender Mustang on Ebay for $500…only to discover it was one of the many pieces of equipment stolen when someone drove off with Sonic Youth’s equipment van in 1999! To save you reading all 35 pages of the thread, here’s what went […]

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