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V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014

Finally, a snippet of what Jenny Lewis has been up to for the past few years. You see, I mentioned a week or two ago that her new record (The Voyager) is set to hit the music-sphere on July 29. Little did I know that Lewis was getting ready to release a lyric video of an album track a short time later. Fate or not, I'm glad for it. The song is called “Just One of the Guys,” and it's produced by none other than Beck himself. If we're judging Lewis' sound off this one track, it definitely lacks the grit of Acid Tongue, but hey: evolution, right? Listen to that below.

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V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014

Talk about a boy-band super duo: Nick Carter (of Backstreet Boys) and Jordan Knight (of New Kids on the Block) have decided to join forces and take over the music world as Nick & Knight. No joke. Their debut LP drops on September 2, and shortly after they're going on tour so people can see this pop extravaganza in person. It's just as well. Interested folks can view a promotional video for the project below, and in it you can hear a snippet of their single “Just the Two of Us.” PS: The album is already available for pre-order. So have at it if you must.

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V.22 No.51 | 12/19/2013

While I'm not much of a Robin Thicke fan, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked “Blurred Lines” because it reminded me of my favorite Marvin Gaye track “Got to Give it Up.” (Lest we forget that's the reason the Gaye family is suing Thicke.) Regardless, Thicke has released his new video for the track “Feel Good,” and while this one doesn't have the same laid-back, good-time vibe of “Blurred Lines,” I can foresee it becoming a club favorite. I think that's the goal at this point for most pop musicians, right?

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V.22 No.38 | 9/19/2013

Oh how relentless this Beck guy is … after his last album was released in 2008 (with production duties handled by Danger Mouse), he kind of laid low (minus a sheet music album). That is until he started releasing tracks early this summer, including “I Won't Be Long.” Now Beck has shared a new song, titled “Gimme.” And this one sounds more in tune with the work he provided on The Information, which can be good or bad, depending on what version of Beck you like. Though none of these songs will be on Beck's upcoming LP.

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V.22 No.34 | 8/22/2013

Music

Rooster Roundabout: This Week’s Music Highlights

In a bold move, Robin Thicke and Pharrell are suing Funkadelic and Marvin Gaye’s estate in an effort to protect the track, “Blurred Lines,” after allegations the song too-closely resembles Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”

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V.22 No.31 | 8/1/2013

Music

Still Serving The Servants: Nirvana's In Utero gets a massive reissue

I think I was about nine years old. I remember walking into the living room where my sister was sitting in front of the stereo listening to Fiona Apple's Tidal and singing along with the lyrics booklet in her hands. I sat next to her and noticed another CD cover with a naked baby swimming in the water, staring at a dollar bill. I picked it up and asked, “What's this one?” “That's a band called Nirvana. The singer killed himself a couple years ago.” “How?” I asked. “He shot himself.” “Can we listen to it?” “Okay,” she said. She took the CD from my hand, put the disc into the stereo and hit play. Upon hearing the opening riffs of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” I was hooked, and Nevermind became one of the main precursors to my love of grunge (which I don't need to reiterate because I've written about this particular genre more times than I can count).

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V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012

news

The Daily Word in Syrian ceasefire, Hurricane Sandy and WikiLeaks

In the news: brain in a bag, 90 days in jail, $300 fine, ceasefire, Hurricane Sandy, WikiLeaks, U.S. policies on detaining people in camps and GitMo, Gangnam style, fire a police officer, Bullied teen, opera, Legalizing marijuana, Rape is rape, sex offenders, Hobbit spoilers, DIY Halloween costumes, the Broadway musical

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V.20 No.44 |

news

The Daily Word in election results, in-flight porn and waking up gay

In the news: reject, anti-union law, Democratic, mass casualties, ugly bitch, R.I.P, Heavy D, caught on tape, leader, rape-joke pages, retraining, gay, 40th anniversary, Most brutal boxing picture ever, alcohol-free whiskey, beer for dogs, historian, in-flight porn, eight, unearthed, interview, pranks, space junk, Holy Grail, join the cast, Happy Birthday Ed Wynn!!!

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V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
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Music

Meat Puppets play Launchpad Friday June 10

I started college in 1980, the same year that the Meat Puppets formed in Phoenix. The music back then was pretty much an endless galaxy of angry, sloppy punk rock bands… plus the crap they played on the radio. Sure, that’s an oversimplification but it helps me tell my story.

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V.19 No.19 | 5/13/2010

Song Roulette

Bonus Minus the Bear Edition

Minus The Bear’s Alex Rose likes R. Kelly

Alex Rose grew up in Santa Fe, played in Albuquerque bands, then moved to Seattle to further his audio engineering career. Our native son has enjoyed a professional music career ever since joining prog / indie rock band Minus the Bear, which stops at the Sunshine Theater this Tuesday in support of Omni (released May 4). In anticipation of the rock that’s to come, here are random selections from his collectionthis time with two bonus tracks!

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