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  • January 17, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    BONDE DO ROLE: baile in the box

    1. You may recall that, once upon a time, a Florida DJ helped a Sri Lankan MC in British exile to gain international exposure by producing a song that borrowed liberally from a form of music popular in Brazilian ghettos that had in turn been derived from a style of hip-hop indigenous to Miami. Which, as you may recall, is a city in Florida.

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  • January 13, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    ARE YOU THERE GOD? It's me, Aberdeen City. It won't be official for another week or so, but sources tell OTD that after a whirlwind bidding war, Boston's Aberdeen City will sign to Columbia Records. In another local connection, their A&R rep is Maureen Kelly, a Boston University grad who while at Universal Records signed the Scissor Sisters.

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  • January 05, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Oh, there can't even be any question: there's gotta be some domestic tension over at the Mr. and Mrs. Spears residence. Can it be any coincidence that, less than a week after K-Fed leaks his big hipster move -- a debut baile-funk single -- his wife's most coveted unreleased track finally surfaces? They said it would never be heard, and frankly there've been times we thought this thing was completely apocryphal, but it's out: the song the DFA produced for Britney.

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  • January 03, 2006
    By Carly Carioli


    How do you say "Vanilla Ice" in Portuguese?

    1. Before you embark on your subculturally-programmatic mocking of the new Kevin Federline single -- and yes, it is in fact a baile-funk track produced by Disco D, and yes, that means this will be most Middle Americans' introduction to baile-funk, and yes, there are already people who are mad at it -- consider these four arguments, put forth by no less than Disco D himself on Hollerboard the other night, after asking the question of all questions, "How is this more of a cultural infringement than M.


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  • January 01, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Every year Mad Skillz says he ain't gonna do another one, then he goes and does it anyway. We thought he was serious about not doing it this year, but then we were driving home last night and the new one came on Hot 97. Awesome.

    Highlights: Lil' Kim in court, Nas & Kelis, Jamie's Oscar, Chappelle's millions, Bobby Brown, "Ordinary People," getting sick of hearing Mike Jones's name, Mariah's comeback, Michael Jackson's acquittal, 50 and Game's break up and make up, "Trapped in the Closet," ("by the time his case come up, we'll be at chapter 106"), Dipset ("brainwashed the kids"), Jeezy's Snowman t-shirt ban, Ying Yang, Gwen's "Hollaback," T.

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  • January 01, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    OTD always waits until the very last second to turn in our Pazz and Jop ballot, because our minds are never really made up. Lists are not really our forte. But we like reading them, and we like big-upping stuff, so we feel kinda obligated. Also, we totally told you like twice this year what the album of the 2005 was, so to not actually award that honor would be sort of lame.

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  • December 29, 2005
    By Carly Carioli

    The GENDERS grew up studying American rock and roll, absorbing the sound and stance of bands like the Stooges and the Velvet Underground. And in that tradition, they sing about what they know: sex, drugs, and, uh, the Arab-Israeli conflict. See, the Genders hail from Tel Aviv, a relatively peaceful city in Israel -- emphasis on "relatively" -- and days before they started recording their new Rockin' in Ramallah (AMP), a coffee shop down the street from their studio was bombed.

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  • December 29, 2005
    By Carly Carioli
    Christmas came early for Volcano Suns fans last week when Pete Prescott's other band-reunited posted a bunch of rarities on MySpace:
    We're posting new songs...pre-mp3 indie rock DOWNLOADABLE for the first time:"Tree Stomp" - rare, rare, rare, from the Throbbing Lobster CLAWS comp from back in the day...CLASSIC old-timey Suns tune.

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  • December 29, 2005
    By webteam

    Sorry for the lack of updates: we've been busy with some work stuff. (Some mistakes in that article -- like the launch date, which isn't until February -- but yes, big tings are in the works). Hope you like our new URL. Comments are now turned on retroactively, so if you ever felt like you wanted to add your two cents to our snarky appraisal of something, go apeshit.

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