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  • December 10, 2005
    By webteam


    1. In so many ways, the Christmas mash-up just makes sense. The holidays are a time of pop-culture overload, the airwaves choked with old chestnuts and re-recordings alike, with everyone from Bing to Beyoncé singing about Frosty and Baby Jesus. Between shopping lists and eggnog hangovers, how’s a stressed-out Scrooge supposed to digest them all? Throw ’em in the blender two, three, four at a time.

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  • December 08, 2005
    By webteam


    Islands in the photostream: Photos courtesy Will Spitz









    Your pretty face is going to hell: photos copyright Mike Magee.

    Last night the Canadian septet Islands -- the new band from Nick Diamonds and J’aime Tambour from the Unicorns -- made the final stop on their first tour at the Cambridge YWCA.













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  • December 08, 2005
    By webteam


    Holy shit:

    Category 18 - Best Metal Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

    • What Drives The Weak / Shadows Fall / Track from: The War Within [Century Media Records]

    So the Grammys heard of Mass metal? That's nice. We figure they've got about as much chance of winning as Killswitch did last year, but on the upside .







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  • December 07, 2005
    By webteam
    Boasting a drummer who can simultaneously sing, drum, and play keyboard, a bass player who just recently learned how to play but who already has a sense of melody and rhythm reminiscent of Sir Paul, and a guitarist who tastefully textures his band's pop gems with a gentle twang, the local co-ed trio HATS AND GLASSES are a band to keep an eye on.

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  • December 07, 2005
    By webteam


    We'll admit it -- part of the appeal of that first Iron and Wine record was that here was a dude who was a dead ringer for our beardy friend Metal Mark Thompson but sang wispy wood-nymphish fairyfolk accompanied on little more than a faraway-sounding acoustic guitar. That's funny shit. Mostly, though, we have no explanation for why a guy whispering multitracked Simon & Garfunkel/CSN songs would suddenly captivate someone (namely us) who fucking hates Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby and Stills and Nash.

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  • December 07, 2005
    By webteam


    Dropkick Murphys have announced dates for their annual St. Patrick's Day marathon: they claim they won't be adding shows after these sell out, though they've said that before. Still, do you wanna risk it? To begin with, they've booked Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19, with two shows on Saturday.

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  • December 06, 2005
    By webteam

    Bono at J.J. Foley's, courtesy of the wonderful Heather Murphy

    It's not every night that you wander into a financial district watering hole and wind up having a drink with Bono. It's even more surreal when he asks you to get up on a table-top and introduce him to a crowd for whom he needs absolutely no introduction whatsoever.


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  • December 06, 2005
    By webteam


    Sorry, we overuse that headline when talking about Diplo. This is a good record and you can buy it today. It may have gotten lost in all the unreleased Diplo remixes floating around that dude actually has a legit album on the shelf. He also has a track on the upcoming Beck remix album which you can listen to here

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  • December 06, 2005
    By webteam
















    All photos by C. Rucker

    Finally made it up to Witch City last week to visit the warehouse maintained by Bridge 9 and Converge's Deathwish Inc. imprint (a slab of wharfside office park also home to Sully's Tees, punk-rock booking agents the Kenmore Agency, and a screen-printing operation).

















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  • December 05, 2005
    By webteam


    [Tonight's guest post comes from the desktop of OTD's esteemed colleague Jon Garelick]:

    At the ripe young age of 59, the veteran Detroit singer Bettye LaVette is this year's new face in R&B. She made her first record when she was 16, had a few near misses, and (as she told the Phoenix recently), assumed she'd "die in obscurity" until she hooked up with producer Joe Henry for an album on Epitaph's Anti- imprint, I've Got My Own Hell To Raise



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  • December 04, 2005
    By webteam


    1. For a band who started out as one-man acoustic act, Against Me! have come a long way to headline the Fat Tour with the likes of Smoke or Fire and the Soviettes. Inspired by the political will of Crass, Tom Gabel spits out lyrics in a raunchy growl, taking shots at Condoleezza Rice, the mainstream music biz, and, since they’re from Gainesville, Miami .

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  • December 04, 2005
    By webteam


    Quick, who's more popular: M. Ward or M. McCaughan? Despite our adoration of all things Superchunk, we'd have guessed Ward as the people's choice in '06. But checkbooks don't lie, and Merge's online holiday signed-poster auction -- still in progress, so this could change -- has Portastatic comfortably in the lead.

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  • December 03, 2005
    By webteam

    Peter Pan Potvin & Wendy

    We're at home with the kids tonight, but shit, shouldn't you be out at something?

    1. Certainly, Sir record release party, also featuring Michael "Cassette" Potvin's new band Eject.

    UPDATE! Brodeur posted this to b.hp, so what the hell . . .

    LISTEN: Certainly, Sir, "Midnight Again (feat.








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  • December 03, 2005
    By webteam


    New indie-dance night with FNX DJ and all-around good dood Paul Driscoll, which also includes (not in poster) "HIPSTER KARAOKE!" Mmmm, delicious . . . but couldn't that be every night at the Protokoll practice space? Oh, we keeed, we keed. (Here's the thing about "hipster karaoke," though: great concept, except that as soon as you call it "hipster karaoke," the actual hipsters decide to go sing '80s songs at Triple D's

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  • December 03, 2005
    By webteam

    "Sweet ass DJ kicking phat jamz?!"

    Fast-food punk is our favorite kind. And Tommy and the Terrors got that shit on lock. Check "Pay You Tuesday," which sounds like Wimpy J Wellington fronting Minor Threat, or their pepper-saucy "Avoid the Noid," which . . . is probably about Dominos? Might just be random Danzig-'83 homage? But we can't really tell? Which is par for the course, since it wasn't until the internet came around that we knew what any of Earth A.


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