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  • April 13, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    1. P. Nice and the Audiovandal have been working overtime on what they're calling their first official mixtape -- that is, the first one that they're not giving away for free on the internet, even for a little bit. Or at least that was the plan until we badgered them into giving us a preview. Whereupon instead of just giving us the first five minutes, they turned around and produced a full-on "trailer" -- like they're Clinton Sparks or Kanye West or some shit!

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  • April 07, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Nick Catchdubs and Certified Bananas
    April 14 at Enormous Room

    Click on the archives and you'll note that the first official On the Download post was made on April 17, 2005. We put up something about the Converge show at Harpers Ferry. None of you were reading, because we didn't tell anyone about it for a couple of months.


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  • April 05, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Yes, the Haunted have played the Worcester Palladium. But who knew the Palladium was haunted?

    Full details coming tonight at 9 pm on the Sci-Fi Channel's Ghost Hunters, but we had to get skinny from our girl Sylvia at MassConcerts, who was giving ghost tours to rock stars just last weekend. "On Saturday, I helped out Lacuna Coil because they needed space to do a photo shoot," she says.

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  • March 30, 2006
    By Carly Carioli
    TOMMIE SUNSHINE survived the glowstick-waving Midwest rave scene ofthe '90s to collaborate on tastemaking albums by electro-kitsch master Felix Da Housecat -- but he's really come into his own in the past fewyears as one of America's strongest remixers of rock records. While spinning and mixing for and alongside everyone from Arthur Baker tothe Yeah Yeah Yeahs, he's churned out dancefloor fits that brought out Avril's inner Cybotron and the Chic side of Louis XIV.

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  • March 30, 2006
    By Carly Carioli
    Underground rock legend Nikki Sudden passed away on March 26th. He was 49 years old.

    Nearly every other news source in the indie-sphere will tell you all about Sudden’s time in the hair-raising, Fall-esque Swell Maps, or of his subsequent bands the Jacobites and the Last Bandits. But I will always remember Nikki Sudden for the one week I spent with him in April of 2003 .

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  • March 23, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Honeypump message-boarders threw a hissy when Protokoll disabled the download function on their MySpace page last week, in advance of the Allston post-punk band's signing a singles deal with an undisclosed UK label. OTD, though, is all about second chances. The Protokoll dudes checked in from SXSW to share the best track from their 2005 EP (take that, MySpace!): morbid frontdude moaning like the second coming of the second coming of Bela Lugosi, while an undertow of lighter-than-Air synths leavens the mood from garish to damn near sweet.

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  • March 16, 2006
    By Mike Miliard


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    A few months back, we told you about 127, Iran’s most popular underground band. We mean underground, like, literally. Playing music in a country where rock and roll is only semi-legal, they’re forced to practice in a soundproof bunker on the outskirts of Tehran.

    As the world frets about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the country’s teeming youth population — there are 48 million Iranians under the age of 30, more than two-thirds of the population — has its own concerns.



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  • March 10, 2006
    By webteam


    The band that uses the bathroom together makes a lot of records together.

    You've heard us gush about Frank Smith. A cow-punk collective for the lazy days. If it weren’t for Aerosmith, they might never have existed. They multi-task in countless other bands (Lot Six, Eyes Like Knives, the Sharking), yet they still find the time to put out an album once a year.


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  • March 09, 2006
    By webteam


    Partly a shameless "House of Jealous Lovers" ripoff, and partly a genius extension of dance-punk's 15 minutes of fame, "Pouncer" is not your average DFA cloning experiment gone awry. Sure, all the basics are there -- the hi-hat-kissed snare beat, the gangrene-guitar stabs, the falsetto-ing dude who sounds like he's feeling up the third rail.


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  • March 08, 2006
    By webteam


    Felicity Huffman in Transamerica? Nope, it's the faux-Nico from Serena Maneesh.

    Ah, the digital age of hyper-hype. It’s becoming a familiar story: Pitchfork gives the import-only version of your first full-length a glowing review, overzealous bloggers give you the requisite stroke jobbing, and before you even have a record out in the US, there’s a backlash a-brewin’.


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  • March 07, 2006
    By webteam




    Which one of these things is doing its own thing?

    1. Sunburned Hand of the Man, Black Helicopter, and Magik Markers signed to Universal Records? Well, sort of:

    Ecstatic Peace signs deal with Universal records ECSTATIC PEACE, the independent record label founded by Sonic Youth's THURSTON MOORE in 1981 has, as of February 2006, signed a distribution deal with UNIVERSAL RECORDS.





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  • March 06, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    OTD is heading south for the week -- and no, we're not going where everyone else is going. We're off for some R&R and even a little M&M, because as we've said before, OTD is for the children. Don't sleep, though, because Cami and a cadre of Phoenix guest bloggers are gonna keep you up to your eyeballs in exclusives until we return.

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  • March 02, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    (This story was removed from online editions of the Boston Phoenix.)

    Lie defector:

    Voice blogger accused of telling the truth

    By Carly Carioli and Matt Ashare

    The Village Voice yesterday suspended serial fabricator Nick "Riff Raff" Sylvester, after it was revealed that elements of a cover story he wrote this week were actually true.

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  • March 01, 2006
    By Carly Carioli

    Pics here from last Friday, when the Foundation Movement threw a release party at the Western Front for their new album Greatest Hits (check it for guest spots by Edo. G and Stic.man from Dead Prez). The Foundation Movement dudes are the only Boston rap group that can claim to have just got back from a world tour -- recent passport stamps include Israel, Cuba, Palestine, and South Africa -- and they spoke on revolutionaries who fought for freedom all over the world, from the Black Panthers to the struggle for Puerto Rican independence.

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  • February 27, 2006
    By Carly Carioli
    Some stuff we didn't have time to blog last week . . .

    1. "NPR FOR THE STREETS": MAD DECENT RADIO. Put "Diplo" and "podcast" in the same sentence, and we'll show you an internet traffic jam waiting to happen. Add the terms "baltimore club" and "DJ interviews" and "random bits of music you'll never hear again", and you've got a recipe for blogger/DJ pandemonium.

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