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New Benefits Coming Soon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 02:07

Next Tuesday iTunes releases a new song for Earth Day: "Go Green," by Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, with guests Annie Lennox, Bonnie Raitt, Sarah McLachlan, and Imogen Heap. The single benefits Greenpeace and is the debut release of the new planet-friendly Greenpeace Works collaborative.

 
Audio Outsider Gets His Due with New CDs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 02:13

In the world of outsider audio and what's dubbed "incredibly strange music," one lone, haunted figure stands tall above the rest: Joe Meek, turning the traditional studio-recording environment of the 1960s upside down in England with flair, obsession, and wackiness that crossed elements of Ed Wood with Phil Spector. As a clever boy who dissected radios and other early electronics, Meek turned his creative energy into a career as an independent producer free of the stodgy, copycat, high-fidelity desires of in-house record-company studios.

 
Partridge Creates an Improvised XTC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 02:15

Andy Partridge - Monstrance XTC co-founder Andy Partridge gets his freak wiggle on next week in a loose, layered, free-form two-CD set that reunites him with an old mate from his heady new-wave days. Released on his own boutique label, Ape House Records, Monstrance is an improvised, instrumental three-man roundtable, with original XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews and the drummer from his own Shriekback concoction, Martyn Barker.

 
Coldplay Offers a Treat for Turntable Fans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 02:13

Coldplay, Turntable purists have a friend in Coldplay, as next week the band releases an import-only box set of singles on vinyl but not CD. Entitled simply The Singles 1999-2006, the 15 seven-inch records in the Parlophone project feature plenty of live B sides and the hard-to-find Blue Room EP split into two singles.

 
Cake Offers the Smell of Rarities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 02:22

Cake Bringing back memories of the warm scent from an Easy Bake Oven, Cake is prepping a new CD that features "scratch and sniff" fun in the disc's limited edition. Releasing B-Sides & Rarities on their own at (http://www.cakemusic.com) and bypassing a record-label deal, the CD features two crazy covers: Kenny Rogers' and the First Edition's "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" and Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up." One more cover is featured on the limited edition's bonus disc: a live stab at Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with guest Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips. Budding video directors are encouraged to submit an original visual accompaniment to the "War Pigs" cover, with the band ponying up a $1,000 prize.

 
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