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James Figurine
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The only bummer about this record is having to type the word “Mistake” four times in a row when you want to reference the title, otherwise this electropop disc is a lighthearted bit of magic. It’s the kind of album that lures you in with its whimsical songs then you check the notes and see collaborators like John Tejada, Jenny Lewis and artist Geoffrey McFettridge Then you read a little further and go, “Oh, it’s Jimmy Tamborello…” who most people...

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Saturday, 04 November 2006
The Cheebacabra
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Back in 2003, the Cheebacabra burst onto the scene with funkified jams that earned praise from KCRW to Filter Mag’s top albums of the year. Now Cheeba is back with another grooving, laid back album and his very own label, Macrosoft. Exile in the Woods is a snythed out version of a funk album that features collaborators/ producers ranging from Money Mark to Peter Scherr of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. All the synths on Exile definitely conjure up references to...

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Saturday, 04 November 2006
Placebo
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For longtime fans of Placebo, Meds seems to be another solid album with a few extra perks. As usual, the band displays a range between high energy anthems and more heartfelt ballads. On the delicate “Song To Say Goodbye,”  Molko laments the drug use and destructive lifestyle of a fellow musician who is left unnamed. The catchier-than-hell tune “Infrared” sees the boys using their usual arsenal of hard hitting drums, a wall of guitars, electronic embellishments and coy lyrics. However what differentiates this...

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Saturday, 04 November 2006
The Presets
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For those who need consistency in an album, Beams isn’t for you. For listeners who appreciate a sonic journey that weaves you through upbeat dance electro (accompanied by oh so many handclap sound effects) to more spaced out jams, then Beams is for you. While the Presets cite electropop acts like Pet Shop Boys and New Order as influences, the album only hits hints of these greats a few times. In a lot of ways, Beams would seem to fit...

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Thursday, 02 November 2006
SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR 2006
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ARTIST: Sounds of the Underground Tour 2006 VENUE: Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA DATE: 10-28-06 REVIEW BY: Mark Ziemke Grassroots sensibilities, camaraderie and devotion are just a few of the characteristics that describe the Sounds of the Underground Tour that took place this summer in North America. Host to a very unlikely collection of bands such as As I Lay Dying, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse and The Black Dahlia Murder, this tour was zig-zagging the nation, going head to head with...

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Saturday, 28 October 2006
JEREMY ENIGK COMPLETES SECOND SOLO ALBUM
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SET FOR AN OCTOBER 17, 2006 RELEASE DATE Lollapalooza, North American and European Tour Dates Announced LOS ANGELES, CA – (June 28, 2006) — JEREMY ENIGK, the enigmatic singer and songwriter for emo-core pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft, has completed “World Waits,” his eagerly-awaited second solo album. Enigk, whose solo debut, “Return of the Frog Queen” was released in 1996, will issue “World Waits” October 17 on his own label, Lewis Hollow Records, which will be...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2006
MAIDEN NO 1 IN EUROPE AND N0 9 IN USA
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KILLS THE CHARTS WORLDWIDE! Metal legends IRON MAIDEN’S new album A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH has not only been released to enormous critical acclaim across the globe but has also resulted in some of their highest chart placing ever. In addition to their Number One chart debut on the Billboard Pan-European Chart the album has now debuted at no 9 on the Billboard USA Chart on their US label Sanctuary Records and at No.2 in Canada. This is the...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2006