• Spring Break '07: Ann St. Takes Acapulco

    by • on Mar 1, 07 • in Rap • with No Comments

    Its officially, I have almost no motivation left for work now. My colorful flowcharts are beginning to take the form of a bright yellow sun (print buys), a crisp dark blue ocean (outdoor boards) and a cool, tan glass of Corona (direct mail campaigns). The endless lines of numeric code all seem to read like flight numbers and times in the billing system. My Designated Marketing Area map in my cube seems to have morphed into the shape of Mexico. This can only mean one thing….Spring Break in Acapulco with Drew, Laura, Gigs, Philbin and

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  • Anathallo: An Unexpected Find

    by • on Feb 24, 07 • in Indie Pop • with No Comments

    The best thing about being open to new music, is that you often hear it when you least expect it. For example, I was told about Mt. Pleasant, Michigan based Anathallo when I got a haircut a month ago. The band consists of 8 members and play a variety of instruments including the underrated flugellorn. Their myspace profile lists “A Floating World” as their latest album and they have been invited to perform at the Coachella Festival in Indigo, California (the list of bands playing is comparable if not to Bonnaroo). Check out the conclusion

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  • Idlewild: Not OutKasts

    by • on Feb 24, 07 • in Brit Pop • with No Comments

    Another great band I recently heard on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio One show is Idlewild. Citing influences such as Blur and Nirvana, Idlewild’s sound has found homes on indie rock playlists as well as success on the British pop charts. The band hopes not be confused with the movie/album released by OutKast last summer when they release “Make Another World” in March. When asked about the potential confusion, lead singer remarked “Maybe when our new LP comes out next February some unfamiliars will think we’re some sort of OutKast tribute. Could be interesting. Probably won’t

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  • Lily Allen: The '07 Takeover

    by • on Feb 23, 07 • in albums, Brit Pop • with No Comments

    Lily Allen owned 2006 in the U.K. and looks to take over the U.S. in 2007. After her record label refused to release songs she had made, she decided to post them on her MySpace profile and garnered a massive following. The buzz carried her in to features on numerous shows on BBC Radio One and pressed her record company to release her album, Alright Still. On first listening to the album, the songs seem cheerful and light hearted, but a second listen will tell otherwise. She uses catchy production to showcase the pictures she

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  • K-OS: Rapper/Crooner/?

    by • on Feb 22, 07 • in albums, Hip-Hop • with 1 Comment

    K-OS “Atlantis: Hymns For Disco” 5/5 Narks Canadian rapper/hip hop artist K-OS finally released his 3rd album “Atlantis – Hymns For Disco” last week. The follow up to musically diverse, “Joyful Rebellion”, was already released in Canada last October, but has been repackaged with a bonus track for the States. K-OS has been drawing comparasions to OutKast’s Andre 3000 and with good reason. He seemlessly slides from one musical genre to another throughout the album, while being socially relevant. Each song style ranges from indie rock (the catchy “Sunday Morning”) to brit rock (“Vahalla”) to

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  • Andre Villoch: Troubador

    by • on Feb 16, 07 • in albums, Folk • with No Comments

    When Laura and I went to Traverse City last December, I really didn’t plan on hearing any other music than what was on my i-pod. But after walking into a bookstore cafe, I was pleasantly surprised. There were 3 singer-songwriters giving the audience a sampling of their respective works, there was one that stood out and of course, I forgot to find out who he was. After some web searching and phone calls, I found that he was Andre Villoch. He’s a folk singer from Northern Michigan and sings about topics from packing everything up

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  • My 1st Review

    by • on Feb 14, 07 • in albums, Rap • with No Comments

    A review I wrote last October for The Game’s latest album. Hopefully, I’ll be able to write more this year. The Game “The Doctor’s Advocate” 4/5 Narks Since the Game’s freshman record, “The Documentary”, he’s had beef with 50 Cent, patched things up with 50 Cent, been ousted by 50 Cent from G-Unit, and finally moved from hip hop’s elite label, Aftermath Records, to Geffen Records, known for Nirvana and Nelly Furtado, but not much in the rap world. The Game, born Jayceon Taylor, is out to prove that he is left coast king, and

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