• 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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  • Bonnaroo 2007

    by • on Feb 14, 07 • in Festivalist • with 1 Comment

    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has just released an amazing initial lineup for this summer’s event. I’ve never been, but it looks like it would be a good time. It takes place June 14-17 in Manchester, TN on some farmland where you camp and see a lot of great artists. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 23 and start at $184.50 (not including $21.85 service charge and $10.00 shipping charge). A few of the artists: -The Police, The White Stripes, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Wilco,

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  • Timbo the King

    by • on Feb 13, 07 • in Rap • with No Comments

    Fresh off a Producer of the Year Grammy snub, super-producer Timbaland is ready to unleash his second solo album this March. Timbaland Presents…Shock Value is scheduled for release on March 27th and boasts a genre-crossing lineup of Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, The Hives, Fall Out Boy, Nelly Furtado and Elton John(what?). Below is the 1st single, “Give It To Me” featuring Nelly Furtado & JT,which should be burning through the charts as I write this. As a bonus, one of my favorites from Timbaland’s 1st solo album, “Who Am I” featuring a then unknown, Twista. Give

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  • Start Me Up

    by • on Feb 13, 07 • in Indie • with No Comments

    I’m not really sure what I am going to do with this space yet. In the future, I’d like it to be a place where I can post new music (hip hop, indie, and anything new I pick up), reviews and insights. We’ll see how it goes, but it should be interesting… For now, here are a couple of links: The first to the new Maximo Park song, “Our Velocity”. A band that promises to deliver a new album this summer. They have the unusual but pleasant distinction of changing the chorus of a song

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