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Timbaland: Shockingly Good Pt. II

Timbaland – Timbaland Presents…Shock Value 4/5 Narks On Shock Value, Timbaland experiments more than ever with new twists on familiar territory (Hip-Hop and R&B) and uncharted waters (New Wave and Rock). No matter the musical flavor, the production is solid on all fronts. Most of all, Timbaland sounds like he is having good time doing […]

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Timbaland: Shockingly Good Pt. 1

Part I One of the most anticipated albums of the year for me has finally arrived, Timbaland Presents…Shock Value, and it not so “shock”ingly, it delivers. I have been following Timbaland’s production career since the Ginuwine and Aaliyah days and it is amazing how he created so many unique sounds and create new trends over […]

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Indie

Eclectipus: The Bees

The Bees – Octopus 4/5 Narks Another band I have been listening to as much as possible (Spring = album release fiesta) is The Bees. Straight outta the British Isles, this band quickly became every indie critic’s darling in 2002 with Sunshine Hit Me, which was reportedly recorded in lead singer, Paul Butler’s garden. The […]

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Brit Pop

The Kooks: "A Good Thing to Me"

Another great import from the U.K. that I have been listening to lately is The Kooks. They first caught my ear with the catchy single “Naive”. It had some success here in the States on college radio, but were a staple on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio One show. Their follow-up, “Ooh La”, is just as […]

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albums Rap

8Ball & MJG: Southern Legends

8Ball & MJG “Ridin’ High” 3/5 Narks Two guys that have been consistently heating up the underground in South are 8Ball & MJG. I first heard about them in middle school and have always appreciated the way they verbally spar with each other on their albums. With each album (9 so far), the duo has […]

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albums Indie

Arcade Fire: Hauntingly Good

Arcade Fire “Neon Bible” 5/5 Narks Though I haven’t heard their 1st album, the heavily lauded The Funeral, Arcade Fire’s latest album has been so highly anticipated I couldn’t ignore it. It has been featured on every blog, column and radio show imaginable. At first, I was a bit hesitant to check out Arcade Fire. […]

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Alt Country

Recovery Post: 'Bright'en Up

What can I say, an insane week in Acapulco followed by a birthday bonanza/St. Patty’s Day extravaganza doesn’t leave a lot of brain cells left for blog material. Here’s the recovery post… For the most part, there are some artists that you love or hate. There isn’t an in-between. You either check for everything they […]