Music News Recap: Newbies from the Oldies

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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The Raveonettes

Give The Raveonettes a piece of your mind.  The duo is looking for input from fans as they work to create their follow-up to 2008’s Lust Lust Lust album.  Click here to find out how you can hear their in-progress demos and let the band know what you think.

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Britpop! A Beginner’s Guide

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In reaction to American grunge’s saturation effect on the music climate in the early ’90s, a counter movement emerged in the UK that rejected the angst-filled slacker ideals of the flannel crowd.  Drawing inspiration from their nation’s rich history of great guitar-based rock and pop, British musicians provided the soundtrack to the massive cultural movement which would become collectively known as Britpop.

Keep reading about the songs that defined Britpop!

Media Roundup: A Cup of Lists, A Pinch of Controversy, and A Handful of Tasty MP3s

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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MTV may not be as cutting edge as it once was, but its website is currently in the middle of an advertising controversy.

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Pete Doherty lets fans in on some of the details of his forthcoming solo album, featuring guitar work from Blur’s Graham Coxon.

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Pete Doherty

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Be sure to catch Fleet Foxes on Saturday Night Live this week.

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Your bootleg this week comes courtesey of the Aquarium Drunkard blog.  Check out a great Guided By Voices’ 1995 show.

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Ben Taylor will play the High Noon Saloon on February 8th.  Blog readers looking for a handful of mp3s to sample before he hits town should head over here to have a listen.

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Ben Taylor

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NPR celebrated 50 years of Motown Records with a discussion with Detroit critic and author, Gary Graff.  Click here to listen.

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Reflections on the great year in music that was 2008 keep pouring in.  Check out this local fan’s impressions here.

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Rolling Stone has rounded up the favorites of your favorites! See what musicians like Ezra Koenig, Noel Gallagher, Gregg Gillis, and Santogold liked in 2008.

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Santogold

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Hip-hop fans will want to check out NPR’s list of the best “mixtapes” of 2008.

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It’s hardly news anymore:  Kanye West overreacts.  This time it’s over grey hair.  Seriously.

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Kanye West

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Billy Zantzinger, the villian inspiration for Bob Dylan’s “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” passed away on January 3rd.  Here is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been performing the moving song in a session for Minnesota Public Radio.

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Media Round Up: New Releases & New Bands for the New Year

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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The Roots survive a rollover bus accident while on tour.

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Vampire Weekend are getting ready to hit the studio and start recording their second full-length release.

Also gearing up to tackle the sophomore beast is the UK’s Adele.

Blur confirm reunion rumors with a concert in Hyde Park next summer.

Check out a review plus pics from a recent We Are Scientists gig courtesey of Q magazine.

Grab a sneak peek at a track from Brody Dalle‘s new project, The Spinnerettes.

Here’s Pitchfork’s take on the latest Cat Power EP, Dark End of the Street.

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The Boston Spaceships, Bob Pollard‘s post-Guided By Voices outfit gets the Pitchfork treatment as well.  Sound interesting?  Check out a free mp3 here!

Power pop fans will want to check out Paste magazine’s “10 Gateway Songs to a Lifelong Addiction.”

Check out Steve Steele’s interview with Noel Gallagher on Minnesota Public Radio.

Odetta, the woman Bob Dylan credited with turning him on to folk music passed away at 77 years old.

Media Roundup: Reunions, gossip, and videos galore!

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Ryan Adams

Check out these posts from Daytrotter.com featuring The Everybodyfields and The Walkmen.

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The folks at stereogum.com posted a handful of great live Ryan Adams vids.

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Check out the gorgeous videos from Priscilla Ahn‘s La Blogotheque session.

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Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard recently treated readers of MOG.com to an interview.

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Rachel Yamagata

Jolie Holland fans will want to check out her interpretation of Willie McTell‘s “Delia.”

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Rachael Yamagata, who recently wowed an enthusiastic Madison crowd at the High Noon Saloon as part of the Hotel Cafe Tour has her own blog on MOG.com. Click to watch her behind-the-scenes vid!

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From the realm of the slightly surreal, Spin.com reports that lo-fi godfathers Pavement are hosting a contest in honor of the release of 1997’s Brighten The Corners expanded edition. What will one lucky contestant win? A $500 IKEA shopping spree with a member of the band! Click here for details.

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Gwen Stefani is taking a break from her solo career and making babies with Gavin Rossdale for a much-anticipated reunion with the group that made her famous. No Doubt will hit the road next year, and even go so far to hint that a new album may not be too far-fetched.

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Richey Edwards

In other reunion news, Blur‘s Damon Albarn has confirmed that the band will come together in 2009 to rehearse and test the waters of a full-fledged reunion.

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Though his body has never been found, Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards has been officially declared dead at the request of his parents 13 years after going missing. The band plans to release a new album next spring that will include previously unreleased lyrics by the provocative, beloved artist. NME has compiled a gallery of photos of Richey with the band.

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