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Mo Meta Blues

by J Frazzetta February 4th, 2016
I’ve had a chance to accumulate a few new albums, Avid Reader, but I had this one book in the pipeline and I wanted to share it with you before moving on to some new tunes.  As I mentioned last time, when a book can push me to
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Stephen Malkmus, Wig Out at Jagbags, 2014

by J Frazzetta January 28th, 2016
It took a few weeks, Avid Reader, but I’m back in business with reviewing some new albums.  This time of year is always slow, and there are a few releases coming out in the next few weeks that have caught my attention, so I’ll be sure to tell you what I think.  Case in point -- we have the new album by former Pavement front man Stephen Malkmus and his group the Jicks.  His last album with the
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Britney Jean

by Louise January 21st, 2016
Oops!... She did not do it again. Britney Spears released her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, on November 29, 2013, to very little fanfare. The album took the number four spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 and continued to slip downward in the following weeks. That makes Britney Jean her lowest-peaking and lowest-selling record (even if we anticipate the months to come).

Reaching number four may seem like a respectable peak for an artist on her eighth album, but the
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  • Treasure Gold

    by J Frazzetta January 14th, 2016
    When I took this on, Avid Reader, I said that I would not be breaking new ground.  For our third installment about Adele I’m not going to review her smash album 21 so much as talk about a few different points.  If you’d like to read a review then you can check out my colleague Louise’s excellent write up.  I’m asking one question: how did
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  • Lorde — No Better

    by Jason Lightner January 7th, 2016
    Most people will recognize the New Zealand-born pop star Lorde from her hit song "Royals," which was an unexpected success, earning the number one spot on the United States' Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks, and marking the first time a New Zealand solo act topped the chart. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter's talent extends well beyond a singular song, however, as both Lorde's EP, The Love Club,
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  • Jump in my Harmonicraft

    by J Frazzetta December 31st, 2015
    For 2009 and 2010, our heroes took to the road as a trio to show that they could still play ear shattering music despite being down one person.  Then at the start of 2011 it, was announced that Andrew Elstner would join the band on guitar, bringing them back to a four-piece, Avid Reader, and thus closing out our story.  Feeling a surge of creative energy from being on
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