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Ministry: With Sympathy vs. Twitch

As far as synth-pop records go, Ministry’s debut major label effort, With Sympathy, has always been one of my favorites. I remember...

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U2: NYC Traffic "Jammed"

To promote the release of their latest album, How To Dismantle An Atom Bomb (and to film the video for the single “All Because Of...

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Butch Walker: Walker Comes Alive!

We all have our guilty pleasures, right? I know a guy in a death metal band who is a huge Carpenters fan. I like my 80’s music...

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The Best Alt-Country CD You’ve Never Heard: E.I.E.I.O.’s "Land Of Opportunity"

In 1986, there was a mini-revival of rock-tinged country acts. Two such bands came charging out of Wisconsin, releasing their debut efforts...

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Semisonic: Singing In My Sleep CD5

It’s easy to hate a band with a career-making/career-stunting hit like “Closing Time”, but I will go on-record as saying...

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bootleg city: bruce springsteen, “live in asbury park, nj, 11/26/96”

Some of you have been patiently waiting for this, and patience is nothing if not a virtue, so prepare to be rewarded. This week’s...

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goodnight america

This is bullshit....

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"she’s carryin’ a burnin’ torch inside / she holds it firm & tight"

1982 was a big year for the J. Geils Band – after 13 albums, hundreds and hundreds of live shows and a few scattered Top 40 hits,...

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the complete idiot’s guide to cheap trick

Jefito’s note: Elo, kiddies, and welcome to the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cheap Trick! This week’s entry is an...

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Pezband: Laughing In The Dark

Ah, yes, 1978. Chicago. Where else would a power pop fan have wanted to be at the time? Within a stone’s throw of the Sears tower,...

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Cheap Trick: In Color V2.0 extended

Due to popular demand, the 2003 In Color tracks are being made available through March to all DONATE TO CHARITY SLICE readers. To sweeten...

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Career In A Nutshell: Starz

Starz/Starz (Capitol) 1976 From the ashes of early 70’s one-hit wonder Looking Glass (“Brandy (You’re A Fine...

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bootleg city: van morrison, “montreux 1990″

Okay, I know I promised some sweet live Boss this week, but my daughter had other ideas for my time. I spend less time writing these...

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Darren's Great Unknowns, Music

Hey Album! V1.0

For those not in the know, before Butch Walker was the producer de jour that he is these days (producing and co-writing with artists from...

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Rise & Shine, it’s Da Bears!

To even the most ardent of Adrian Belew fan, his membership in the little-known group the Bears is but a footnote. As a member of this...

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cutouts gone wild!: david cassidy, “david cassidy”

David Cassidy – David Cassidy (1990)purchase this album The words “David Cassidy” and “minor MOR classic”...

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listening booth: jules shear, “dreams don’t count”

Jules Shear – Dreams Don’t Count (2006)purchase this album What do Danny Kortchmar, Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Cyndi Lauper,...

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listening booth: the veronicas, “the secret life of…”

The Veronicas – The Secret Life Of… (2006)purchase this album There was this girl when I was in high school — I forget...

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listening booth: jack johnson, “curious george”

Jack Johnson and Friends – Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the film Curious George (2006)purchase this album I’ve developed sort...

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the complete idiot’s guide to the smiths

jefito’s note: You see those two guys up there? That’s Ken from Gaper’s Blog and his old pal Jeff, otherwise known as the...

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cold shillin’: colin macintyre, “this is hope”

Got an e-mail from Matt at Wiredset Records, announcing the label’s impending Stateside release of Colin MacIntyre‘s This Is...

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cold shillin’: colin macintyre, “this is hope”

Got an e-mail from Matt at Wiredset Records, announcing the label’s impending Stateside release of Colin MacIntyre’s This Is...

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stereotype records

As some of you know, in a former life, I was a recording “artist”/label owner. From 1994 to 2001, I sat waist-deep in Grab Bag...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Best of Lost in the 80s: Year One – Hunters & Collectors

Another band Melbourne from punk’s ashes, Hunters & Collectors began life in 1981 as a raucous, horn-fueled live act, feeding...

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Books, Bookshelf

Bookshelf: Marilynn Robinson, “Gilead”

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004) purchase this book I’d never have believed I’d see a wife of mine doting on a child of...

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bookshelf: marilynne robinson, “gilead”

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)purchase this book I’d never have believed I’d see a wife of mine doting on a child of mine....

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Friday Mixed Bag: The Deserters, The Alarm, Great Buildings

When you talk about woefully obscure bands, arguably, the “Most Obscure Major Label Band of All Time Award” just may go to...

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bootleg city: john hiatt, “the other side”

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Bootleg City! Today’s visit takes us to The Other Side, a collection of live and...

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bootleg city: john hiatt, “the other side”

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Bootleg City! Today’s visit takes us to The Other Side, a collection of live and...

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Best of Lost in the 80s: Year One – The Other Ones

Originally presented on April 28, 2005. Another Lost in the ‘80s oddity…there’s not much biographical info or background...