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Biafra’s New School, Golden Age Bloopers, and Criterion Online

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  After all that shouting and scheming, EMI will not be selling Abbey Road Studios. (NYT)   Jello Biafra, singer of seminal L.A. punk band The Dead Kennedys, is now touring the country with his new band…wait for it… The Guantanamo School of Medicine. (Brooklyn Vegan)   Here’s a rarity, a blooper reel from Hollywood’s Golden Age including flubs by ... Read More »

The Scene In Six Sounds: Underrated and Influential

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  This week we”re going sing of the unsung heroes, the musician’s musicians, bands that get mentioned in every “influences” column on MySpace but still, somehow, manage to sell a measly number of records next to their more commercially accessible rivals. We’re talking hardcore rockers who couldn’t make it on to the radio, the wacky iconoclasts who were just to ... Read More »

Required Listening

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While we’re not always fans of compilation albums, sometimes a single record can capture an entire movement in music history. This weekend we went back into the vaults and rediscovered ‘Rock at the Edge‘, the 1977 comp that features a who’s-who of New York protopunk pioneers, including Blank Generation all-stars Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Lou Reed and Debbie Harry. Pop ... Read More »

A Fictional Scene Becomes Fact

In 2003, Michael Muhammad Knight self-published his novel ‘The Taqwacores,’ the story of a fictional Muslim punk music scene in Rochester, N.Y. He invented the scene, and even its name — the word taqwacore comes from the Islamic concept of taqwá, meaning “god-consciousness,” mashed with the music genre of hardcore. Six years later, the book has been picked up by Soft ... Read More »

New York Rock City

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We couldn’t let September 11th pass without giving a shout out to our beloved hometown, New York City. So today, here’s our top 10 New York City music moments, on video and in no particular order, after the jump. With so much to choose from these are just a few of our favorites — did yours make the list?   Read More »

Behind The Scene: Brisbane

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The recipe for a rock ‘n’ roll explosion is simple: Take a bunch of frustrated teenagers. Mix equal parts isolation and desolation. Stir in a lot of boredom and add a conservative society for good measure. That’s exactly what gave birth to Brisbane, Australia’s mid-’70s art rock revolution.    From the moment The Saints released their genre-defining “(I’m) Stranded” — ... Read More »

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