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R.E.M. and Wilco Webcast Live Tonight

R.E.M. began their six-week North American tour last Friday at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, where they have been working on their next studio album. They have a new collection, In Time: The Best Of R.E.M., 1988-2003, coming out in October. The second show of the tour, tonight in Missoula, Montana, …

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Toga!

The rerelease of Animal House on DVD is a pretty big deal for me and apparently for many – it was a sell out at our local Wal-Mart. My obsession is in ample evidence in this analysis of the movie, and this look at the soundtrack. But there are people …

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The Biggest Punk Record of All Time

Though veterans of two EP’s and two albums on Lookout Records, the East Bay’s Green Day (Billy Joe Armstrong – guitar, vocals; Mike Pritchard – bass, vocals; Tre Cool – drums) were barely in their 20’s when they came to Reprise Records seeking Rob Cavallo for his work with the …

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London ’77

A sloppy, disgusting, glorious mess, and the first documentation of the London punk scene, the great The Roxy London W.C.2 (Jan.-Apr. ’77) live compilation beats you over the head with the earliest Buzzcocks (‘Breakdown,” “Love Battery”), Wire (“1.2.X.U.,” “Lowdown”), X-Ray Spex (“Oh Bondage! Up Yours!”), The Adverts (“Bored Teenagers”), and …

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Ramones – End of the Century

While most agree the Ramones’ astonishing first album – which roared through the competition like a 747 in a paper airplane contest – is their most important album, it isn’t my favorite. My favorite is one of the band’s most eccentric, produced by the enigmatic pop icon Phil Spector, and …

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Ramones – Ramones

What can you say about the Ramones’ first album, other than that it is THE American punk album, an endless wellspring of monolithic noise, energy and attitude? Working for Sire Records, producer/talent scout Craig Leon became involved with the percolating New York underground music scene. One summer night in ’75 …

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John Cale – Proto-punk Producer

Besides being a founding member of the ur-punk band Velvet Underground, John Cale also produced three seminal proto-punk albums, the debuts of Iggy Pop’s Stooges, the Modern Lovers, and the Patti Smith Group. Cale met Elektra owner Jac Holzman in the late-’60s, who asked him to produce the first Stooges …

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NoFX – White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean

NoFX’s White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean, besides having a hilarious politically incorrect title, is ’90s punk at its dangerous but lovable best. Released eleven years ago by the original and best version of NoFX, the title refers to band members Erik Ghint (drums), Fat Mike (bass, vocals), Eric …

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Punky Party

Edna Gunderson (has there ever been a less rock ‘n’ roll name) of USA Today has a nice overview of punk as it approaches the 30-year mark – trust no genre over 30? The monolithic din that rose up against disco and prog-rock in the ’70s has splintered into sonic …

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