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The 51 Best Albums Of 2013 - What Made Your List?

December 30th, 2013 6:00pm EST
Daft Punk
Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses. 2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed, its triumphs and flaws. One thing’s for sure – the top ten to fifteen albums are pretty close to the cream of the crop from my perspective. Here are the 50 (+1) best albums of 2013!

1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
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Captain Beefheart Dies At 69

December 18th, 2010 9:02am EST
Captain Beefheart
American rocker and painter Captain Beefheart has died at the age of 69.

The star passed away on Friday, according to a representative for the Michael Werner Gallery in New York. His exact cause of death was unknown, although he had long been suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Born Don Van Vliet, the singer rose to fame in the 1960s with his own style of blues and rock, later influencing artists such as Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

He recorded under the moniker Captain Beefheart with his pals in the Magic Band until 1982, before gradually moving away from the music ind...
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Eminem & Elton John Top Surprising Duets List

August 27th, 2010 9:35am EDT
Eminem
Eminem's bizarre 2001 Grammy Awards collaboration with Elton John has topped a new list of the Most Surprising Duets in musical history.

The odd couple beat Aerosmith and Run D.M.C., who teamed up for a rap-rock rendition of "Walk This Way" in 1986, and Dusty Springfield's 1987 chart smash with the Pet Shop Boys (What Have I Done To Deserve This) on Entertainment Weekly's new list.

Also making the top 10: Bing Crosby and David Bowie's "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy Christmas" collaboration, Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue's "Where The Wild Roses Go" and the KLF's "Justified & Ancient" due...
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Supergrass Release Sixth Studio Album; Will Tour With Foo Fighters

June 19th, 2008 6:30am EDT
Supergrass
Supergrass is back. A fantastic new album entitled Diamond Hoo Ha, a brand new home on Astralwerks, an extensive summer tour with Foo Fighters and a sixth studio album showcasing the youthful energy and witty musical stylings of these Britpop pioneers.

After a dozen years, Supergrass (Gaz Coombes-Vocals & Guitar, Mick Quinn-Bass & Vocals, Danny Goffey-Drums & Vocals, Rob Coombes-Keyboard) have rolled back home, and rolled back the years, while marching firmly into the future. "We wanted a record where you got all of Supergrass," says frontman Gaz. "The joy, the intensity, the darkness...
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Patton Oswalt Hosts The 2008 Plug Independent Music Awards

February 10th, 2008 9:00pm EST
Patton Oswalt
The Plug Independent Music Awards will be headlined by the legendary Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. This year's show--taking place at Terminal 5 in New York on March 6-- will see the esteemed band join previously announced performers St. Vincent and Jose Gonzalez and host Patton Oswalt. ." Additionally, seminal U.K.-based rapper and Mercury Prize winner Dizzee Rascal--whose Maths and English LP is nominated for "Best Hip Hop Album"--has been confirmed to perform.

The Impact Award which honors his influence on the independent music community through his exceptional work and career. Last ...
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Nick Cave And Warren Ellis' Score For 'The Assassination Of Jesse James' Out Feb. 5

December 9th, 2007 10:00am EST
The Assassination of Jesse James
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - of the internationally celebrated bands Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, The Dirty Three and Grinderman – release the soundtrack to the film The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford on Mute February 5th, 2008. February 5, 2008 also sees the film released on DVD. The soundtrack is currently available via digital download.

"The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" is a savage tale of the true American West. Director Andrew Dominik, who also directed the 2000 cult classic Chopper, brings his distinctive vision to this project;...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 22

September 22nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Andrea Bocelli
Happy Birthday to "Harry Potter" nemesis Tom Felton (1987), British pop singer Billie Piper (1982), Taking Back Sunday singer Adam Lazzara (1981), Brazilian supermodel Fernanda Tavares (1980), Brazilian soccer superstar Ronaldo (1976), rapper Mystikal (1975), British one-hit-wonder Chesney Hawkes (1971), "Match Point" actor Rupert Penry-Jones (1970), Weezer bassist Matt Sharp (1969), "Cheaper By The Dozen" actress Bonnie Hunt (1961), "Charles In Charge" actor Scott Baio (1961), rocker Joan Jett (1958), Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli (1958), Australian singer Nick Cave (1957), singer Debby Boo...
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British Pop Icons Erasure Announce New Studio Album, 'Light At The End Of The World,' Due May 22

April 20th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Erasure
Erasure-the iconic British pop duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clark who've sold more than 20 million albums worldwide-have released their new single "I Could Fall in Love With You" through Mute on April 3. The song is taken from their new album Light At The End Of The World due out May 22. Coming after 2006's Union Street-an acoustic album of drastically rearranged lesser-known Erasure songs that was recorded with a full band and underlined the enduring quality of the material--Light At The End Of The World is a potent return to classic, totally electronic Erasure form as last heard on 2005's ...
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Leonard Cohen's 40th Anniversary As A Columbia Artist Celebrated In 2007

March 20th, 2007 12:37pm EDT
Leonard Cohen
"Cohen, who was born in Montreal in 1934, was 33 years old when Songs of Leonard Cohen came out, old enough to embrace the creative momentum of the '60s counterculture without falling prey to its more naïve aspects. He had also been a published poet for more than ten years, and a novelist as well." - from the new liner notes written by Anthony DeCurtis

Like the ancient scriptures themselves, whose parables and lessons have always inspired the poetry and songwriting of 72-year old Leonard Cohen, the verses and cadences of his first trilogy of Columbia albums recorded between 1967 and ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 22

September 22nd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Andrea Bocelli
Happy Birthday to "Harry Potter" nemesis Tom Felton (1987), British pop singer Billie Piper (1982), Taking Back Sunday singer Adam Lazzara (1981), Brazilian supermodel Fernanda Tavares (1980), Brazilian soccer superstar Ronaldo (1976), rapper Mystikal (1975), British one-hit-wonder Chesney Hawkes (1971), "Match Point" actor Rupert Penry-Jones (1970), Weezer bassist Matt Sharp (1969), "Cheaper By The Dozen" actress Bonnie Hunt (1961), "Charles In Charge" actor Scott Baio (1961), rocker Joan Jett (1958), Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli (1958), Australian singer Nick Cave (1957), singer Debby Boo...
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"A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box" Features 53 Influential Tracks On 3 CDs And 12 Videos on DVD

September 12th, 2006 4:17pm EDT
The Gothic Box
Long before its black velvet and pale skin fashions crept into American malls, Goth music represented an underground movement led by fans who favored songs that tapped into the antisocial energy of punk but celebrated dark introspection, tempestuous atmospherics and visual panache. Rhino brings together influential bands that rarely or never participate in Gothic music compilations to create a fascinating cross-section of all matters pertaining to Goth with "A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box"his four-disc boxed set-three CDs and one DVD-will be available September 19.

In support of th...
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Yoko Ono Attacks Paul McCartney

October 11th, 2005 4:31pm EDT
John & Yoko
Yoko Ono launched a veiled attack against Sir Paul McCartney at yesterday's Q awards - branding him an inferior musician to John Lennon. The Japanese artist was at the prestigious ceremony to collect the Q Special Award on behalf of her late husband and took the opportunity to lay into John's former Beatles songwriting partner.

As she went up to collect the award, she said: "I wish John was here today as he would have really loved it. But I'd like to tell you a story about me and John. He always found it extraordinary that people would always cover Paul's songs, and I used to tell him...
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