Insound’s Tip Jar: A Sign That “Making Your Money On The Road” May Not Be All That Viable A Strategy

By: Maura // June 3, 2008

Last night Glenn at Coolfer noticed that the indie-leaning retailer Insound had instituted a new program called Give More, Get More, which allows people who purchase digital albums to earmark 25 cents of the purchase price toward one of six bands to help support their next national touring effort. (The current beneficiaries are The Big… More »

Maybe I Picked The Wrong Time To Pay For A Year Of Sirius

By: Dan Gibson // June 3, 2008

While the conglomerations behind terrestrial radio stations do their best to stop the proposed XM/Sirius merger, the still-separate satellite radio providers look they might be in a bit of financial trouble. More »

Journey Welcomes Back Record Buyers With Open Arms

By: Dan Gibson // June 3, 2008

From time to time, we like to round up the all-important, all-summarizing last sentences of the biggest new-music reviews. Under consideration in this installment is Journey’s new full-length and first album featuring Arnel Pineda, Revelation, which hits Wal-Marts across the country today. Unfortunately, critical appraisals of the album are somewhat sparse, so we’re featuring commentsMore »

M.I.A. Announces Engagement After Fretting Over Green Card

By: anthonyjmiccio // June 2, 2008

A few days after M.I.A. joked about getting Kanye West to marry her so she could get a green card and stay in the U.S. long enough for them to collaborate, the Edmonton Sun claims that she’s going to the tie the knot with Benjamin Brewer, a guitarist for the NY band Exit. Mr. Brewer… More »

Your Pretty Ricky Update

By: Maura // June 2, 2008

What’s up with the lewd singing group who kept the Shins from the album chart’s top spot last year and inspired young men to put the “sex” in “sectional?”… More »

Bo Diddley R.I.P.

By: Maura // June 2, 2008

Rolling Stone is reporting that pioneering rock guitarist Bo Diddley died this morning at age 79 in Florida because of heart failure. Diddley, born Elias Bates in 1928, had been recovering from a heart attack and stroke that he suffered last year. More »

Cof Cof Liven Up Your Summer Playlist

By: Kate Richardson // June 2, 2008

Your overall opinion on Spanish duo Cof Cof will depend entirely on your tolerance for blippy, tongue-in-cheek dance music. They hover in that often unbearable, sometimes incredibly endearing laptop pop universe, oscillating somewhere between the cleverness and originality of The Blow, the nasty, hedonistic riot that is Gravy Train!!!!, and the sweet charm of Houston’… More »

Annie, “I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me”

By: Maura // June 2, 2008

I’ve raved about this song before, but hearing it on a properly summerlike day only serves to solidify my feelings that this song was pretty much designed to be ear candy for the sort of people who would spend their first-blushes-of-the-Z100-era days listening to a tinny boombox and getting… More »

Hotstylz, “Lookin Boy (ft. Yung Joc)”

By: Michaelangelo Matos // June 2, 2008

Definitive proof that at this point in history the “clean” version is invariably better than the “explicit” one is this bonkers, skittering round of playful insults by an incredibly loose Chicago rap trio (plus host/guest Yung Joc). More »

My Chemical Romance Fans Serenade The Daily Mail

By: anthonyjmiccio // June 2, 2008

Despite the Daily Mail‘s claims that its reportage on the “emo suicide cult” was “balanced, restrained, and above all, in the public interest,” a small herd of darkly dressed teenagers jumped around and sang My Chemical Romance in a creepy “We love you, Conrad” unison within shouting distance of the paper’s offices on Saturday. A… More »

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