Record Store Day

April 21st was the fifth annual Record Store Day, the third Saturday in April where participating independent record stores receive exclusive releases from musicians specifically for the event which takes place across North America. These releases are typically on vinyl and are made up of remixes, b-sides, new material or re-issued versions of old recordings. This year was my first

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It’s Grammy night

Tonight is the Grammy awards, the biggest night in music, and I’ll be live-blogging as well as the occasional tweet. The awards begin to be given out in about 40 minutes for the non-televised categories. It all starts there. The ones I pick up on during that time I’ll mention here before the actual awards start tonight. Bringing the Grammys

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2011 American Music Awards: Liveblog

I’ve never liveblogged before. Unless you count my ongoing tweets on Twitter a few months back for the MTV Music Awards. I’ve seen liveblogging occurring on actual blog sites before and figured I’ve have a crack at it while a live event was going on. I’m choosing the American Music Awards. The AMAs are less classy, more casual than the

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Musical Authenticity

If you were to ask me whether this year has been a good year in popular music so far, I’d give a pretty good “yes”. But when I think a bit more about it, it occurs to me that most of the year has been dominated by last year’s music. Katy Perry, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj all released their albums

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