My Fave Tracks, Sunday, April 24th, 2011

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1. Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Loving – John Lennon – An outtake and a weird one, the rhythm plods a little, and the great Lennon sounds nasally, and upset but not sexily. Compare to the warmth of his his vocals seven years later , everything you hear about Lennon's lost weekend is there for you to hear. 2. Gangsta – Tune-Yards – This woman is a genius but for some reason I don't listen to her very often: a world of sounds and a constant interruption, it is so angular, so syncopated, it sounds unlike anything …

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AP Tour Presents Black Veil Brides, D.R.U.G.S., I See Stars at Gramercy Theater, Friday, April 15th, 2011

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It is new if you have never seen it before, and the games and rituals at post-hardcore concerts are new to me: a series of tics and conventions, rituals and participations, set in stone thru the many years I have neglected it. It is like hip hop in that sense and also in another. What constitutes rap is rhymes broken up by samples, hip hop is songs interrupted by raps -both of which owe unrepayable debts to Diddy and Biggie; and hardcore, songs interrupted by the bowels of the devil screams as propagated by Fugazi in the 1980s. All three …

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