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Interviews: James Williamson (The Stooges)

Posted by johng on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Image Get this. James Williamson of the Stooges is a nerd. Like, he's a huge, colossal, gigantic nerd. The man who resurrected the Stooges, the man who wrote the nasty, nasty licks for Raw Power, the man who ran with the wildest, most drugged-out band ever, the man who plays riffs that can cut a car in half, is a Pointdexter.

Do you know why Williamson's music record is blank from about 1980 through 2009? It's because after the colossal drug trips and catastrophes that were Raw Power and Kill City, Williamson did a little production work for Iggy and then moved to California, went to college, and got a job right away at a computer company in the Silicon Valley.

And then, do you know what he did after that? He was so good at computers that he worked his way up to being Vice President of Technical Standards for Sony. That's right, the man who stood next to Iggy as he got his ass kicked by rednecks on Metallic K.O. eventually became one of the most important guys in the tech field, meaning that not only is he perhaps rock's most important guitarist, but he's also one of the computer industry's most important computer guys. Because Williamson mastered both the rock and computers field, making us all look like lazy slackers, features editor John Gentile called up Williamson for the story on how he transitioned from the stage to the computer age.

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New Review Update: April 23, 2014

Posted by johng on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Image This is John G and today we've got a "counter-point" review. Man, I love debate. Judging by your comments, it seems that a lot of you enjoy debate as well. In fact, I've heard some of you are master-debaters...

Today's reviews are:
Looking for another (or any) review? Head here. Want to submit your own review? Do that here.

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Media: Portugal. The Man: “Endangered Song”

Contributed by alex101. Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
Portugal. The Man To celebrate Earth Day yesterday, Portugal. The Man partnered with Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute for a project called "Endangered Song" to help spread awareness of the endangered Sumatran Tiger. The project is explained as:

We've asked 400 influences to raise awareness and inspire change by digitizing the previously unreleased song and sharing it online using #EndangeredSong. The 400 late-cut poly carbonate records are the only copies in existence and will actually degrade over time as the record is played. The song will go extinct unless it's digitally reproduced. The Sumatran tiger will go extinct unless we take action. This is the Endangered Song Project.

You can learn more about the project here. And you can click Read More for the song by Portugal. The Man.

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Media: Freeman: “(For A While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like A Man” (ex-Ween)

Contributed by alex101. Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
ImageAaron Freeman, who was formerly known as Gene Ween of Ween, has formed a new band simply called Freeman. They've posted the first single called "(For A While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like A Man" that will release their self-titled debut on July 22, 2014 via Partisan Records.

The single follows Aaron Freeman's last official release as "Gene Ween" which was called Gener's Gone: The Final Demo Recordings of Gene Ween (2009-2011) which was quietly posted online late last year.

You can click Read More for the stream of the new single, the track listing, as well as a stream of Gener's Gone.

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Media: Strong City: “12x9” and “Stay Awhile”

Contributed by an Anonymous Source. Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM (EDT)
ImageStrong City has posted two new tracks from their forthcoming album (untitled as of yet). The songs are titled "12x9" and "Stay Awhile." You can click Read More for the streams.

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Media: The Jazz June: Over Underground

Posted by johng on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Image Emo-champions The Jazz June (or "indie rockers" if you want to be diplomatic) have released their first song in twelve years. The track is called "Over Underground" and is off a split with Dikembe. You can check out the jacked-up, rampaging track over at NPR.

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Videos: Young Ladies: “Head Back Home”

Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Image Young Ladies, who actually don't feature any young ladies, but rather gentlemen from Latterman, Monikers, Bridge and Tunnel, Discount and Daytrader, have posted a video for their song "Head Back Home." You can click Read More for the video.

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Media: Museum Mouth: “Drool”

Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Museum Mouth Brooklyn Vegan has premiered a new song from Museum Mouth titled "Drool." The song will appear on their upcoming album, Alex I Am Nothing, out on May 27 via Self Aware Records. The band describes the album as:

Alex I Am Nothing is a concept album about becoming obsessed with someone you can not have. The chords and song structures throughout the record stay consistent, there are repeated lyrical themes and the album is bookended with two "Alex" tracks.

You can click Read More for the song.

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Tours: Subhumans/Mischief Brew (Canada/USA)

Posted by johng on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM (EDT)
Image UK's legendary Subhumans are going on tour with USA's legendary Mischief Brew! It's going to be a regular anarcho-love fest. (Wear protection). Just before that, the Brew is playing a show in their hometown of Philadelphia with none other than Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine. You can click read more for the dates.

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Mongrel signs to Unable Records

Contributed by UnableRecords. Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM (EDT)
ImageBoston's Mongrel has signed to Unable Records with a June 3, 2014 release date for a five-song EP titled Evolution.

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The Swellers release rarities compilation

Posted by johng on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM (EDT)
The Swellers The Swellers have released a b-side and rarities compilation. The release is digital only and includes 17 tracks. The band stated:
To us, these tracks are priceless. Some of them show our earliest efforts in songwriting while others show the process it took to make our records what they are today. We never thought some of these strange demos would ever see the light of day, but we had so much fun opening up the vault and seeing what was in there.
You can stream the release by clicking read more.

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