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MIXTAPE:  May Day

Article: MIXTAPE: May Day

Happy May Day! Yes, “mayday” can be used as a distress signal, but for many countries around the world, May Day is a joyous holiday that celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labor movement.

The Best Free Album You’ll Download Today…

Article: The Best Free Album You’ll Download Today…

Last year, after an eight year hiatus between solo albums, Del The Funky Homosapien teamed up with hip-hop indie, Def Jux, to release Eleventh Hour. One year later, Del The Funky Homosapien has another solo album to his name, Funk Man (stimulus package), and is giving it out for F-R-E-E!

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, The Movie

Article: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, The Movie

Even though a Mike Tyson documentary, Tyson, was just released last week, and Jamie Foxx is currently promoting his film, The Soloist, there is already talk of the multi-faceted actor portraying Iron Mike in an upcoming biopic.

Matt & Kim Make the New York Post

Article: Matt & Kim Make the New York Post

Matt and Kim’s bare-all music video, “Lessons Learned,” not only got a shout-out from the Indie Ear blog this week, but also received a full-page write-up in the New York Post.

Indie Ear Crossword Puzzle #5

Article: Indie Ear Crossword Puzzle #5

Like crossword puzzles? Like indie-minded music? Need something to do to make your work day a little more interesting? I think we’ve got just the thing for you:

SUPER TUESDAY:  New Album Releases (April 28)

Article: SUPER TUESDAY: New Album Releases (April 28)

West coast punks don’t want you to put beverages on the table without using protection, two well-known Bens have new releases this week, a well-known Bob drops his 33rd solo album, get ready to start saying “Mike Jones” again, and a handful of bands (that you might not have heard of) deliver us some quality…

Matt & Kim Get Naked in Times Square

Article: Matt & Kim Get Naked in Times Square

Matt and Kim are no strangers to showing a little skin in their music videos. In the clip “Yea Yeah,” (off their debut album, S/T) the indie-pop-duo briefly turn their backs to camera (2:40) and change shirts during a raucous food fight. If the sight of barebacks in that video made you blush, I don’t…

Who Is This “Rock Star” They’re Talking About?

Article: Who Is This “Rock Star” They’re Talking About?

While reading this week’s Sports Illustrated, an article’s (“It’s Like You Never Left, Kid”) sub-headline caught my attention: Grown Men reduced to tears, a rock star downloading 14-year-old playoff footage on his iPhone, an entire city falling in love all over again: Ken Griffey Jr. is back in Seattle, and, damn, it feels good

My Favorite Blog Posting of The Week…

Article: My Favorite Blog Posting of The Week…

You’d think that after writing a daily blog, the last thing I’d want to do with my spare time is read someone else’s blog, but–hey–call me a glutton for punishment (a blogaholic if you will).

Rock and Roll Hero:  Brad Henry

Article: Rock and Roll Hero: Brad Henry

What a roller coaster ride! For the last month and a half I’ve been following the story about The Flaming Lips’ song, “Do You Realize??“, which was recently voted–by over 21,000 people–as the official rock song for the state of Oklahoma. The Lips’ tune was in contention against nine other Oklahoma-born artists’ songs:

LIKE IT?  LOVE IT?  HATE IT?

Article: LIKE IT? LOVE IT? HATE IT?

What do you think about this one? Billy Corgan ripping a promo (that’s wrestling speak) for a TNA (that’s the wrestling company not owned by Vince McMahon) Pay-Per-View.

LISTS:  10 Coolest Couples In Music

Article: LISTS: 10 Coolest Couples In Music

Spring is in the air! Put away those winter coats, because the birds are tweeting, the flowers are blooming, and people are falling in love.

Ben Lee Embraces His Inner Female

Article: Ben Lee Embraces His Inner Female

Ben Lee’s seventh studio album, The Rebirth Of Venus, will be released stateside this upcoming Tuesday, but if you don’t want to wait a week to listen to it (or swap digital files with your friends overseas), Lee is currently streaming it–in its entirety–on his MySpace page.

10RW:  You Should Be Excited About Lollapalooza

Article: 10RW: You Should Be Excited About Lollapalooza

Yesterday, the official line-up was announced for this year’s Lollapalooza festival, which will be held in Chicago’s Grant Park on the weekend of April August 7-9. This is the fifth year of the re-vamped Lollapalooza–which transformed from traveling tour in the ’90s to one-stop-shop festival in the ’00s–and the fifth time it will take place…

TALK:  Mr. Lif

Article: TALK: Mr. Lif

Today marks the release date of Mr. Lif’s third full-length album, I Heard It Today, which he considers to be the true follow up to his debut, I Phantom (2002), rather than the actual follow up, Mo’ Mega (2006). Although, Mr. Lif claims all is well with his record label home, Def Jux, the politically-minded,…

SUPER TUESDAY:  New Album Releases (April 21)

Article: SUPER TUESDAY: New Album Releases (April 21)

Today we get new ones from two highly-respected, dance-inspired acts from the UK, that guy who “loves college,” the supergroup featuring members of Hanson and Smashing Pumpkins, and the debut from Pharrell and Kanye’s favorite new act (who’s named after the guy who sculpted the Lincoln Memorial):

IT’S LIKE THAT:  Here’s To “The Sag”

Article: IT’S LIKE THAT: Here’s To “The Sag”

Just the other day while I was taking the subway downtown, I noticed a teenager wearing a pair of jeans (purposely) drooped down to his kneecaps. It caught my attention, because he was also wearing a long, baggy shirt, which made it look like he had a really loooonnnggg torso. Even if this kid pulled…

Monday Morning Coachella-Quarterback

Article: Monday Morning Coachella-Quarterback

Did you miss the 10th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend–the unofficial kickoff to the U.S. summer festival season? Don’t worry, I did too. Fortunately, the masses brought their cellphone cameras and camera-cameras and other recording devices to capture the action we missed:

Moby and David Lynch Are Homies

Article: Moby and David Lynch Are Homies

Besides a few well-written journal posts on his website announcing the release date of his new album, Wait For Me (June 30), Moby also made available a free download of the lead single from his album, “Shot In The Back Of The Head,” as well as a download of the video–which was directed by David…

MUSIC FLICKS:  Wayne’s World

Article: MUSIC FLICKS: Wayne’s World

Last week, Lips and Rob, of the underappreciated–yet highly influential–metal band, Anvil, got their day in the spotlight when the documentary, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, received rave reviews from various media outlets (the movie may also help score them a record deal). The last time two jean-jacket-wearin’, hard-rock-lovin’ buddies received this much attention from…

You Know Your Band Has Made It When…

Article: You Know Your Band Has Made It When…

Like many other music-minded New Yorkers, I’m in a band. I do it mostly for fun, but, yes, there are some afternoons where I daydream of selling out an arena show, leaping into an adoring crowd, and being passed around from the floor all the way to the upper-deck seats in section 808?

Gimme Some of That Midwest, Underground Hip-Hop

Article: Gimme Some of That Midwest, Underground Hip-Hop

Hip-hop was born in the Bronx, years later some said that the West Coast was the “best coast”, and others could argue that the Dirty South made the most impressive mark on hip-hop in the 2000′s. Not to be outdone, Rhymesayers Entertainment–the Minneapolis-based label run by Slug of Atmosphere–is representing the Midwest with its underground…

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