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Well, shit--JUST when we'd finally recovered from 11/11/11, here comes the titanic saturnalia we like to call 12/12/12! So hey, here's 12 songs with "12"/"twelve" in the title, because what the fuck else.
This week neo-pop superstar Beck announced the release of Song Reader, a new "album" in the form of sheet music. The finished product offers nothing to listen to; just 20 sheets of notation collected in a "lavishly produced hardcover carrying case," according to the publishing outfit McSweeney's, wh ... More >>
Wilco w/Nick Lowe Central Park SummerStage Friday, September 23 Better than: Standing in one place for two hours in the rain in Central Park without Wilco. The dudes from NYCTaper peer up at the steady falling rain and the umbrella perched over their microphones, worried that the drops' patter ... More >>
Rock 'n' roll playpen
Revisiting the clever, propulsive joys of Labour of Lust
That's Flansburgh on the rightJohn Flansburgh stands as the younger, more bespectacled half of They Might Be Giants, a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston band he has been playing in for more than half his life (Their latest album is Here Comes Science, their fourth children's album and 14th or so stud ... More >>
Dwayne Carter proves rappers can make lousy rock albums, too
Free Energy bring the good stuff
Rock's modest man Nick Lowe enjoys new perks
Triple-A sirens contemplate blood, oil, and coffee with varying degrees of enthusiasm
But you'll live.
The appealingly jaundiced cynicism of a pop band with a soul and a brain
The mellow and wonderful travails of Nick Lowe, the eternally heartbroken heartbreaker
Barroom gal's enticing shine transcends limited pub image
Avoiding the Grave With Mr. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One.