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Wednesday December 21, 2005 12:04 am EST
'Tis the season to finally accomplish your goal of getting everyone that perfect gift; you'll only be in debt until next year, which is better than last year's expenses, which you're still paying for. Do the holidays make you want to pour eggnog on Grandpa's head and beg for a Prozac prescription? If so, here are the best songs to parallel your frayed nerves and perhaps save poor Grandpa's... | more...

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Wednesday December 14, 2005 12:04 am EST
I Hope You Are All Happy Now | more...

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Wednesday December 14, 2005 12:04 am EST
For those of us who treat our music collections like the overzealous, organizational freaks we are, the Container Store provides tons of options for storing our archives ... or anything else we can think of, really. However, the music wafting overhead during a recent visit there did little to inspire me to summon the energy (and the cash) to contain my CDs in one of its Elfa CD and video... | more...

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Wednesday December 14, 2005 12:04 am EST
Conversations with Tom Petty | more...

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Wednesday December 7, 2005 12:04 am EST

Nowadays, it's de rigeur for a successful rapper to endorse products, from iPods and cell phones to action figures and potato chips. But which products truly stretch the boundaries of what a rapper is capable of as a businessperson, and which ones go beyond good taste? And when is Hanes going to unveil the Dem Franchize Boyz-brand white T-shirt?

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Wednesday November 30, 2005 12:04 am EST
It's getting cold outside (finally!) and it's always nice to have some wine or cider, curl up next to the fire and listen to some relaxing holiday music. Unless, of course, you accidentally curl up with one of the innocuous, mind-numbing, one-off holiday pop efforts of recent years. Then your night will just suck mistletoe as you bleed from your brain. I'm giving Mariah Carey a break this year... | more...

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Wednesday November 16, 2005 12:04 am EST
INXS: Story to Story | more...

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Wednesday November 16, 2005 12:04 am EST

Yeah, you got that kryptonite, but do you got that purp? Not the street-sweeper mix tape Got That Purp, but the Virgin Records/Big Boi's Purple Ribbon Label-certified, Nov. 22-released Got Purp? Vol. 2. If you haven't copped it yet, here are some of the highlights:

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1) The "label woes" track: On "Dungeon Family Dedication," Killer Mike makes a case for Dungeon Family as a highly slept-on...

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Wednesday November 16, 2005 12:04 am EST
We B*Girlz | more...

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Wednesday November 9, 2005 12:04 am EST

Mary's karaoke host CJ is the "King of Karaoke," the "Maestro of Mary's," and the self-proclaimed "Prince of Perfect Pitch." But when you sing the following songs, CJ is forced to hide in the bathroom. (Or at least that's why he says he's in there so much.)

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1) "Sexual Healing" — Marvin Gaye: Think you'd never sing this one? Better not down that Buttery Nipple. Tipsy does not equal...

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Friday November 4, 2005 08:26 am EST

The underground roundtable, featuring Mendez, Murph, Mike, Jabari, Dosa, and Chante, recorded at Django.

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Wednesday November 2, 2005 12:04 am EST

Sometimes the underscoring you hear in a flick can be just the added shot in the arm that really gets your blood pumping. Classical music, especially, can be some pretty powerful stuff. By no means a master list, here are five instances of movie magic that can be directly attributed to some dead guy's musical machismo. Got it? Good.

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1) "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1" — Elgar:...

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Wednesday October 26, 2005 12:04 am EDT
When seen branded on shirts and shoulders, great band logos leave everything and nothing to the imagination. They are suggestive icons that say street fightin' man or social activist as quickly as they do like-minded music fan. These vibrant and often violent imprints represent, and sometimes almost eclipse, the music. Take, for example, the "heartagram" emblem of H.I.M. (His Infernal Majesty),... | more...

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Wednesday October 26, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Edited by Will Hermes and Sia Michel, Three Rivers Press, $19.95 | more...

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Wednesday October 26, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Music journalist Ronin Ro does not miss a beat in his account of how high-school-age, block-party performers transformed into Grammy award-winning rap group Run-D.M.C. But if you were teaching a course on the evolution of hip-hop, Raising Hell: The Reign, Ruin and Redemption of Run-D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay would be supplemental, not required, reading.

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Wednesday October 19, 2005 12:04 am EDT
As part of the ongoing Brand Atlanta Campaign, the Atlanta Committee for Progress enlisted veteran producer Dallas Austin to create a song that extols the virtues of the city in a catchy, successful way (we hope), and it's set to debut at halftime of the Falcons-Jets game Mon., Oct. 24. With that in mind, I set my Georgia peach-colored iPod on random and came up with a few other songs that... | more...

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Friday October 14, 2005 08:25 am EDT

George W, The Supreme Court and why can't they sell tennis shoes recorded at Taco Mac in Downtown Decatur, GA.

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Wednesday October 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Hardcore icon, writer and punk philosopher Henry Rollins brings "25 Years of Bullshit," his latest "talking tour," to Variety Playhouse Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 13-14. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorites from Rollins' impressive quarter-century of work.

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1) "This Is Good" — Black Flag: From Loose Nut, the first of three varied albums the prolific band released in '85. This one...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The Pocket DJ: Ultragrrrl's Guide to Building the Best Music Library | more...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Go Ask Ogre: Letter from a Deathrock Cutter | more...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Gigantor — one-third of Atlanta-based drum 'n' bass production trio Evol Intent — acts as producer, DJ and label co-owner/operator. Evol Intent has had productions internationally featured on Barcode, Renegade Hardware, and Human Recordings.

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1) "The Flipside" — Evol Intent vs. Blip: "The obligatory personal track us Evol boys made, this is on our forthcoming Renegade...

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Friday September 30, 2005 05:24 am EDT

FEMA, George W. Bush, the Supreme Court, and a visit from the Tequila Fairy, all from F.R.O.G.S. Cantina in beautiful Midtown Atlanta.

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Wednesday September 28, 2005 12:04 am EDT

A member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for seven years, cellist Karen Freer performs in recital Tues., Oct. 4, 8 p.m., at the Schwartz Center. Though navigating recordings of classical music can be a daunting task for a casual listener, Freer breaks down her "top five" picks of exemplary cello music:

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1) Cello Sonatas — composed by Brahms, performed by Jacqueline du Pré, cello;...

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Monday September 26, 2005 08:22 am EDT

Ed and Aaron discuss the fall movies picks, hits and misses.

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Wednesday September 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Leah Love is the new publicity and promotions rep at Eddie's Attic. She sorts through tons of band press kits and promo packs daily. Here, she offers some constructive criticism and advice for hopeful — and, in some cases, hopeless — musicians trying to get a gig.

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1) Avoid John Mayer: "Do not drop the John Mayer bomb. Every musician in this city has either played with him,...

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Wednesday September 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT

On Sat., Sept. 17, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame inducts Kentucky native and longtime Dallas, Ga., resident Patty Loveless. Loveless has a slew of hits and a veritable gold mine of great tracks across her catalog, including:

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1) "If My Heart Had Windows" — Loveless makes this Dallas Frazer-penned tune her own with a perfect mix of adoration and sincerity. Even George "the Possum"...

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Tuesday September 13, 2005 08:21 am EDT

Ed and Aaron talk about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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Wednesday September 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Some people say there's nothing but crap on the radio, so we thought we'd do a non-emergency test of what Atlanta's stations were broadcasting Thurs., Sept. 1, between 3:15 and 3:20 p.m. Here are the results of our quick scan so you can decide for yourselves.

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1) PSA — On WRAS-FM (88.5), aka "the Voice of Georgia State University," we hear the tail-end of a public service announcement...

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Wednesday August 31, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Paul Whitelaw | more...

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Wednesday August 31, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Danyel Smith | more...

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Wednesday August 31, 2005 12:04 am EDT

The I-75 stretch from Atlanta to Macon is heavy on Waffle Houses and middle fingers but short on lively roadside scenery. Some of these tunes eased the ride along and the other tracks stuck in my head after arriving on a rainy, rainy Friday.

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1) "Hard Luck Guy" — Eddie Hinton: Part of the Drive-By Truckers' PA music and one of the most beautifully tortured vocal takes ever recorded....

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Friday August 26, 2005 05:17 am EDT

Ed and Aaron discuss what they'll be doing this weekend, along with what's in the paper this week. Pardon Ed's profanity!

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Wednesday August 24, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Local musician par excellence and connoisseur of ATL hedonism Chris MF Case knows a successful night out begins at home. So here are his top five pre-club motivational jams guaranteed to get any crew off the couch and out in the club.

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1) "Dirty Harry" — Gorillaz: "Epic rock laced with a Danger Mouse style. By the breakdown, I'm charging out the door with the eye of the tiger. It's...

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Friday August 19, 2005 05:16 am EDT

Ed and Aaron discuss the price of gas, bands on reunion tours, what happened to the dinosaurs, and how bacon is our future.

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Wednesday August 17, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Retired MJQ resident Gnosis remembers when Atlanta was a great place for architects and dilettantes. Recently he's been mashing up Arabic pop, reggaeton and crunk at sweaty house parties while patiently awaiting Williamsburg's word that mixing is again fashionable and dancing to the same dozen songs each week is no longer in style.

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1) Congotronics LP — Konono No.1: "Old guys along the...

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Wednesday August 10, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Preston Craig, founder and one of the DJs at the Decatur Social Club on Friday nights at Azul, goes out five nights a week, and looks out for new music when he doesn't. Visit www.kissatlanta.com for his commentary.

1) "400 Days" — Bravo Silva: "Ever broken up with someone and found yourself emulating some of their worst behavior post-break up? The boys behind Bravo Silva appearing at the...

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT

While most dread airport delays, I relished my recent seven-hour stay at Hartsfield-Jackson thanks to the occasional tunes that drifted down from terminal speakers. I suspect, but cannot confirm, that the handpicked hot hits (from the '80s, '90s and today) come straight from TSA officials' iPods.

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1) "Speed of Sound" — Coldplay: Oh, if only I were flying to London ... or Leeds, or...

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Party Like a Rock Star (Even When You're Poor as Dirt) | more...

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT
From the Velvets to the Voidoids: The Birth of American Punk Rock | more...

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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Urban Body Fitness wants to assist you in the quest for cardiovascular health. Oh yes! To this end, the crack health professionals behind the counter pump satellite XM Radio station BPM (81) into their concrete/cardio holding pen. Here's a sampling from a recent visit that kicked things up a notch in my workout while sweating away on the treadmill (because elliptical machines are for babies).... | more...