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October 6, 2010 After nearly three years of sharing her insights on music, film and pop culture, Carrie Brownstein bids her readers farewell. Though she'll occasionally contribute to the All Songs Considered blog, Carrie is moving on to several new projects.
May 13, 2010 In the the high-stakes and elitist world of music collecting and fandom, we operate from an ab ovo perspective. The seed, the first incarnation -- that is the most pure, the most lauded. Minutemen trumps Firehose, Throwing Muses beats Belly, Joy Division over New Order, Operation Ivy ruled Rancid, Undertones instead of That Petrol Emotion.
May 12, 2010 Titled "The Ten Commandments of Rock and Roll," the rules are self-effacing, bordering on masochistic; they obliterate the roadie's personal needs, replacing them with the goal of working toward the greater good of the tour — or, more specifically, the benefit of the band.
May 4, 2010 A lot of the music probably came from a YMCA songbook. Some tunes were spiritual and felt pseudo-religious, like the ones we had to sing before each meal; others were silly or veered towards the dirty before turning out to be G-rated after all. As...
April 15, 2010 Saturday, April 17, is the third annual Record Store Day. Let's celebrate by giving props to the record stores in our lives. What was the first independent record store that shaped, inspired or merely catered to your musical tastes?
April 14, 2010 The first fan letter I ever wrote was to Ricky Schroder. I told him all about my life in the suburbs of Seattle: bicycling on weekends down to Marymoor Park, how many goals I scored in soccer, getting cast as Narrator #1 in Three Ships, a play abo...
March 23, 2010 Anyone who's old, or getting there, doesn't need a reminder. And most of us music fans see or hear enough great music throughout the year — made by both 18- and 80-year olds — to know that it's not the years that suck both the musician and the a...
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March 18, 2010 Alex Chilton's band changed lives. With Big Star, music felt limitless, freer, but also more whole. How did they do that?
March 17, 2010 For Carrie Brownstein, it was love at first speaker blow-out. She forwards the MySpace pages of HoZac Records bands — Woven Bones, Dum Dum Girls — to friends, drops the label's name in interviews and mostly (and most joyously) listens to whateve...
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February 10, 2010 Valentine's Day is nearly upon us! You've probably been wondering about -- perhaps even waiting for -- the annual Monitor Mix Valentine's Day post. Fear not: That day has arrived. For 2010, Monitor Mix will help you plan a romantic evening; whethe...
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