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Watch Me: “Gunga Din” by The Libertines

So, hey, this new Libertines album is actually happening. The lads stayed sober enough to write, record, and even shoot a promotional clip for the first single, "Gunga Din." This is all good, promising stuff, and even more promising when you click play below. "Gunga Din," begins with a bottomed out shuffle of second-wave ska, recalling The Specials' "Ghost Town," more in spiritual manner than in a literal, note for note way. But instead of sulking about the streets, struggling to stay on their feet, as Libertines are wont to do, Pete Doherty and the boys perk up, rip shit up and turn this downer into a boisterous pub anthem.
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Watch Me: “Ong Ong” by Blur

There's a Blur review of their new album, The Magic Whip, sitting unfinished in draft. It exists, much like The Magic Whip exists. Really, the only thing I can say about The Magic Whip is that it exists. It's not about to replace Parklife as everyone's favorite Blur album. It won't inspire new listeners to explore Blur's back catalog. Neither, is it an embarrassment. It's mature, idiosyncratic melodies exist in a state of blah.
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Jam City: New Jams by Bully, Heartless Bastards, and KEN Mode

Fun fact #1: While attending college at Middle Tennessee State, Bully's Alicia Bognanno majored in Audio Engineering. She did her internship with noted engineer, Steve Albini. Fun Fact #2: Bognanno recorded Bully's forthcoming album, Feels Like (out June 23rd on Star Time International). Fun Fact #3: The fact that I just said Bognanno is an Albini disciple means many of you will play the below tracks without any further context.
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Watch Me: “Blessed” by KEN Mode

In the spirit of full disclosure, the album cover you see above for KEN Mode's forthcoming Success (6.15 on Seasons of Mist), looks an awful lot like my couch. Shit, I look an awful lot alike the man on the couch. My couch is covered with blankets and pillows and there's a work laptop sitting on my couch this very morning, and there are loose papers scattered on the couch, too. At one point this morning, I was bent over in the fuck my life pose. Better living through technology, yo! I can have a shit day at work from the comfort of my own home and it's only 9:30 in the morning.
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New Jam City: New Jams by Obnox, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Flesh Lights

After two albums where the lines between rock and hip-hop became increasing blurred, Obnox offers up something different as a first taste from his second album of 2015: a rocker, no slashes, no dashes, just a rocker.
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Play Me: “Made My Mind Up” by Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin's newest record, MCIII (out 5.5 on Merge), is being billed as his attempt at going big. For power pop artists, like Cronin, big is a relative term: ask Big Star or Sloan or Teenage Fanclub or Matthew Sweet. In terms of money and in terms of exposure, there's only so big a power-pop singer like Cronin can get, especially in today's music landscape where rock music has had to learn to accept its second-tier status.
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A Jam Packed Friday with Ty Segall, Nude Beach, Sloan, Lower Plenty, and The Afghan Whigs

Ty the Ripper is back. After a quiet end to 2013 with the downcast, and appropriately named solo album, Sleeper, garage-rock guitar hero, Ty Segall has returned to doing what he does best -- Ripping, shredding, going apeshit on guitar, giving zero fucks about being able to hear past the age of 40, sounding like Kurt Cobain stuck in San Francisco circa 1973, etc, exclamation point.
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A Jam Packed Thursday with Sloan, The New Pornographers, Elephant Stone and Shabazz Palaces

  During Sloan's 20+ years in the business, the band have always taken a democratic approach to their guitar pop. Each album contains a ...
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