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Christopher Owens on the Children of God and His ‘New Testament': “It’s My Own Take on Pop”

The video for Girls’ “Hellhole Ratrace” was released in June of 2009, throwing the band’s frontman, Christopher Owens, into the indie-rock spotlight. Owens was perhaps too willing to talk about everything in his early days, detailing his time spent in the Children of God cult, his since-kicked opiate habit, and his years spent with the late Amarillo art pioneer Stanley Marsh III. Girls had three excellent, critically acclaimed releases — two full-lengths, one EP — with influences that ranged far and wide: surf music, old-school country, King Crimson, Randy Newman, Felt, the Everly Brothers, and somehow others. And then, citing “heartbreak” from the band’s constant turnover of members, Owens called it quits in 2012. … Read More

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In Typical Kanye Fashion, Kanye Played His New, Unreleased Record Three Times in a Row Last Night

According to an Instagram by rapper Theophilus London, Kanye West has finished his next album. And he… Read More

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Are We Really Surprised Urban Outfitters Is the World’s Biggest Vinyl Retailer?

We’ve heard it all before: “Vinyl is BACK!” Vinyl sales in 2013 were the highest they’d been in 22 years, with 6.1 million new LPs sold last year — a 33 percent increase from 2012 alone. Jack White sold nearly as many copies — 40,000 to be exact — of his new album in vinyl form as he did on CD during Lazaretto‘s release week back in June. And yet, we can’t stop lamenting the death of the indie record store. We carry on with the well-meaning Record Store Day each April, even as the major labels have overtaken the exclusive offerings with ~*qUiRkY*~ pop novelties and reissue city. Music nerds can attribute RSD’s ubiquity and vinyl’s well-documented resurgence as “wins for the little guy,” but here’s a figure that bursts their indie-loving bubble: Urban Outfitters supposedly sells more vinyl in the world than any other single retailer. … Read More

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Soccer Player Asamoah Gyan Is Being Accused of Ritually Sacrificing Rapper Castro in Ghana

In what sounds like a gripping hour of television, but is instead an unfortunately true story, soccer player Asamoah Gyan… Read More

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Haunting ‘Gone Girl’ Soundtrack Is Streaming at NPR Music

David Fincher’s Gone Girl is going to hit theaters in the States come October 3, but we’ve been getting bits and pieces… Read More

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10 of the Worst Key Changes in Music

The key change is like pretty much any other musical trope: if it’s used well, it can be an effective and inventive way to signal a shift in the mood or tone of a song; if it’s used badly, it can be a godawful cliché that makes your ears hurt and your heart fill with existential despair. We may get around to looking at the former in due course, but for now, it’s more fun to look at the latter — so here are ten of the poorest key changes in music, ranked from the worst to the absolute worst. … Read More

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