T.REX – Children Of The Revolution (Gary Calamar Remix)

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“Children of the Revolution” is the ultimate track about teenage rebellion and DJ Gary Calamar slows it down and gives it an atmospheric, late night, groovy feel. Calamar is the music supervisor for many acclaimed TV series, including “True Blood” and “Dexter”, and there’s a cinematic pinnacle in this remix with the children’s choir Gary gathered.
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Starring – July

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In 2008, a group of five friends who met at Oberlin College started a project they called Starring with modest ambitions to play loud and wild prog rock in late-night headlining slots around Brooklyn’s DIY circuit. The band’s first recordings (which appeared only as hand-made cassettes and a small run of LPs on screen-printed vinyl), were described by critics at the Village Voice as “kraut” or “circus” punk, apt names for music that was exploring ways to join punk minimalism with proggy, psychedelic maximalism.
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Kitty Wells – It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

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Kitty Wells, the “Queen of Country Music,” died today (July 16) after complications from a stroke. She was 92 years old.
The future country icon was born Ellen Muriel Deason in Nashville, Tenn., and began her singing career performing with her siblings in a group called the Deason Sisters. As a solo act, Kitty became the first woman to reach No. 1 on the charts, with her now classic hit “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.”
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The Antlers – Drift Dive

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Earlier this month, Brooklyn indie rockers the Antlers announced a new EP called Undersea, and today, the leadoff cut from that release has surfaced (pun intended). It’s called “Drift Dive,” and it’s a slow-building, slide guitar-laden ode, replete with a horn section and distorted Peter Silberman vocals. It sounds like it’s underwater, which is probably not a coincidence.
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Robyn Ludwick – Hollywood

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Robyn Ludwick puts real soul into alt-country, Texas style, in her new CD, Out Of These Blues. Ms. Ludwick’s songwriting and vocal skills are extraordinary throughout the album. Gurf Morlix produced and played on the record along with an impressive cast including Ian MacLagan, John Ludwick (Ms. Ludwick’s husband), Eddie Cantu, Gene Elders, Trish Murphy, and Slaid Cleaves. The end product is one of the best albums I’ve heard in 2011.
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Sonny & The Sunsets – Pretend You Love Me

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For their latest release, June’s Longtime Companion, San Fransisco-based genre swappers Sonny & the Sunsets tred into country territory. It’s a fitting musical landscape for frontman Sonny Smith’s brokenhearted narrator, who pines for lost lovers and a firmer sense of self. All of those elements are present in the standout track “Pretend You Love Me”, even if they aren’t directly there in the video.
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Ricky Nelson – Garden Party

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“Garden Party” is a 1972 hit song for Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band from the album Garden Party. The song tells the story of Nelson being booed off the stage at Madison Square Garden, seemingly because he was playing his newer, country-tinged music instead of the 1950s-era rock that he had been successful with earlier, and his realization that “you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself”.
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