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New music mix – February 2013

So 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty great year for music all ready. We’ve already had a new Postal Service track after 10 years, not to mention the first new My Bloody Valentine record in 22 years(!). Plus on the horizon we’ve got new albums on the way from old Riot Radio favourites like Wavves, Theophilus and Bad Religion. Plus there’s already been a handful of exciting new acts ripping shit up: Free Energy, Pure Love, Joey Bada$$, and Bleeding Rainbow to name just a few. Read more

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Our Top 25 Songs of 2011

What a year it was! So much great music. Arcade Fire even won a Grammy (albeit about 7 years and two albums too late), for what that’s worth in 2011. And boy, there were some great songs – too many to limit to a top ten this year. So here’s our favourite 25 songs from the year that was 2011… 25. Blink 182 – “Up All Night” Mike: Remember when you were younger and you used to like music for the sheer enjoyment of it: you loved what you loved and fashions didn’t matter? How as you got older things like trends and what your friends liked started to obscure and influence your taste, and how this sometimes meant that you couldn’t always like things just because they were good? How this made you overlook things like the fact that, despite the dick jokes and American Pie soundtracks, Blink 182 … Read more

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Streaming: Best of 2011 (Part One) Mix

It’s halfway through the year, so it’s time for a “Best Of The Year So Far” compilation. It’s just like a radio station except with recent music, noone is trying to sell you vacuum cleaner insurance between songs, and without the same Lady Gaga song played three times in every hour. So in the spirit of radio: huddle round your phonic devices, light your cigars, remove your pants, and listen in. (I believe that’s how they did it). Best of 2011 (Part One) Mix by Riot Radio Endless Blue – The Horrors Belong – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Georgia – Yuck 50 Ways – Telekinesis Thunder On The Mountain – Wanda Jackson (feat. Jack White) Cold Feet – Liam Finn Under Cover Of Darkness – The Strokes Mind Your Manners – Chiddy Bang Sylvia – Emmy The Great Humdrum Town – Theophilus London* January Hymn – The … Read more

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Great, and slightly unsung, bands of the recent era: The Vines

That New York fall of 2001 the world changed forever.  People often say that centuries begin not on the first day of that century but are forged in the clearing dust of a cataclysmic event.  Few would argue that rock music was the same after The Strokes released ‘Is This It?’.  For a while there it was a worry.  For a while there at the end of the century those nonces that are forever saying ‘rock is dead’ seemed like they could be onto something.  Through the blaring stupidity of a hundred sub-moronic nu-metal bands, the refried mulch of Pearl Jam’s 900th album,  and the tongue-in-cheek death-throes of whatever-the-heck-wave punk it looked a bit grim. But then came  The Strokes, looking a bit like the Ramones’ cuter cousins and sounding a bit like The Stooges, made you wonder where it had been all this time because it was just so, … Read more

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The Strokes – ‘Angles’

It’s difficult to measure The Strokes’ impact on the music of the last decade. I’ve talked about this extensively in the past, but suffice to say: if you think The Strokes are overrated, then you don’t remember how bad music was at the turn of the century. Angles is the first album from The Strokes in five years. Much like First Impressions Of Earth in 2006, it starts off incredibly strongly with three superb songs, before dive bombing Scrooge McDuck-style into the musical equivalent of a septic tank. It really is like they gave up half way through. Check out my full review of Angles over at Guerrilla Geek, where I’m going to be contributing the odd review from time to time. A great site, dedicated to all things great about geek culture, we’ve even added it to our “sites we like”. Can’t pay a higher compliment than that :-). … Read more

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