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December 9, 2014

Today’s Music News: Saruman, 92, releases heavy-metal Christmas single

Okay, it’s not actually Saruman, heroic-turned-evil wizard of Middle-Earth: it’s Christopher Lee, the 92-year-old actor who plays Saruman in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. Among Lee’s many pursuits on stage and on record have been heavy-metal holiday singles he’s released each year since 2012. Previous releases included Lee’s takes on “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night,” […]

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Forged Artifacts, Pony Bwoy, and No Skin: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Forged Artifacts: The Greatest Of All Time #1 [bandcamp width=350 height=470 album=2382466823 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false] Forged Artifacts label owner Matt Linden told me recently that the idea for The Greatest Of All Time #1 compilation had just popped into his head—and that idea is now available. All the bands on the release fall somewhere […]

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Ain’t Misbehavin’: Fats Waller and the American dilemma

It was almost exactly two weeks ago now that I landed at LaGuardia and flipped my phone out of airplane mode at the exact moment that a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., was announcing that they had decided not to indict Darren Wilson for shooting and killing an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. As soon as […]

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