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By Kristyn Cunningham
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The only only ONLY good thing about this album is that most of the songs (10 out of 14) are under 3 minutes so the misery is over fairly quickly.
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Do you remember when you were in grade school, when someone would run their finger nails down the chalk board to make that terrible screeching sound?
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By Kristyn Cunningham
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Few of her songs seem to have any real rising action- there isn't one particular track that really seems to stand out against the others.
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There were three songs that really caught my attention on this CD. The last song ... I have completely fallen in love with.
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Naked Bulb for
May 2004

betablokka

By Kate Campbell  Editor</span> in Chief


Third time is a charm for Kingston, Ontario's band betablokka, who have now achieved what we like to call The Hat Trick: Song of the Week, the first CD Review recipient and now our May Naked Bulb Artist. Please welcome The Mr. Anti-Industrys: Matt, Shayne, Jon and Zane.


Keeping in mind that "rock band" can cover any species of music that uses an electric guitar, betablokka are exactly what their name suggests: a mellow grooveshack, a voyage of introspection that doesn't require swallowing a pill or

waking up face down with cornflakes dried to your cheek.

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THE BRACKETTS</p>

By Kate Campbell Editor in Chief</p>


Jeff and Damon

Who are The Bracketts? The Bracketts are a rock presence. They have swept the Battle of the Bandwidth, they have penned two albums, they harmonize "as if they lived on Abbey Road," they have a huge sound and they're only a three piece band. To listen to their songs you might expect their clean recordings and deft mastering to be the work of a professional studio, but The Bracketts have their own studio, obsessively outfitted, in their basement.


"It’s is a sick addiction because you always want more," says Jason Brackett, drummer and prodigy of Temple's Audio Engineering course. "No matter what you have there is something better as far as engineering equipment goes. So we have learned how to make the best of what we have, and I am pretty confident that we can hang with some pro studio recordings."

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Kristyn, (avaricemurony) says:
There's nothing that I love more than a band that you can really appreciate while high. The band betablokka makes that kind of serene stoner rock that doesn't just appeal to hippies but to anyone who has ever spent a lazy Sunday outside on the grass, sitting in the sun.
Kate, (juliekate) says:
The self-titled CD is a deeply chilled 6 pack of savory audio morsels, and I found myself over the last 7 days erasing my overall score of 4/5 to 5/5. I told myself I'd be fearsome but fair. The truth is, the only negative thing I had to say with my 4/5 was that the songs didn't reach out and goose me enough. But that's no longer the case - every song has its hook and sweetly sliding melody that has my brain anticipating it and playing it in my head until I put on the CD.
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Naked Bulb for March 2004</p> SOCIAL CODE</p> By Kate Campbell  Editor in Chief</p> Interview material by Allison Brown</p>

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I never thought I would listen to Hanson at any point in my life and put my finger thoughtfully to my lips thinking, “Wow, this really isn’t bad.” Nor did I ever fathom that a rock band could scream out “BA BA BA BA BA BA-DA BA!” in a Beatles-esque rhythm and still make it not only cool, but appear totally natural without being sarcastic.</p> It’s a new slant to the old hat of screaming rock bands; a wickedly shrewd slant which has relieved the band in question of its indie status.</p> Alberta, Canada has proudly offered up its latest and greatest local band, Social Code, for Interscope’s perusal. The label, part of the A&M Records family along with Geffen, has courted and captured Social Code as an addition to their impressive lineup of established bands.</p> Says SoCo’s drummer Ben Shillabeer, “To be part of a label that has some of our favorite bands on it is incredible. Sometimes its overwhelming, like, we recorded our tracks in the same room as Sting and Paul McCartney and No Doubt and Courtney Love … and to be part of something so huge is incredible.”</p>
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Naked Bulb for February 2004 - Blu Sanders!
by Kristyn Cunningham - A-I Staff

Blu Sanders' Official Website

There's a selection of stickers and pins for sale on blu.net emblazoned with the slogan "i care about blu."</b>

It seems silly at first, but as soon as you start getting wrapped up in Blu Sanders' soulful lyrics and liquid-tongued croon, you find it's impossible not to care about Blu.

Blu is by no means new to the indie music scene. He grew up in Texas, living and making a name for himself in Austin before moving to New York City. What prompted the move?

"The problem with any city that's not NY, LA or Nashville is finding the business for your music," he told me. "I moved away from the comfort of my home music town to get inspired and to look for some business support for my music."

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Naked Bulb for January 2004 - Steamroller Picnic
by Kate Campbell - Editor in Chief

Steamroller Picnic's Official Website
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Nothing seems more appropriate than ushering in a new year with a brand new band that nobody's heard of, fresh from high school with stars and multi million dollar record deals in their eyes. Instead we find inspiration in a band that has defied all the odds in a town that is apathetic and sometimes cruel to original bands, no matter the local or national status. Steamroller Picnic has been a huge icon in Philadelphia, mostly known for their clean, smooth and dead-on cover songs. But that, says frontman J.D. Malone, is what allows them to be full time musicians. That's what pays for the studio time for their new album.

And it's money well spent. Their latest EP, "grOw," was hailed by Hits Magazine as full of "great pop hooks" and praised Steamroller Picnic for their huge regional following. Their fanbase extends up and down the east coast, and no wonder. The first song I heard from their album was "Green" (link at the end) on Y100's local music offering "Ynot." I sat up in my chair and knocked glasses and ashtrays over as I went to turn up the volume, then I logged on to their website immediately. Hooked on the first listen, I was that impressed.

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Naked Bulb for December 2003 - Walkers Line
by Allison Brown - AI Team Member

The music business is a difficult one. As fleeting trends inundate all realms of mass media, bands that are not pulled into the whirling vortex that is popular culture often implode when left to their own devices.

But don’t expect Burlington, Ontario’s Walkers Line to give into the pressure any time soon.



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Charter Communications, an American cable operator, began proceedings to stop the RIAA's lawsuits against peer-to-peer users last week.

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