Author Archives : Thurdeen

Marcus Lives, and So Does GoldRat

artist: Gold Rat | genre: punk, rock | label: unsigned listen now: Marcus Lives Our friends at GoldRat have sent us a new song, just in time for summer.  “Marcus Lives” effortlessly flips the switch from angular guitar rock to straight ahead pounder.  I dug GoldRat the first time around, but in the short time that’s passed, I’m impressed with…

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Breaking Free

artist: The Chain Gang of 1974 | genre: alternative, synth, pop label: Modern Art Records The Chain Gang of 1974 is Kamtin Mohager.  His blog ( is filled with some of his favorite songs from artists like Sneaker Pimps, Talk Talk, Oasis and Smashing Pumpkins.  Viewing it was revisiting music over the last 25 years and I clicked page after…

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Taking Me To School

artist: Byzanite genre: electronica, chiptune, trance label: unsigned Oh music, I am your eager pupil and you rarely disappoint me. Today I learned about a genre I’d never heard of. It’s called chiptune and one of its practitioners is Ben Paulsen, from Wales, who goes by the musical name Byzanite! On his MySpace page (, Ben says chiptune is also…

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Getting Frenched Feels So Good

artist: Kesshin | genre: alternative, punk, rock | label: unsigned Kesshin are a three piece hailing from Paris who sing in English and whose music has been featured in the video game Splinter Cell Chaos Theory. They play fast, feature shouted vocals and thick, chunky guitars that remind me of early Green Day, Social Distortion and Bad Religion. A new…

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