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Nashville Photo Dump (2010)

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Assorted photos taken around Nashville over the course of 2010.

Culture Bully’s Best of 2010 Guest Posts

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To close the year out, Culture Bully solicited contributions from artists sharing their year-end lists, reflecting on their favorite things of 2010. Clubfeet A blend of South African and Austrailian musicians, Clubfeet released their debut album, Gold on Gold, this past summer. Comparing the trio to such acts as Hot Chip and the Junior Boys, […]

DJ Wick-It Interview

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Nashville might still be best known as Music City, but for the past three years Wick-It the Instigator and his crew of like-minded underground artists have done their best to rechristen the city as Mashville. Starting out as a group of six DJs in August of 2007, subsequent comings and goings within the collective have […]

Hans Condor “Time Rhyme or Reason” Video

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“Between the guns, booze, and stitches it’s been hard to piece it all together,” explained Hans Condor recently, discussing the production of the new video for “Time Rhyme or Reason.” “It got pretty messy for the two days we filmed it.” What might first appear as nothing more than a booze-soaked warzone is actually a fairly conceptual […]

PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose” Video

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Recently speaking to director Seamus Murphy via email about the visuals used to accompany PJ Harvey‘s song “The Last Living Rose,” he explained, “I tried to present images that worked with the feelings, sensibility and rhythm of Polly’s beautiful song. So although they are not obvious or literal, they are not exactly random either.” This […]

Kanye West “Christmas in Harlem”

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Just as he’s done all year long, Kanye West has once again dropped some free love on us in the form of his latest Good Friday release, “Christmas in Harlem.” And like he’s done with track after track which were offered leading up to the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, West has again […]

Keegan DeWitt “Reluctance” Video

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“Reluctance” is the second of two videos to come in support of Keegan DeWitt‘s most recent 7″ release, following the Chad Hartigan-directed “Two Hearts” which dropped a month ago. The track’s status as a b-side is by no means indicative of any sort of inferiority to the lead single however; Ryan Burleson of the Nashville […]

Best Mashups of 2010

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This is Culture Bully’s sixth annual list of the year’s top mashups, and this time around I thought it’d be nice to switch things up a bit. Instead of simply compiling a list of my own personal picks, I invited a slew of mashup producers to vote for their favorites from 2010. Quickly, here’s how […]

Best Albums of 2010

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This is the sixth list of its kind that I’ve put together on Culture Bully, counting down the top albums of the year. Something that I’ve noticed along the way however is that the term “top” or “best” (or whatever) has apparently come to take on an entirely different definition nearly every year since starting […]

Home & Away: Culture Bully

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Maybe it’s the sharp contrast to the sub-zero temperatures which I found myself in a mere seven months ago, or maybe it’s the generally relaxed feeling that resonates throughout the city, but whatever it is Nashville seems to be giving me what I’ve been looking for. Coincidentally, it appears that I’m not the only one […]

Best Music Videos of 2010

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2010 was pretty phenomenal as far as music videos are concerned; after all, “MTV [is] Back in the Music Business,” and that has to be a good thing, right? Along the way we saw ICP drop some insight into the magical nature of mother earth, R. Kelly yodelled his way to glory and Gaga & […]

Hopewell “Preamble (Part II)” (Influenza)

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As the depth of their touring resume might suggest—having supported names ranging from My Bloody Valentine to British Sea Power to the Posies—Brooklyn’s Hopewell creates music that satisfies any number of line-blurring genres that fall under the larger rock umbrella. Just as this focus on drawing from a wide spectrum of sounds has given the […]

The Black Keys move to Nashville, open new recording studio

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While drummer Patrick Carney had already left the band’s hometown of Akron, Ohio for New York, both he and Dan Auerbach have now shifted the Black Keys home-based south to Music City. Explaining the group’s reasoning behind their collective move, Auerbach spoke to the Cleveland Scene this past summer, “Akron’s a great place” he said. […]

Leave Your Mark

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Do you recall which grade it was that you were first given the opportunity to use pens in school instead of pencils? I don’t remember which year it was for me, exactly, but I have a faint memory of it being a huge leap forward; it was as if those in charge had said “If […]

Michael Jackson “Michael” Review

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The release of Michael, while standing as a postmortem salute to the man’s final works, is not without its controversies. Michael Jackson’s father has spoken out against the new album, releasing a statement through his lawyer suggesting that Michael “would never have wanted his unfinished material to be released.” Like Joe, much of the other […]

T.I. “No Mercy” Review

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The year leading up to the release of T.I.‘s new album No Mercy has been nothing if not eventful. Eventful and well documented. After being released from prison, the drop on King Uncaged was set to come at any moment… and his fans stood by him and waited. In the meantime he released a collection […]

The Black Eyed Peas “The Beginning” Review

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The Black Eyed Peas’ sixth studio album, The Beginning, closes with a modern mission statement as announced by frontman will.i.am, “I pledge my allegiance to rhythm and sound/Music is my medicine, let the rhythm pound.” Now, long gone are the days when critics were able to relevantly bash the group for trading in their socially […]

Thee Piatcions “Time” (Influenza)

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Perhaps it’s a combination of variables that has left Thee Piatcions‘ sounding like a refreshing detour from the exhausted stereotypes that typically define shoegaze: “Wall of sound!”; “Reverb!”; “Distortion!”; “Etheral vocals!”; you get the picture. Hailing from a small town in Northern Italy (Domodossola), the band has remained below the surface for some years now, […]

Scanner and the Post Modern Jazz Quartet “The Decisive Moment” (Influenza)

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Scanner is the alias of one Robin Rimbaud, a veteran electronic musician whose works, it seems, are not to be easily defined. “[He] traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways,” explains the biography on his website. How, then, does such an […]

Conjure One “Like Ice” (Influenza)

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Rhys Fulber might not be a household name, but to electronic music fans the Canadian musician’s resume speaks for itself. Standing as a one-time member of the veteran industrial group Front Line Assembly, and one half of the long-standing electronic duo Delerium, for the better part of the past decade and a half Fulber has […]

Thunderball “Enter the Brahmin” (Influenza)

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Smooth tempos, sitars, retro-future samples? It must be the return of Thunderball, the stylish kids from DC all grown up after half a decade spent tuning their forks as members of Fort Knox Five.” While succinct and to the point, Urb‘s introduction to the DC-based trio glazes over the near decade-long process of experimenting which […]

iamamiwhoami presents “To Whom It May Concern” finale

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A “live concert” was teased from the mysterious iamamiwhoami this past September 30, with a tentative date of November 11 listed as the due date for the vague performance. Recently posting a video which hinted at a snag in the original plan, Joanna Lee and crew unveiled the 16th of November as the new kickoff […]

Kanye West “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” Review

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Much has been made of Kanye West‘s outrageous behavior, his perceived narcissism, egotistical public outbursts, and general air of superiority. But there’s something to be said for a man who lives his life as his own biggest fan; especially when symptoms of which materialize in efforts such as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Winking in […]

Oh Land “Sun of a Gun” (Influenza)

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Nanna Øland Fabricius’ life has offered the vocalist an interesting series of events that, had the Dane had her way, would have likely never materialized into a career in music. While born to a classically trained opera singer, Fabricius adopted an obsession for dance as a child, and by the age of 10 she had […]

Metric “Black Sheep” (Influenza)

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No strangers to acclaim, Metric’s Polaris Music Prize and Juno Award nominations have contributed heavily to the Toronto-based quartet being recognized as one of Canada’s highest regarded rock acts. That said, the band is seemingly perpetually on the brink of something greater. With the release of last year’s Fantasies—which debuted atop Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart—the […]

Rihanna “Loud” Review

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It’s hard to believe that Rihanna‘s new album, Loud, is already the 22-year old’s fifth studio effort. Actually, with all that the singer has accomplished to this point in her career, it’s also hard to believe that she’s still only 22 years old. The way she presents herself in public and on stage is reminiscent […]

Kid Cudi “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager” Review

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On the surface Kid Cudi‘s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is an ambitious 17-track drug-fueled diary detailing dark times and the forces behind them. Beneath the surface however, Rager is a cautionary tale which captures Cudi’s shift away from one stage of his life to the next. As he explained […]

Hissy Fit “Outdoor Life” (Influenza)

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Over the past couple weeks alone, under his Hissy Fit pseudonym, beat-maker Matthew Hiscock has already released a live podcast via Swing and Skip Records and an EP via Phuturelabs. He also has a another full-length 12″ on its way next month via S&S, and still the Newfoundland-born producer finds time to curate a bass-friendly […]

Cee Lo Green “The Lady Killer” Review

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Goodie Mob notwithstanding, Cee Lo Green was introduced to many a mainstream music listener through the universal success of Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy” in 2006. His soulful voice acted as the perfect complement to Danger Mouse‘s production, and the duo made the most of their new-found fame by touring the globe and gaining a vast fan […]

Phone Home “Panda” (Influenza)

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Similar to when listening to electronic or classical music, with there being no lyrics to dissect or vocals to critique, the instrumental sound of John and Michael Vallarelli’s Phone Home leaves listeners with a vast array of ways to describe the duo’s sound. As explained by Olive Music, Phone Home is “coated with color, passion […]

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