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Fire Marshall Shuts Hamilton Arts Collective

December 27, 2007
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Hamilton Arts Collective is on indefinite hiatus per the fire inspector according to a notice posted on the DIY space’s web site over the Dec. 22-23 weekend. The notice states simply, “As many of you who have been here before already know, the building in which we’re housed is OLD. The fire department has...
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Darkroom Productions Goes Global

December 27, 2007
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This morning, Juan Donovan of local hip-hop production group/record label Darkroom Productions announced an exclusive partnership with indie powerhouse Koch Entertainment after over a year of deal-hunting with assorted major and indie labels. For a label that’s been steadily on the rise, particularly with its Hamsterdam mixtapes and a slew of key placements in...
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The Year in Local Music: One Reporter’s Opinion

December 26, 2007
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The Year in Local Music: One Reporter’s Opinion

City Paper has already published its official Top Ten for the year in Baltimore music, but I thought I’d use this space to share an expanded version of my personal ballot for the list. I didn’t hear every local record in 2007–hell, I didn’t even hear half the albums voted onto CP‘s list–but I...
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Lake Trout Come Out of Hibernation

December 26, 2007
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It’s been a quiet year for Lake Trout. After more than 10 years of playing live in and out of town on a seemingly tireless schedule, the Baltimore quintet went on hiatus for most of 2007, with three-fifths of the group out on tour as the backing band for British electronic act UNKLE. But...
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R.I.P. Joel Dorn

December 19, 2007
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Producer and record-label honcho Joel Dorn has died. He was 65. An old-school record man who produced dozens of classic jazz sides for Atlantic Records, Dorn may be best remembered–and missed–among Baltimoreans as the man whose circa-’90s independent label, the now-defunct 32 Records, issued a series of discs featuring jazz greats recorded live at...
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Carbon Leaf Comes Close to Home for Christmas

December 19, 2007
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Virginia alt-rock band Carbon Leaf has been building a following in and around the Mid-Atlantic area for 15 years now. While they’ve scored some national radio play with recent albums, they remain more of a regional act, always drawing a better crowd in Richmond or Washington than just about anywhere else in the country....
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With a Little Luck

December 18, 2007
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With a Little Luck

If you’re piled into a theater sometime over the holidays to catch the apparently quite sweet Juno, listen close during the opening credits. That’s local songwriter-for-kids Barry Louis Polisar‘s song “All I Want Is You.” The former host of the kids TV show Field Trip and now a touring children’s musician recorded the song...
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Ted Leo Ends His Tour Without Any Equipment Intact

December 10, 2007
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Although singer/songwriter Ted Leo is a Jersey boy, he’s always maintained close ties to the Washington music scene, living there during his Chisel days in the 1990s and collaborating with countless natives of the area including the Make-Up’s James Canty, a guitarist in his current backing band, the Pharmacists. And it’s always felt like...
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Award Tour

December 10, 2007
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There was no red carpet, no televised pre-show, and no paparazzi, but last Monday the Baltimore hip-hop community held its first awards show ceremony. Hip Hop 101, the long-running weekly event at 5 Seasons, recently announced the first annual Blammy Awards to honor the scene’s best and brightest. For three weeks in November, organizer...
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R.I.P. Karlheinz Stockhausen

December 7, 2007
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R.I.P. Karlheinz Stockhausen

The BBC is reporting that German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, the center of the avant-guard universe for many, is dead. He passed on Wednesday in western Germany, the Stockhausen Foundation announced today. He was 79. Over the course of his life, Stockhausen–equal parts aural mathematician and mystic—composed over 200 pieces of music, pushing the boundaries...
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For Your Ears: The Best Christmas Song Ever

December 4, 2007
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For Your Ears: The Best Christmas Song Ever

No, Baltimore’s music scene doesn’t need fresh blood—it’s hard enough to keep our attention on all of the amazing musicians already here with a root in—but we can’t help opening our arms wide to the Matmos fellows, transplanted this fall from San Francisco. Part of that package is Soft Pink Truth, an offshoot project...
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R.I.P. Pimp C

December 4, 2007
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R.I.P. Pimp C

Word just came in that UGK rapper Pimp C was found dead this morning in a Los Angeles hotel room. He was 33. This comes just months after the legendary Southern rap group—nay, Southern rap forebearer—released its album Underground Kingz after a five year lull, spawning the group’s first Billboard #1, “Intl’ Players Anthem.”...
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