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Todd Cochran is the Managing Editor for TheDumbingofAmerica.net. Based in Dallas, Texas, the website focuses on interviewing the greatest musicians of the past and present. Todd has interviewed the likes of Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order), Pavement, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and Tony Kaye (director of the film American History X, in one of his only interviews since the release of the film). He also writes for MTV in the US and has appeared on CBS Radio in Dallas. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Best Songs of 2014: Soundcloud and Bandcamp Edition

(0) Comments | Posted 6 July 2014 | (19:06)

It's not that there are more bands, it's just that the distribution method has evolved. To find new music takes more patience than ever. I find that Bandcamp and Soundcloud as a never-ending treasure island of amazing new music. Some are bands that are the proverbial "one hit wonder", others...

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The Top 20 Albums of 2014... So Far

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (05:54)

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There are many things that frustrate me about Top 20 lists. Chief among them are those that suggest that there isn't any good new music. The quest for new music has always been an adventure. The ability to set aside pre-conceived notions and...

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The Band That Slayed Radiohead

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2014 | (00:06)

When I first interviewed Bolywool in 2010, they were one of a slew of Swedish bands who were spearheading a revival of psychedelic rock. In the years since the release of Through A Century, the band has continually shown a growth in their songwriting abilities, separating themselves from...

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South By Southwest: The Best of the Fest

(0) Comments | Posted 9 March 2014 | (03:43)

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Each year we wait with baited breath to hear of the "next big thing" coming from the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. While much has been made of the decision to host large acts like Coldplay and

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Thawing Off With Thoughts of American Baseball

(0) Comments | Posted 7 February 2014 | (23:01)

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With the start of the Winter Olympics and in the midst of a cold winter, what better way to keep warm than to think about the imminent start of baseball in the U.S.? With the Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers reporting to camp...

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Bobby Gillespie Compiles 'Best of Oasis' Playlist to Coincide With Release of Online Streaming Catalogue

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2014 | (15:18)

Oasis have released their back catalog of albums on streaming services in the UK. With the band's breakthrough debut album Definitely, Maybe set to celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year, the announcement comes amid rumors of a possible reunion.

As a tribute to the band's enduring influence and to...

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The Top 10 EPs of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 22 December 2013 | (04:14)

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As much as I loved the albums that appeared on my Top Albums of 2013 list, the EP's listed here give me even greater pleasure. My fondness for great EPs dates back to the years before CDs, when bands used to...

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The Best Albums of 2013 (That You Probably Haven't Already Heard)

(0) Comments | Posted 15 December 2013 | (00:57)

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I'm always hesitant to be the first to publish my "Best Albums" list each year. I awake in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, wondering if I've forgotten some gem that will haunt me for the rest of the following...

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Melissa Brooks: Free Download and New Album Details

(0) Comments | Posted 30 October 2013 | (03:34)

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The first time I heard The Aquadolls, I thought I'd stumbled on an unheard gem from the 60's surf movement. Their songs are filled with tales of broken hearts and pop melodies that would have The Shangri-Las and Beach Boys wide-eyed in...

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Austin City Limits Festival Gears Up For 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (23:44)

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The 2013 edition of the Austin City Limits Festival finds the event shifting direction in a way that makes it one of the most compelling of the fall festivals in America. The three-day, eight stage music extravaganza will feature over 130 bands including bill-toppers...

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Seefeel's Seminal Album 'Quique' Turns 20

(0) Comments | Posted 30 August 2013 | (02:53)

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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of a unique record - Seefeel's "Quique", Modern Classics Records imprint, in association with Medical Records, has reissued the album on vinyl this week. The London quartet's debut album-pronounced 'keek-is a dreamy confluence of dub, abstract electronic music and...

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The Best Songs of 2013, So Far...

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (20:11)

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Best song nominees The History of Apple Pie. Photo by Matilda Finn

While the "Best Albums" list I published earlier in the week had a lot of familiar names, I've found my collection of favorite songs to be a bit more...

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The Best Albums of 2013...So Far

(39) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (21:34)

It's been a brilliant start to 2013. Whether it's the controversial Kanye West album or the long-awaited new album from My Bloody Valentine, there's been a little something for everyone. Brilliant new records from UK bands like The Boxer Rebellion and It Hugs Back are just a few of the...

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The Evolution of Headphones and Fashion

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2013 | (04:01)

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While researching an article on the best audio equipment of 2013, I was once again struck by the influence of fashion on headphone manufacturers. I wondered how we evolved from the Walkman era of the 70's to the new millenium where not only...

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Austin Psych Fest Takes Center Stage

(0) Comments | Posted 19 April 2013 | (06:12)

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With the rapid growth in the popularity of psych rock, thanks to bands like The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Black Angels, this years edition of the Austin Psych Fest at the end of April is set up for it's biggest year. The...

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SXSW Recap: The Bands That Conquered the World

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2013 | (05:36)

Last week, more than a thousand bands poured into Austin, Texas, aiming to impress the masses and (more importantly) the music media at the South By Southwest festival. Much was made of the "surprise" (in fact, these appearances take months to plan and execute) appearances by Prince, Justin Timberlake, Depeche...

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South By Southwest Gears Up for a Massive 2013 Festival

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2013 | (01:18)

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Like most things in life, you have to work a little harder to get the big prize. This premise is especially true for those that are attending the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas this week. From March 12th through...

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Launch New Album/Tour

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2013 | (17:17)

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Sometimes adversity leads to the greatest achievements in art. Three years after the release of Beat The Devil's Tattoo, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is preparing to release their seventh studio album, Specter at the Feast. Borrowing a title from the pages of Macbeth and...

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Majical Cloudz: Grimes Collaborator Reaches for the Stars

(0) Comments | Posted 11 February 2013 | (18:15)

Majical Cloudz is the musical project of Montreal-based songwriter Devon Welsh, with producer and live collaborator Matthew Otto. Their introspective brand of synth-driven music is characterized by an almost architectural desire for balance, crafting songs that are as sonically minimal as they are emotionally complex, equally reliant on negative, hollow...

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