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Top 10 of 2012: Jon DeRosa

Jon DeRosa's got the spirit. This past year he released his debut full-length solo album on vinyl and in Europe. Now he's sharing his favorite spirits of 2012 with us. Drink up!

Kevin Drew Presents Solo Side of the Scene

December 28, 2007

For Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew, things aren't always easy. Take the band's series of solo albums, for example. "I think I didn't need to put my name with it. What I should have done is just called it Spirit If. I wasn't clearly thinking when we decided to do this...We thought that if we tried the series to see if it works, then we'd have other outlets to put out more music."

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José González: The Science of Music

December 19, 2007

Indie-folk singer-songwriter José González is able to pursue music full time these days. But that doesn't mean he's left the days of academia and biochemistry behind. "I pick up magazines once and a while. There are a lot of good lectures on the web from different universities on Google Video and YouTube, and also a lot of good documentaries from the BBC and PBS."

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Dance, Jesus, Dance: Russian Futurists Find God (Sort Of)

December 17, 2007

While searching for samples for the new Russian Futurists' album, hip hop LPs were frontman Matthew Hart's first source but he eventually found inspiration from a less popular genre. "I think it's pretty easy to take a song that is already a hit, sample it and make it a hit again. I try and take something that's really shitty and make it good," he explained. "I sampled a lot of religious music – Christian music. I have a huge crate of it."

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Dragonette's Got Groove "Galore"

November 16, 2007

"When we arrived in England, we were kind of the golden kids for 15 minutes," Dragonette's Dan Kurtz explained. "Everyone was into this thing called Dragonette, so we got asked to do a ton of stuff. One of them was to write a bunch of songs to see whether they would go well on Kylie Minogue's record. I've heard some of the stuff that did go on her record and realized the stuff we had written for her [didn't have] a hope in hell that it would be on the same record."

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The Heights Go Beyond Wales

October 15, 2007

"It was a bit of a fluke actually," explains The Heights' Owain Ginsberg about the band's Japanese tour dates. "We were playing in a venue in London, a 2,000 capacity for NME magazine. It's always sold out there anyway. Some people came over from Japan and thought we played to a crowd that big every night so they signed us up. We were like 'A-list celebs' for about a week."

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Many Tongues And Lots Of Fun With Stereo Total

October 8, 2007

For Stereo Total, being a multilingual punk rock band also has its humorous moments, especially when it involved corporate advertising, says singer Françoise "Cactus" Hove. "They wanted to take the song 'L'amour à 3' and put a man, a woman and a ham in the bed. I said 'No, no, no. My boyfriend is vegetarian and this is too disgusting. Forget it.'"

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