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5 items from 2012

7 Reasons To Not Quit Smoking

2 June 2012 6:39 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

It would be irresponsible, ignorant, and in some instances, completely unethical for Criminal Complex to encourage the dangerously unhealthy habit of cigarette smoking in others.

So that is exactly what we will do right now.

Hey, look, you’re intelligent (and damned attractive, if you don’t mind me saying so).  You don’t need us to tell you that despite the facts that smoking can lead to a litany of health problems, that a full Nazi battalion is more welcome in a public place than a single smoker, and that the smell is on par to many with raw sewage, smoking is still the number one way in which a person can look cool.  As intelligent as you are, you can argue against smoking however you please—cigarette manufacturers are the most manipulative, morally bankrupt businesses in America, if not the world; the money spent on cigarettes in a »

- Jimmy Callaway

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HotDocs 2012 Review: Beware Of Mr. Baker, As Drummer Still Packs a Wallop

28 April 2012 8:58 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

If all Ginger Baker ever did musically was to beat the drums behind Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton during the heady two year sprint that was Cream, then Ginger Baker's role as rock-god may well have been solidified. If all this documentary had was that same Ginger Baker beating the shit out of the director with his cane as the skyline of South Africa stretches out in the background, well, that would also serve as its own kind of inimitable success.Beware of Mr. Baker proves to be more than just an idle warning stenciled on a sign leading up the drive to the reclusive drummers compound. It's a sentiment shared by those closest to him, be they former bandmates, the children that he long ago »

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SXSW '12 Review: 'Beware Of Mr. Baker' Is A Rollicking, Dangerous & Ultimately Transcendent Ride With Cream Drummer Ginger Baker

20 March 2012 9:43 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This year’s SXSW had a few strong themes running throughout its selections, and in the documentary category, this was seen in the numerous films about '70s rock icons such as “Paul Williams: Still Alive,” “Marley,” the preview of “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me,” and heck, even “Bad Brains: A Band in DC” fits into this category. But the Documentary Feature winning film, “Beware of Mr. Baker,” about Cream drummer Ginger Baker, certainly earned its award, as it blows those other (quite remarkable) films out of the water, starting with one vicious rap to the nose.

The film’s title is a literal one, taken directly from the sign at the gate of Ginger Baker’s South African compound. It also refers to the opening sequence of the film -- the camera obscured, with Baker shouting “I don’t want those fucking people in my film!” before lashing »

- Katie Walsh

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The All-Star Collaboration of Spectrum Road

2 March 2012 6:22 AM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

It seems like supergroups are constantly popping up to the delight of hardcore fans and websites that are looking for some big music news scoop. Mainly these supergroups fall apart with much less media attention than they get when they're formed. Still it's always fun to hear about a group of well known artists getting outside of their comfort zone and collaborating with other established artists. Recently four rather well known musicians, from differing musical backgrounds, have announced an upcoming collaboration going by the name Spectrum Road. The headliner of this group is former Cream frontman Jack Bruce, who will play bass and lend his voice to the musical odyssey.



- Tyler Barlass

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Bonnaroo bags The Beach Boys, Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

14 February 2012 1:29 PM, PST | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell Fresh off their reunion performance at the Grammys, The Beach Boys have been added to the line up for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

The initial lineup for the annual festival, which takes place from June 7-10 this year, was announced on Tuesday. Radiohead, Phish and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform in Manchester, Tenn.

Both Radiohead and the RHCPs have history with the fest. The Beach Boys, meanwhile, are just musical history, incarnate.

Here is the full lineup for Bonnaroo 2012:


Red Hot Chili Peppers


Bon Iver

The Beach Boys featuring Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks

The Avett Brothers

The Shins Foster

The People


Aziz Ansari



The Roots

Alice Cooper


Black Star

The Word featuring John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars


Ben Folds Five

Flogging Molly »

- Sean O'Connell

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