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Feist Holograms And Arcade Fire Babies, Spinner RIP Trivia

Feist and the Holograms

Feist and the Holograms

Feist recently performed simultaneously in three cities in hologram form. Also, Regine Chassagne and Win Butler of Arcade Fire gave birth to a baby boy last week.

While these two news stories were both of tremendous interest to the indie Can-rock gossip community, they have a dubious distinction as well: they’re the last two stories ever published on the now suddenly-dormant Spinner website. Yeah, it’s true. AOL Music very promptly shut down the site on Friday.

So now I’m the answer to a trivia question nobody will ever ask, “Who wrote the last story ever on Spinner?”

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Stevie Nicks’ ‘In Your Dreams’ Documentary Tracks Fleetwood Mac Singer Gone Solo

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks

UPDATE: Because Spinner is RIP this full story can now be found here.

Fleetwood Mac recently performed in Toronto and by all accounts put on a pretty heartening show.

While she was in town Mac singer Stevie Nicks had a sideline agenda of sorts, heading down to the TIFF Lightbox theatre for a screening of her documentary In Your Dreams and a related Q&A.

Sarah was there and wrote about the whole thing for Spinner.

You can read about it by clicking here.

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R.E.M.’s Albums Ranked From Worst To Best

R.E.M.

R.E.M.

UPDATE: Because Spinner is R.I.P. this full story can now be found HERE.

We recently passed the 30th anniversary of R.E.M.‘s debut album Murmur and to celebrated I decided to go through all the band’s studio albums and rank them “from ass to awesome.”

Understandably, there were people who didn’t think particularly highly of this exercise. Especially after I ranked Out Of Time 14th out of 15.

To read the full ranking head over to Spinner by clicking here.

 

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11 Titanic-Related And Other Nautical Disaster Songs

Titanic

Titanic

Unbeknownst to most of the world, Sarah, the other half of Risky Fuel, has been reasonably obsessed with shipwrecks since childhood.

She’s met Dr. Robert Ballard — the dude who found the Titanic — when she was younger, owns a giant print of the Lusitania, and if you closely, often wears clothing with a nautical theme.

As such, she was the perfect person to mark the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a list of songs about the ship as well as other seaboard disasters.

You can read said list by heading to Spinner and clicking here.

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Inside The Bizarre World Of Erotic One Direction Fan Fiction

One Direction

One Direction

Recently Sarah put on her lurker boots and waded into the murky, muddy turf that is the One Direction fan fiction universe.

What she found in that swampy otherworld wasn’t pretty — Alexander Ovechkin tricking 1D members into kissing him, Oprah treating them like her bondage slaves… it was a dark place.

Understandably, she felt she needed to expose all of this so she did over at Spinner.

To read “One Direction FanFic: Wildest, Weirdest and Most Disturbing Stories About Brit Boy Band” click here.

 

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The Black Angels & Crime And The City Solution Album Reviews

Black Angels' Indigo Meadow

Black Angels’ Indigo Meadow

There’ve been a heap of good records released recently for the jean jacket ‘n’ airbrushed van art crowd and two of them have been The Black AngelsIndigo Meadow and Crime & The City Solution‘s American Twilight.

I reviewed both of those albums over at Spinner.

To read about The Black Angels’ Indigo Meadow go here.

To read about Crime & The City Solution’s American Twilight go here.

 

 

 

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Heart On ‘Stairway To Heaven’ And Being Canadian (Sort Of)

Heart

Heart

Heart have made some of the best songs in the history of rock music — “Magic Man,” “Crazy On You” and “Barracuda” — and recently the covered another great, Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway To Heaven,” and did it so well they made the band cry. Before Heart came to Toronto for Canadian Music Week I got a chance to talk to Nancy Wilson about doing that song in front of Zep as well as what other covers they know. That story can be found at Spinner by clicking here.

I also tried to clear up that peculiar urban myth that says Heart are a Canadian band in a separate story for Huffington Post Music Canada. You can read about that one by going here.

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