In Rotation: Baby Teeth front man Abraham Levitan on M.I.A.'s Fingergate 

Plus: Reader staff writer Kevin Warwick on Black Breath's upcoming ripper and sixth-grader Rebecca Worth on the merits of Adele

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click to enlarge Hymns to the Silence by Van Morrison
  • Hymns to the Silence by Van Morrison

Abraham Levitan, cohost of Shame That Tune and singer/keyboardist for Baby Teeth, what he's obsessed with. His answers are...

MOG Spotify mania is all well and good, but slightly baffling—MOG was offering the same thing first (at least in the U.S.) and still does it better. Cleaner interface, bigger selection, higher sound quality, and a slicker mobile version. Spotify owns the streaming world due to its partnership with Facebook, but MOG is the Betamax to Spotify's VHS.

Van Morrison, Hymns to the Silence An out-of-print early-90s album from the Belfast Cowboy. Its level of celebrity self-absorption is sort of reprehensible (Van on being a star: "It's just a job, y'know / And it's no sweet lorraine / Why oh why must I / Always explain?"). At the same time, going public in the autumn of your career with a song called "I'm Not Feeling It Anymore" is a pretty bold move.

M.I.A. Who needs a friend right now? M.I.A. does. In the wake of Fingergate, when everyone from the FCC to Madonna to Pitchfork wants to throw her under the bus, you've gotta wonder: When did a little well-placed brattiness become a rock 'n' roll crime? Isn't that what rock is about? When I Googled "standing up for m.i.a.," all I found were babies named Mia taking their first steps.

Baby Teeth plays Schubas on Fri 3/2 to celebrate the release of its new full-length, White Tonight; Outer Minds and Bobby Conn open.

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