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by Sarah Zupko

13 May 2009

Back in 1972, the London Symphony Orchestra recorded a live version of the Who’s Tommy over two nights at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Many special guests appeared, including most naturally Who lead singer Roger Daltrey. This version of Tommy is being reissued on 26 May by Ode Records and here’s a sample.

Roger Daltrey with the London Symphony Orchestra
“I’m Free” [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

13 May 2009

Wilco’s new album drops June 30th on Nonesuch with the understated title Wilco (The Album). The band is streaming the record over on their web site.

Wilco (The Album) [Stream]

by Mike Deane

13 May 2009

When Cam’ron released “I Hate My Job” a number of months ago, I was very impressed, but as single after single from his latest album, Crime Pays, leaked (of course they weren’t real leaks), I held less and less hope for the the album. And then, yesterday, it came out, and it was about as strong as I could have hoped for, but with some real stand outs.

There was a lot of build-up for this album, but as it turns out, Cam’ron was just hyping the album with weird lies. It’s like when he claimed that “Killa Season” the movie was going to be a musical, it was most certainly not (I think there was one performed song in the movie). Cam’ron came out with some big talk - that none of the songs that had leaked (“Bottom of the Pussy Hole”, “I Hate My Job”) would be on the album (they are); that there would be no guest spots (there are); that he was going to release a video every week until the album came out (he didn’t). And so, what we get is another sort of good Cam’ron album.

It’s certainly better than Killa Season, as he’s gone away from the darker beats and has returned to some of his old playfulness, but it’s not what it could’ve been. I write this, but for me, Cam’ron is still the most exciting character/lyricist (I am not a lyrics purist or aficionado) in hip hop, but like a number of fans, I want Cam to return to his Purple Haze days.

by PopMatters Staff

13 May 2009

Chateau Marmont remixes the latest single from Röyksopp’s latest album Junior. Dan Raper said of Junior: “The Norwegian duo seems determined to be optimistic and extroverted throughout, and in doing this, the album might end up being its best yet.”

Röyksopp featuring Robyn
“The Girl and the Robot” (Chateau Marmont remix) [MP3]

by Bill Gibron

13 May 2009

While his massively successful Star Wars was raking in the ‘70s blockbuster bucks, creator George Lucas let slip that we was considering not one, but three trilogies for the fledgling franchise. First, he would finish up the adventures of Luke, Lea, Han, and the rest, then he would go back and explain the origins of these familiar characters (the last three would deal with some future scenario long since forgotten). At the time, the announcement was met with great enthusiasm, fans eager to see how such familiar icons in the making found their niche in such an epic environment. Ten years ago, we got the first of these pathetic prequels, films that failed to realize any of the aims that many Wars Heads had for the mythos. Now, in retrospect, Lucas’ lame excuse for a series start-up is often sited as the main reason why these kinds of film, in general, do not work. And they are, for the most part, pretty bad.

Enter J. J. Abrams and the next to impossible task of taking Star Trek back to its Starfleet Academy days. Paramount, eager to jumpstart its once mighty motion picture series, gave the Lost man an interesting ultimatum - turn the aging voyages of the Starship Enterprise into something so unique that both old and new fans could enjoy it. Initial buzz was sketchy, with casting being the biggest concern. Happily, Abrams delivered, turning the once over the hill catalog entry into a new and very viable tentpole. Naturally, this has Wars fans wondering what could have been. What if George Lucas wasn’t such an insular entrepreneur and hadn’t insisted upon writing and directing all three of the prequels? What if he had made better casting or character choices? In fact, what if he had scrapped the original legacy of his beloved heroes and villains and, instead, taken some much needed risks with these overly familiar icons?

//Mixed media

How Röyksopp's 'Melody A.M.' Brought Electronica Into the Mainstream

// Sound Affects

"With their debut, the Norwegian duo essentially provided the everyman's guide to electronic music.

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