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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
The worlds of indie rock and '90s basketball coalesce perfectly on a special Record Store Day 2015 release, Furious Hoops Vol. 1.

You might have heard it mentioned in Rolling Stone‘s recent “Ultimate Guide” to the 2015 installment of Record Store Day. If not, there’s no better time than now to dive into the music of Furious Hoops Vol. 1, a uniquely curated Record Store day release that brings together the worlds of independent music and ‘90s basketball. You can stream the eclectic compilation in its entirety below here at PopMatters.


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I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the 1430th most acclaimed album of all time. But traditions I can trace against the child in your face won't escape my attention. A 1985 synth-pop hit is this week's Counterbalance

Mendelsohn: Like most people, I tend to romanticize the music of my youth a little. There are groups from the 1980s that loom large in the back of psyche because they managed to enter my brain and then stick there for a couple of decades before surfacing like some unwelcome repressed memory. I never really got to live through the cultural impact of some of these groups. I was far too young to understand the zeitgeist. My music consumption as a kid was pretty much limited to whatever my parents were listening to at the time, which wasn’t all bad, but they weren’t always following the trends. Inevitably, though, some of the current music seeped in and stuck around.


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We grow over the course of Battlefield: Hardline, not so much as a character, but as a performer.

Battlefield: Hardline opens with a brief shootout in a tiny room, and a frantic car chase that ends when the fleeing suspect crashes his car. Battlefield 4 opens with your team jumping/falling out of a building as a helicopter shoots it to pieces, and a frantic car chase that ends with you hanging out an open door and blowing up said helicopter with a grenade launcher before the car flips off the crashing wreckage and into the ocean.


One of these openings feels like an introduction, a brief tease of action that leaves plenty of room for escalation throughout the rest of the game. The other feels like a climax within itself.


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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
The long-running brotherly duo the Proclaimers display their fondness for their canine friends in the video to "You Built Me Up", from their forthcoming Let's Hear It for the Dogs LP.

You might know the Proclaimers as the brotherly duo that wrote that one song that Ted and Marshall from How I Met Your Mother are obsessed with. Late ‘80s hits notwithstanding, as of late the notable fact about Charlie and Craig Reid is that they’re still active and well on the music scene; their latest LP, Let’s Hear It for the Dogs, is being released soon. In the meantime, you can stream the video for “You Built Me Up”, a track off that record. (As the album’s title implies, there is a dog involved.) “You Built Me Up” bears all the requisite Proclaimers traits: catchiness, quirk, and an inviting geniality that has made them the feature of sing-alongs for decades now. For these traits they’ve culled a distinctive fanbase, including David Tennant, who says of the Reids, “My favorite band of all time. They write the most spectacular songs—big-hearted, uncynical passionate songs.”


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Guitarist Benjamin Booker's versatility with the guitar is earning him quite a following, a fact made obvious by his enthralling recent performance in Williamsburg.

Benjamin Booker‘s Friday night set at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was sold out. That was to be expected, given that the young guitarist, now based in New Orleans, has been drawing a lot of from their festival performances last year as well as his solid self-titled debut album and his Live at Third Man Records release earlier this year. Booker’s guitar prowess allows him to blend garage rock with blues, roots, and other elements to create an enthralling set. Jack White is a fan.


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