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Tuesday, Mar 7, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


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The Tamborines
“Looking Glass House” [MP3]
“Sally O’Gannon” [MP3]
“The Great Division” [MP3]
“What Took You So Long” [MP3]


Serena Maneesh
“Un-Deux” [MP3]


Ladytron
“Destroy Everything You Touch” [MP3]


The Czars
“I Am the Man” [MP3]


Zucchini Drive
“Sombre City” [MP3]


Magnetophone
“Laika” [MP3]


Atmosphere
“Say Hey There” [MP3]


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Monday, Mar 6, 2006

Anyone who has had Mexican Coca-cola knows its a different product than the vastly inferior American version. That’s why there’s a gray market in Mexican soda in America, where Coke tries to keep what it bottles in Mexico out of the States to protect the turf arrangements it has worked out with its bottlers. Why is the Mexican coke so much better? It has real sugar in it. The American Prospect‘s blog had several posts about sugar versus high-fructose corn syrup recently, pointing out that the point at which sugar became more expensive than HFCS, Amercians started becoming obese and soft drinks began to suck. Sugar is grown cheaply in the Caribbean and Central American countries, so why is it so expensive in America. What happened to CAFTA? The reason why HFCS is cheaper than sugar is that the American agribuisiness lobby—corn-growers and sugar growers in America—united to make sugar an exception to free trade so that sugar prices would remain high and the sales of corn would increase. So in short, just another way that America protects the profit margins of its businesses at the expense of the health of our children, who likely consume the bulk amount of HFCS.


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Monday, Mar 6, 2006
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La Rocca
“Sing Song Sung” [MP3]


Irish quartet La Rocca has just put the finishing touches on their debut EP, Sing, Song, Sung (Dangerbird Records), out February 14, in advance of their full-length, The Truth (Dangerbird Records), due spring 2006. Acclaimed producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, Belle and Sebastian, The Thrills) manned the boards, helping create an album that immediately sounds classic yet innovative. Pop melodies, frantic guitars and clever keyboard lines provide a foundation for the introspective lyrics, evoking a band born of late-night jam sessions, Irish beer and brotherhood—whose songs you?ll likely be singing 20 years from now.


Frank London
“In the Marketplace” [real]
“Who Knows One” [real]


Band of Horses
“The Funeral” [MP3]


Dirty on Purpose
“Mind Blindness” [MP3]


Dressy Bessy
“Electrified” [MP3]


Mylo
“Doctor Pressure” [windows] [real]


The Meligrove Band
“Everyone’s a Winner” [MP3]


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Sunday, Mar 5, 2006

It turns out that that the World’s Greatest Rock Band is OK with Chinese officials approving or not approving certain songs for their set: Rolling Stones To Rock China In April.  That’s interesting if only in light of the back and forth complaining between the Stones and NFL about who authorized or approved of Mick’s lyrics being bleeped at the Superbowl.


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Saturday, Mar 4, 2006

When oh when are these stupid tech companies gonna learn that they’re not gonna outdo Apple with tiny bells and whistles?  Evidently, they’re not gonna learn any time soon as Samsung is about to take the plunge and get their butt kicked.


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