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by PopMatters Staff

13 Jun 2007

Wooden Wand
The Pushers (Morning Version) [MP3] from James & The Quiet (Ecstatic Peace!)
     

Spitting at the Cameras [MP3] James & The Quiet (Ecstatic Peace!)
     

James Jackson Toth says he “wanted [James & The Quiet] to be an un-weird record.”
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Aesop Rock
None Shall Pass [MP3]
     

The Black Angels
The First Vietnamese War [MP3]
     

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Over the Rhine
Trouble [MP3]
     

Since PopMatters has an affiliation with Soft Skull Press, I thought I might point out that, as a consequence of being bought out by Winton Shoemaker, Soft Skull is short of cash:

One little bit of hell right now is that we are seriously b-r-o-k-e for the next 6 weeks because this deal is not scheduled to close until June 30th. So, as a result, 40% off virtually everything on the Soft Skull website! Buy early, buy often!

Shop away!

(Via Bookslut and others)

 

As writer and not a T.V. journalist, I have the luxury of being able to conduct an awkward interview. I can stumble over a stupid question, annoy my subject, gnaw on my pencil unattractively – and readers will never know.

But T.V. interviewing is another thing altogether. T.V. reporters have to ask their questions on camera, and the result is not always pretty, especially when it comes to the local news. (Reporter to murder victim’s family: “How do you feel?”)

Meanwhile, when it comes to national news, the problem with interviewing is the pressure on the celebrity journo to act the part – be the interview subject’s interrogator, best friend, sympathetic observer, etc. As a result, the interview ends up being about the interviewer.

In keeping with the recent Sopranos postings, I flashed back to another episode in Season 6 where there’s talk of omerta when the question is raised about how Tony should handle Uncle Junior after he shoots him.  The answer is that the family takes care of business itself and doesn’t involve the law.  That sounded familiar and sure enough it resembles the unwritten rule of ‘don’t snitch’ in the world of hip-hop artists.  Did these artists get idea from the mob?  Possibly but surely the idea is even older than that.  And it’s despicable also, especially in the 2006 murder of Israel Ramirez (Busta Rhyme’s bodyguard) not to mention the still unsolved murders of 2Pac, Biggie Smalls and Jam Master Jay.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Jun 2007

Spoon
The Underdog [MP3] from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga on Merge
     

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N.E.R.D.
She Wants to Move (Justice Remix) [MP3]
     

White Rabbits
The Plot [MP3] from Fort Nightly on Say Hey
     

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The Sharp Things
Ocean Part Deux [MP3] from A Moveable Feast on Bar/None
     

Storm King [MP3] from A Moveable Feast on Bar/None
     

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