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Thursday, Nov 15, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Here’s the brand new Talib Kweli video, “Everything Man”, the first track off the PopMatters Pick, Ear Drum.


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Tuesday, Nov 13, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Carbon/Silicon —"What the Fuck"
From The Last Post on Caroline Records
     


Filled with top-notch songwriting, propulsive energy and artfully biting lyrics, The Last Post is the rollicking debut uniting punk rock icons Mick Jones (Clash, Big Audio Dynamite) and Tony James (Generation X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik). Friends since 1975, Jones and James began writing together in 2002, the same year Mick produced The Libertines’ groundbreaking debut. With the addition of Leo ‘E-zee-Kill’Williams (Big Audio Dynamite, Dreadzone) on bass and Dominic Greensmith (Reef) on drums, the band gave away a few MP3s on their website, released a few singles and started gigging around. Produced by Mick and Tony and mixed by the legendary Bill Price (Clash, Sex Pistols, Pretenders), The Last Post is a roaring, unruly and infectious return to form that will please and excite fans old and new.


The Radishes —"Good Machine"
From Good Machine
     


The Radishes are a San Francisco/Los Angeles based band with a sound that has been described as Nirvana meets Motorhead. Other influences include such high-energy units as The White Stripes, The Stooges, Ministry, The Hives, Arctic Monkeys, Scratch Acid, and NIN, with hooky, angular guitar lines, ferocious vocals, and a unique, darkly ironic approach to songwriting.


Saturday Looks Good To Me —"Make A Plan"
From Fill Up the Room on K Records
     


Saturday Looks Good To Me is the songs and experiments of Michigan-born songwriter and producer Fred Thomas. Without ever straying from the goal of making perfect pop songs, this record draws deeper into a vault of personal feelings and intimate musical expressions, taking risks and trying to be as honest as possible. All the sounds are warm and urgent, joyful and kind of nervous, like an eerie celebration that starts right after something really horrible has happened. Lush string sections and electric piano lines dance with washed-out samples and bits of tape collages. Bouncy Smiths-like guitar lines stop abruptly and give way to white album-esque melodies. Wordless voices rise up at once then fall away; everything has its place.


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Monday, Nov 12, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
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Every Tuesday PopMatters will be offering an exclusive early look at a new episode of Backpack Picnic, an online sketch comedy show from ON Networks.


This week: This family rocks! Or rather, this family IS rocks… In a drastic departure from previous episodes, Backpack Picnic takes us to the very center of the Earth. Surely the most harrowing and bewildering adventure yet.



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Monday, Nov 12, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Taj Mahal singing the Cab Calloway classic “Reefer Man” with a Latin twist. From the new Ropeadope release, The Harlem Experiment. A YouTube Video of the Day.


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Tuesday, Nov 6, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
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Every Tuesday PopMatters will be offering an exclusive early look at a new episode of Backpack Picnic, an online sketch comedy show from ON Networks.


This week: An epic tale including maps, rocks, fairies, and a dolphin massacre.  If you dare, come along for this incredible and harrowing yarn that explains the origins of a popular holiday character.



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