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Friday, Aug 17, 2007

In 1924, Max Roach was born to Alphonse and Cressie Roach in North Carolina. When Max was four, he and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York. By the age of ten, Max was playing drums in gospel bands. In 1942, Max began to perform in jazz clubs, and became one of the first drummers to play the bebop style.


In 1952, Roach, along with Charles Mingus, founded Debut Records. The record label released the famous Jazz at Massey Hall, a live concert featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, and Roach himself.


In 1960, Roach, after asked to contribute to the hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, composed We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, an album speaking about black history and racism. Later, in 1966, he released Drums Unlimited, an album featuring many tracks of only drums, showcasing the drums as a solo instrument in its own right.
In the 1980s, Roach began to play concerts alone, thereby further showing the drums could be enough to create music. He also began to perform duet recordings with avant-garde musicians such as Archie Shepp and Cecil Taylor. Later Roach performed at a hip hop concert with Fab Five Freddy and the New York Break Dancers.


Roach passed away August 16, 2007, in Manhattan, New York.


Part of We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite:



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Thursday, Aug 16, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Aesop Rock
Citronella [MP3]
     


None Shall Pass [MP3] both from None Shall Pass (Def Jux) releasing August 28.


     


Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass - EPK


Black Dice
Kokomo [MP3] from Load Blown (Paw Tracks) releasing October 23.
     


The Black Lips
Cold Hands [MP3]
     


Stars
Your Ex-Lover Is Dead (Final Fantasy Mix) [MP3]
     


The Night Starts Here [MP3]
     


Jennifer Gentle
Electric Princess [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Aug 16, 2007

Stand-up comedian Lewis Black continues to make people laugh with his commentary on contemporary politics and trends. Black has invaded our television sets with his “Back in Black” segment on The Daily Show, one of only two segments that still air on the show since its creation. Starting in 1998, he has had three Comedy Central Presents specials, leading to two HBO specials, Black on Broadway and Red, White, and Screwed. In 2006, Black appeared in three films, Accepted, Man of the Year, and Unaccompanied Minors. Most recently, in February, 2007, he received the Grammy award for “Best Comedy Album” for The Carnegie Hall Performance.


From Black on Broadway:


From Red, White, and Screwed:



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Tuesday, Aug 14, 2007

Grammy-award winning band The Flaming Lips continue to draw in fans with their out-of-this-world concerts. Formed in 1983, the band consisted of Wayne Coyne, Mark Coyne, and Michael Ivins. Later, Mark dropped out of the band, and eventually, the Flaming Lips became their standard trio of Wayne Coyne on vocals and guitar, Michael Ivins on bass, and Steven Drozd on drums. In 1990, the band signed onto Warner Bros. Records, and in 1993, released Transmissions from the Satellite Heart with their first single, “She Don’t Use Jelly.” Later, in 1999, The Flaming Lips released The Soft Bulletin, an album that received massive acclaim. Since then, they have gone on to release two more critically acclaimed albums, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and At War with the Mystics. On August 21, 2007, the band will release a DVD of their Oklahoma City concert, U.F.O.’s at the Zoo.


Trailer for U.F.O.’s at the Zoo


“Fight Test” from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots:


“The Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” from At War with the Mystics:



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Monday, Aug 13, 2007

After a three year wait, the next installment in the Halo franchise is coming closer to its release. Halo 2 earned $125 million its first day and received many ratings above a 9/10 from major video game publications. With this extreme success, Halo 3, the last game of the Halo trilogy, has a bar set very high for itself, and Bungie Studios is quite aware. Halo 3 will be released September 25, 2007.


Multiplayer footage of Halo 3:



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