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Monday, Jan 15, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

One Be Lo/Longshot: Learn [MP3]
ANG13: Ain’t Goin’ Down [MP3]


 


“The first compilation from Chicago’s EV Records details exactly why we should give a shit—about EV Records, the Chicago rap scene, and the direction of hip-hop in general. Everything presents a myriad of EV Records’ artists dropping catchy beats and meaningful prose that reflect not only the presence of meaningful hip-hop, but EV’s high-concentration of talent. In the vein of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, the artists on Everything transcend the current industry standard with music that speaks to the mind. Despite hip-hop circles recent (and probably justified) complaints about sinking standards, EV Records’ roster shows creative and innovative artists producing relevant material that provokes both thought and movement. With a lineup of master producers, talents like Royce Da 5’9”, ANG13, Psalm One, and ex-Binary Star One Be Lo, Everything proves that hip-hop is neither dead nor dying but, in fact, thriving in Chicago.”—EV Records


Explosions in the Sky
Welcome, Ghosts [MP3]


Rob Crow
I Hate You, Rob Crow (Single Version) [MP3]


Eluvium
Prelude tor Time Feelers [MP3]


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Friday, Jan 12, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

My Teenage Stride
To Live and Die in the Airport Lounge [MP3]
Terror Bends [MP3]


“At just under 40 minutes, Ears Like Golden Bats gathers a collection of captivation guitar pop gems that manage to combine fatalism with not-yet-defeated hope, which seems to be an inherent quality of many of Smith’s compositions. The references to Phil Spector, the Jesus & Mary Chain, and Television Personalities are still present in well-crafted and immediate tracks like “We’ll Meet at Emily’s”, “That Should Stand for Something”, and “Terror Bands”. They’re hook-laden songs that will have you humming all day long—you might clap your hands or snap your fingers too. Songs like “Reversal” or “Genie of New Jersey” and “To Live and Die in the Airport Lounge” expand on those influences, sounding more atmospheric, reminiscent of the Chills and the pop side of John Cale and Brian Eno.”—Becalmed Records

My Teenage Stride—They Are Alone in Their Principles


Softlightes
Girl Kills Bear (Lo-Fi-Fnk) [MP3]


Softlightes—Heart Made of Sound


Born Ruffians
Hedonistic Me [MP3]


Call Me Lightning
Billion Eyes [MP3]


Aerogramme
Dreams and Bridges [MP3]


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Tuesday, Jan 9, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Incognito
Bees + Things + Flowers

(Narada Jazz)


“Crave” [streaming]
“Deep Waters” [streaming]
“Everybody Loves the Sunshine” [streaming]
“Everyday” [streaming]
Bluey’s podcast about Bees + Things + Flowers [MP3]


 


“Over a 27-year career, London-based Mobo Award winners Incognito made stateside strides with both dreamy urban adult/Quiet Storm fare such as “Deep Waters” and “Still a Friend of Mine,” as well as jazzy horn-kissed club jams like “Everyday” and a cover of the Ronnie Laws/Side Effect classic “Always There.” Fans will be glad to know that all four of those songs can be found on their latest album, Bees + Things + Flowers—only they’ll sound nothing like the arrangements to which they’ve grown accustomed.”

 


That Bees + Things + Flowers was recorded in just six consecutive days speaks volumes for the organic flow that defined the proceedings. For the horn arrangements, Bluey chose the burnished glow of euphonium and flugelhorn over the typically punchier saxophone, trumpet and trombone configuration. Strings were added to several of the songs in one half-day session. Overall, the band gelled like never before. “Part of the reason for that,” Bluey adds jokingly, “is that the musicians love football (soccer) so much that they were doing first takes just so they could get back to the ‘tele’ and watch the World Cup! It was summer and the sun was baking down. London isn’t usually like that. The atmosphere was like a celebration—a very healing, soothing and energy-giving thing. It made us forget all the troubles of the world for awhile.”


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Monday, Jan 8, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Diana Ross
I Love You

(Manhattan/EMI)
US: 16 January 2007


 


I Love You presents 14 songs personally selected for the album by Diana Ross in appreciation of their timeless, classic expressions of love and romance, including a brand new song, “I Love You (That’s All That Really Matters)”, a gentle ballad that captures the emotion of romance. The CD’s package includes stunning photos by Herb Ritts, Randee St. Nicholas and Douglas Kirkland and a letter to fans from Ms. Ross, who executive produced I Love You. The package also contains notes from the album’s co-executive producer, Marylata E. Jacob, a Grammy-nominated music supervisor and producer whose professional relationship with Ms. Ross spans 22 years, Peter Asher, who produced nine of the album’s tracks, and who has collaborated with Ms. Ross on many of her most cherished recordings, and the producer of five of the album’s tracks, Steve Tyrell, who has produced many recordings with Ms. Ross, including “Big Bad Love” with Ray Charles, and in 2005 produced her duet with Rod Stewart, “I’ve Got A Crush On You,” the lead single from Stewart’s Thanks For The Memory: The Great American Songbook I. I Love You’s deluxe edition adds a DVD with a photo gallery and an exclusive
behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album.”—Manhattan/EMI


Behind the Scenes Video [streaming]
“I Love You (That’s All That Really Matters)” [streaming]
“More Today Than Yesterday” [streaming]
“I Want You” [streaming]


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Friday, Jan 5, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Straight on the heels of their Spin.com “Band of The Day” feature and selection by KEXP.com as as a favorite local band of 2006, The Trucks have mixed down their Peaches-meets-post-punk/retro-synth pop/garage band song “Titties”  to eight source tracks, slapped them up on-line and made them available for the world to remix and mashup. In other words, play with The Trucks’ “Titties” and win a iPod Nano (you won’t hear that offer again).


Hosted deeplinks for all eight remix tracks are available on the Toolshed mediapage (under the heading “Other Online Assets,” scroll down; source track at top of page)


Email your remix or mashup as an at least 128 kps MP3 to: thetrucks@clickpoprecords.com (Remix must be received by Midnight Pacific, Feb 28th.) Winner will be announced March 14th.


 


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