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Wednesday, Jan 3, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Pomofomo—"Late Night City Skylines"
Pomofomo—"Ain’t Worth My Time"
From the forthcoming Pomofomo on Kitch34


“Kitch34 is the Australian label for such artists as the Chalets, Dr Octagon, King Creosote, the Dead 60s, iLiKETRAiNS & White Rose Movement, with more on the way in 2007. We have now branched out with our first international signing: Pomofomo. The Pomo boys in ‘06 have had a massive sold out launch in Sydney, DJing at the opening launch of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant 15 in Melbourne (where Pomo and JO himself had a run in with Jamie requesting to play some Jamiroquai—the boys weren’t very obliging), and sharing the stage with Speech from Arrested Development while he was out here on a promo tour to do their own unique Pomomofo version of “Mr. Wendal”, which received awesome reviews! All of this has lead to a massive amount of tour dates early in 2007, including a main stage performance at Good Vibrations Festival along with the Beastie Boys, Jurassic 5, Timo Maas & Cassius.”—Kitch34 Records


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Monday, Jan 1, 2007

Editors—"Camera (Rubber Bullets Remix)"
Editors—"All Sparks (Phones Remix)"
From Remixed on iTunes


According to PopMatters’ own Michael Lomas, Editors’ The Back Room “is an assured debut album from a promising band. Greatness, for the moment, might elude them, but Editors are the real deal. The spiky guitars and swirling synth textures that make up this record are hardly visionary, but when it’s all done as effortlessly as this, it sure is exciting. Touching on desolate themes of loss and mortality and shooting them through with a sparky, almost hopeful abandon, the songs Editors have given us here are definitely worth listening to.”  Now, Editors have returned with an iTunes-released EP that gathers four tracks from The Back Room as remixed by various artists.


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Wednesday, Dec 20, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Martin Sexton—"Holly Jolly Christmas"
From Camp Holiday on Kitchen Table
Martin Sexton, called by Billboard “a vocalist of amazing proficiency and sensual conviction,” has completed a holiday album titled Camp Holiday, which he recorded in a cabin deep within the Adirondack Mountains. You could almost smell the wood smoke as songs like ”Blue Christmas” fill the room. Unencumbered by the distractions of big production, the simplicity allows this one-man band to shine like the brightest bulb on the tree using his body as a drum, his voice like a trumpet and his spaghetti strainer as percussion.


The Ladybug Transistor —"Splendor in the Grass"
From Here Comes the Rain on Merge
The Ladybug Transistor are busy working in the studio on their next full length record which is due out on Merge Records in spring 2007. In the meantime the band have completed a new EP, Here Comes The Rain for Spanish label, Green UFOs. Released on November 1st, it features four covers of songs originally performed by Grin, Trader Horne, John Cale, and Kevin Ayers. Splendor In the Grass, a cover written by Jackie DeShannon, is from their recent self-titled full length.


The Trucks —"Titties"
From The Trucks: Self Titled on Clickpop
Bellingham, WA is fertile ground for musicians. The rapidly growing college town so elegantly pits a cadre of fanatical music lovers against hoards of scowling, finger wagging authorities that the rock and roll can practically be seen from space. In this fully supportive yet still elbow your way to the top environment, a synth-pop four piece known as The Trucks have been building up a sassy, sexy, heady head of steam since their inception in 2003.


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Wednesday, Dec 20, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Mos Def
True Magic

[Geffen]
US release: Friday, December 29th


Stream: “Crime & Medicine” [Real Audio | Windows]
Stream: “Sun Moon & Stars” [Real Audio | Windows]
[Mos Def | MySpace]


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Tuesday, Dec 19, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Mos Def
True Magic

[Geffen]
US release: Friday, December 29th


Stream: “Fake Bonanza” [Real Audio | Windows]
Stream: “Napoleon Dynamite” [Real Audio | Windows]

[Mos Def | MySpace]


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