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Monday, Nov 20, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Andy Partridge —"Sonic Boom "
From Fuzzy Warbles Collector’s Album on Ape House
The Fuzzy Warbles Collectors Album brings together over 100 songs from XTC frontman Andy Partridge’s songwriting archive. Recorded over the years, whilst Andy and XTC were signed to Virgin Records and later to the Idea and Ape labels, the material is spread across Eight Volumes featuring songs and alternate versions of many XTC favorites that never made it onto the respective final albums. There are also songs Andy never got to complete that he’s re-visited and finished off especially for this Fuzzy Warbles Series.


  Nellie McKay —"There You Are In Me"
From Pretty Little Head on Hungry Mouse/spinArt Records
On Halloween 2006, Nellie McKay released the self-produced Pretty Little Head as she originally intended: 23 songs on two discs with a 44-page color booklet of photos and lyrics through her own label, Hungry Mouse (distributed by spinART / Ryko).


The Curtains —"Go Lucky "
From Calamity on Asthmatic Kitty
On hiatus from Deerhoof’s busy touring schedule, Chris Cohen could not restrain himself from writing and recording the 13 songs on The CurtainsCalamity. Making a record in the wrong way (with no band and no label) at the wrong time (when juggling bands would have been impossible) was truly an uncalculated and quixotic move. But calamities are caused by the sudden release of latent energy when opposing forces collide, and that’s exactly where the name of The Curtains 4th album comes from.


Miho Hatori —"Barracuda"
From Ecdysis on Rykodisc
Miho Hatori loves words. As one half of the international pop phenomenon Cibo Matto, Hatori sang in French, Portuguese, Japanese and English, creating lyrics that made words dance and flow as sweetly as a stream of summer water slipping down a mountainside.


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Sunday, Nov 12, 2006
by PopMatters Staff



Let Tenacious D “rock”, “overhaul”, “mess” with PopMatters. You pick the method.  PopMatters has never looked like this.  We wouldn’t let just anyone do this to us. Go here to try it out.


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Thursday, Nov 9, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Robert Pollard —"Supernatural Car Lover "
From Normal Happiness on Merge Records
On the heels of From a Compound Eye, Dayton, Ohio resident Robert Pollard‘s much-lauded first post-Guided By Voices effort, comes Normal Happiness, a stylistic hopscotch-jop from F.A.C.E., but no less coherent, fully-formed, and accomplished.


Johan—"Oceans"
From THX JHN on Excelsior Recordings
The use of superlatives in music is rarely justified, but in the case of Johan, it is an apt way to describe their sound. This is real music…plain and simple. It is popular music elevated to an art form. You can feel it in your bones when you hear Jacco De Greeuw sing. The melodies soar, and the emotions are worn on the sleeve.


South—"Up Close and Personal"
From Up Close and Personal on Young American Recordings
This fall, London’s indie rock heroes South returns with a career spanning double-disc DVD and CD package entitled Up Close and Personal. The DVD portion features over 60 minutes of live concert footage taken from their last tour, new music videos, and a slew of behind-the-scenes footage. The CD portion features new versions of some of their biggest singles, including OC favorite “Paint the Silence,” and “Loosen Your Hold.”


Summer Hymns—"Pity and Envy"
From Backward Masks on Misra Records
Fans will recognize Backward Masks as the Summer Hymns record you always thought they’d make, the one they’ve hinted at for many moons. It is a record that emerges as if fresh from the womb, untainted. The songs don’t hide behind reverb or elaborate production-in fact, it’s as if they’re pure enough that they wouldn’t even know to hide their real, raw beauty. Instead, subtle orchestration cradles simple, remarkable melodies so familiar and well-crafted they might be the sound at the end of the tunnel.


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Tuesday, Nov 7, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Somebody To LoveDarien Brockington
Somebody To Love
Hall Of Justus/ABB Records


“Darien Brockington’s full-length debut is a throwback to the days when R&B was about looking good AND sounding good. With club bangers like “More & More” and slow jams like “I Miss You,” D-Brock has all the bases covered.”—Hall Of Justus/ABB Records

Crazy
He Will Break Your Heart
Can We Fall In Love Again
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Stream from RealNetworks / Rhapsody


ECIMCul De Sac
ECIM
Strange Attractors Audio House


“A crucial chapter in the development and actualization of the American avant rock underground, ECIM is proudly resuscitated.”—Strange Attractors

Death Kit Train
Nico’s Dream
Buy at iTunes Music Store


From the Soil To the SoulTommy Guerrero
From the Soil To the Soul
Quannum Projects


“Tommy Guerrero’s back with the tracks that pack a smack featuring Lyrics Born, Curumin and Bing Ji Ling.”—Quannum Projects

Salve
Buy at iTunes Music Store


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Monday, Nov 6, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

PopMatters Exclusive
This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear
Stream “Fears of Your Life” in Windows or Quicktime.
by Michael Bernard Loggins, read by Tom Wright
Also check out…
Stream “So a Chipmunk and a Squirrel Walk Into a Bar” in Windows or Quicktime.
by David Sedaris


“Each week, some 1.7 million listeners tune-in to This American Life, an insightful, innovative radio program that broadcasts touching true-life stories that unfold like audio movies to listeners on over 500 public radio stations nationally.  This fall, listeners can own a selection of the greatest stories from the show on a two-CD compilation, This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear, available November 7th from Shout! Factory.  Host Ira Glass and the staff of This American Life selected some of their favorite segments from the Peabody® Award-winning series, organized along the title theme which, Glass admits, “Not only summarizes the theme of nearly every story on our program, but all human drama and literature besides.”  Featuring segments by bestselling writer and humorist David Sedaris (Naked), Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” correspondent John Hodgman, and many others, this eclectic anthology addresses topics ranging from gender reassignment to karaoke comedy, with over two hours of alternately hilarious and heart-breaking spoken performances set against the music of Thurston Moore, Blonde Redhead, RZA, Calexico, Philip Glass, Morcheeba, Mogwai, Tom Zé, Tortoise, Carly Simon and others.  The third installment in the This American Life CD series, the two-disc This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear set, includes 11 complete stories from the Chicago Public Radio series, with an album insert featuring original artwork by Divya Srinivasan (Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois) and liner notes by Ira Glass, for the suggested list price of $19.98.”—Shout! Factory

The Shimmers
The Letter [MP3]
from The Way You Shine on Transit of Venus, released: 17 October 2006


The Trolleyvox
I Know That You’re High [MP3]
from The Trolleyvox Present The Karaoke Meltdowns on Transit of Venus


The Trolleyvox - Just You Wait


65daysofstatic
Full album: One Time For All Time [stream]


“At long last, 65daysofstatic’s label Monotreme Records has inked a deal for an American release of the album’s refreshing gene-splice of electronic glitch and guitar girth this fall. Its sound seems to posit a perfect world in which Squarepusher joined a post-hardcore incarnation of Mogwai and Radiohead pitched in its pop lilt. The album’s futuristic tone makes for a seductive score for an unwritten sci-fi epic that melds cutting guitars and electronic tones with sampled beats, live drums and computer glitch. But where IDM culture cuts out in the low end, 65daysofstatic delivers a thunderous wall of guitars that’s reportedly still shaking some festival grounds since last summer’s performances.”—Monotreme Records

Akon
I Wanna Love You feat. Snoop Dogg [windows | real]
Smack That feat. Eminem [windows | real]


Parts & Labor
Stay Afraid [MP3]


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