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Wednesday, May 17, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED ARTIST
The Futureheads


My how time flies.  After just two years, several US and European tours, and one finely crafted debut album, The Futureheads return with their exceptional second offering News and Tributes.  Ranging from dark and melodic (“Thursday”), to crunchy and raucous (“Return of the Berserker”), to just downright fun (“Skip to the End”/“Favours for Favours”), The Futureheads are making their furious mark in a quagmire of seemingly endless albums and faceless bands.  They’re back… and here to stay.

“Skip to the End” [MP3]
multiple songs [MySpace]


The Walkmen
“Louisiana” [MP3]


Asobi Seksu
“New Years” [MP3]
“Thursday” [MP3]


Russian Circles
“Death Rides a Horse” [MP3]


Tilly and the Wall
“Lost Girls” [MP3]


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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED ARTIST
Finian McKean


“You may recall Finian McKean as Finn Moore Gerety, half of the brains behind late ‘90s indie-rock band the Push Kings. McKean’s solo stuff retains that alt-pop bombast (in a good way!), and he’s celebrating a new record, Shades Are Drawn, on his own And Each For Only Recordings…” — Time Out New York

“Shades Are Drawn” [MP3]
“Oh, My Heart Is Heavy” [MP3]
multiple songs [MySpace]


Cat Power & Karen Elson
“I Love You (me either)” [windows | real]


Jarvis Cocker & Kid Loco
“I Just Came to Tell You That I’m Going” [windows | real]


The Radio Dept
“Pulling Our Weight” [MP3]
“A Window” [MP3]
  “The Worst Taste in Music” [MP3]


Doveman
“Honey” [MP3]
“Teacup” [MP3]


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Monday, May 15, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED ARTIST
Casey Driessen


Driessen is an amazing young fiddler, who uses traditional bluegrass stylings as a launch pad to mesmerizing improvisational roots music.  He’s grounded in tradition, like Michael Doucet of Beausoleil, but has a broad imagination and ends up concocting a bluegrass/jazz hybrid that recalls some of the best work of Vassar Clements.  This 27-year-old, Berklee College of Music educated musician has already worked with many of the leading lights in bluegrass and country, including Steve Earle, Tim O’Brien, Lee Ann Womack, Béla Fleck, and Jim Lauderdale among many others.  3D is his much anticipated debut on Sugar Hill Records out on May 9 in the US(Sarah Zupko)

“Jerusalem’s Ridge” (A reworking of an old Bill Monroe tune off the new album, 3D) [MP3]
“My Uncle” (live recording with Steve Earle and Tim O’Brien) [MP3]
“Forked Deer” (duet with Chris Thile) [MP3]
“Working on a Building” (traditional bluegrass gospel song, often recorded by Bill Monroe and others) [MP3]
“Old Joe Clark” (duet with Greg Liszt) [MP3]
multiple songs [MySpace]


Park Attack
“Delta Smelter” [MP3]
“Tongue ‘n’ Groove” [MP3]


PAS/CAL
“Summer Is Almost Here” [MP3]


Tigarah
“Girl Fight” [MP3]


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Friday, May 12, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


The Dr. Octagon Chronicles


Al Green
The Gray Kid Al Greezy remix [MP3]


Chapter 2: AL GREAZY


When we last left off, Mike Relm started the Decipher Series by breakin’ down the history of the infamous Dr Octagon. But still unclear on what this new material was intended to mean, OCD has gone to their list of interpreters to get to the root of it.


Meanwhile on the Left Coast…


A hot, gray Los Angeles afternoon finds Gray Kid chillin’ on Venice Beach. Mac on his lap, posting to his blog, the Kid is interrupted by a pop-up window. It’s OCD on the I.M.

OCD: We need your services a.s.a.p.
GrayKid5678: Is there dough involved?
OCD: None, this is for the sake of all mankind.
Graykid5678: What are you talking about?
OCD: The Return of Dr. Octagon is upon us.
GrayKid5678: Oh word?
OCD: Yeah, we need you to decipher the hidden meaning of an audio track entitled “Al Green.” We believe it was sent to us by Dr. Octagon.
GrayKid5678: I thought that dude got got…
OCD: Just accept the File Transfer and get to work Kid.
GrayKid5678: Now you’re all bossy like? Whatever, I’m about it, but you owe me one holmes…


As the file transfer completes, the Kid queues the track in his media player and slips his headphones on. He pauses to observe the scene around him. Beautiful women in bikinis, bodybuilders with goatees, kids with rainbow colored waterguns. All is well. Yet, the Kid feels uneasy. He hesitates, then presses play.

The bass loop, the guitar stabs, the piano keys – the Kid is mesmerized. The hair on his neck jump to attention, his pupils harden and his veins begin to bulge. When the vocal drops, the Kid gasps and glances up. A large, hairy man dressed in traditional Pakistani garb stands before him. The man places his sweaty arms on the Kid’s shoulders, staring him down with eyes glowing neon green. The man speaks, oddly enough, with an urban American accent, “All you motherfuckers trying to be Al Green… Suckers, pack your shit!”

The Kid snatches his headphones off and shakes his head vigorously to snap out of the hallucination. The strange man gone, everything around him appears to be normal. Yet, convinced that something sinister is afoot, the Kid gets to work. He cuts and pastes and patches and scratches until the sun sets, until the investigative analysis is complete. He emails the results, the raw essence of the audio distilled via his skills as a pop chemist, off to OCD.
 
Now that business has been taken care of, the Kid smacks his lips contemplating the thought of slurping down a cool cerveza to relax with after all the day’s excitement. His left hand reaches into his pocket to pull out funds to turn this dream into a reality. He freezes.


“Yo! Where’s my money clip?”


Until next time…


Al Green (The Gray Kid Al Greezy remix)


For more on the Gray Kid…


Previous Chapters:
Mike Relm 20-minute Return of Dr Octagon megamix


The Return of Dr Octagon hits stores June 27th.


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Thursday, May 11, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED MYSPACE ARTIST
Milburn


Indie / Punk / Ska from Sheffield, UK

“Showroom XFM live session” [MP3]
“Storm in a Teacup” [MP3]
more tracks [MySpace]


Zero 7
“Throw It All Away” [real | windows]


Theory of a Deadman
video: “Santa Monica” [windows | quicktime]


Marykate O’Neill
“Stay” [MP3]
“Things Are Too Good (They’re Bound to Go Bad)” [MP3]
“Traffic Jam” [MP3]
more songs [MP3]


Mates of State
“Fraud in the 80s” [MP3]


The Stills
“Destroyer” [MP3]


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