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Friday, Sep 22, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

“Music historians may not go out of their way to be kind to Death Row Records or its founder, Marion “Suge” Knight. Due to the murders of Tupac Shakur (“2pac”) and Christopher Wallace (“the Notorious B.I.G.”), Knight and his company may go down in history as the record label that went ballistic in the infamous East Coast-West Coast beef. But when you listen to Snoop Dogg’s Tha Doggfather, the Murder Was the Case soundtrack, and a compilation of Dr. Dre’s Death Row gems called Chronicles, one thing is clear: Death Row brought us some of the most compelling music of the 1990s.”
“The Dogg, The Doctor, & Death Row” by Quentin B. Huff [PopMatters feature]


Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog—Nuttin’ But a ‘G’ Thang


2Pac—California Love


2Pac and Snoop Dogg—2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted [live]


Dr. Dre—Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)


Snoop Dogg—Murder Was the Case


2Pac—Changes


Dr. Dre—Let Me Ride


Snoop Dogg—Doggy Dogg World


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Wednesday, Sep 20, 2006

The Whigs
Give ‘Em All a Big Fat Lip
ATO Records
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PopMatters Review: Give ‘Em All a Big Fat Lip


Although Athens, Georgia club favorites The Whigs have built enough momentum over the last couple years to snag opening slots for trendy, high profile bands like The Killers and Franz Ferdinand, the music of The Whigs actually hearkens back to the glory days of indie rock during the early 1990s, when American indie rock was at is most indomitable and vibrant. They might hail from Athens, the home of R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel, and the Drive-By Truckers, but The Whigs’ own version of Southern indie rock, while indebted to early R.E.M., sounds inspired mostly by bands from further north, more specifically, Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Superchunk and Archers of Loaf, with touches of Dinosaur Jr. and Built to Spill tossed in as well. When performed well, that kind of simple, mega-amplified music can still sound thrilling, and judging by the apparent success of The Whigs’ live shows, and the potency of the live recordings this writer has heard, the robust sounding trio of guitarist/singer Parker Gispert, bassist/guitarist Hank Sullivant, and drummer Julian Dorio are certainly on the right track.  (Album re-released 09/19/06 on ATO Records)

PopMatters Feature: “Athens’ Rich Pageant: The Whigs Breathe New Life into the Famed College Rock Capital” (11/19/04)


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Wednesday, Sep 20, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

PopMatters feature: “Indie-Rock Stripes”


As Lannon explains the creative process behind Film School’s most recent album, I get a sense of the band’s flexible songwriting dynamic: ” ‘11:11’ and ‘On and On’ - those songs were done as jams all at once. ‘Sick of the Shame’ was an idea Krayg had on guitar and then I put all this electronic shit behind it. ‘Pitfalls’ was a loop I had on my pedal, and we built it around that. ‘Like You Know’ started off as a country jam Justin was playing on acoustic, and we made it a ballad with heavy droning guitars over it. I tend to come up with stuff in the moment when all five of us are jamming or in my studio all alone. Justin and Krayg will have a chord progression. They’ll bring it in to see if it works.”

Film School—11:11


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Tuesday, Sep 19, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Canada
This Cursed House
Quite Scientific Records
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“It is finally here and we couldn’t be more proud. Made for everyone living within Detroit and its surrounding populous comes This Cursed House, the debut LP from seven southern Michiganders with an obviously envious eye to the north. Recorded in the dark of winter on a soundboard originally built and used in the early ‘80s to mix the second and third installments of the Star Wars trilogy, comes an unexpectedly warm record of art-folk arrangements featuring dual cellists, melodica, shout & response vocals, glockenspiel and rhodes piano. The band known as Canada has fast become the answer to the stuffy misaligned garage scene that has largely monopolized Detroit’s weary image in the minds of the masses. This is what music from the mitten is about… it’s the scene you should’ve been hearing from all along.”—Quite Scientific Records
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Motion Man
Pablito’s Way
Threshold Recordings, LLC
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“The long awaited return of Motion Man. Pablito’s Way is destined to be a classic album to cross boundries and unite hip-hop fans from many tastes.”—threshold recordings
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Thursday, Sep 14, 2006
by Philip Wuntch [The Dallas Morning News]

ALL THE KING’S MEN
New version of Robert Penn Warren’s novel about a Huey Long-type politico has a powerful cast, including Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins and Patricia Clarkson. Penn’s southern drawl is an earful.


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JACKASS: NUMBER TWO
The original gang, including Johnny Knoxville and Chris Pontius, are with us once again.


 


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JET LI’S FEARLESS
Jet Li plays martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia, who overcame tragic odds to become China’s greatest fighter at the turn of the 20th century.


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FLYBOYS
James Franco and Jean Reno are among the stars in this tale of the Lafayette Escadrille, the first fighter pilots.


 



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