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Thursday, Jul 12, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Justice
† Medley [MP3]
     


D.A.N.C.E. [MP3]
     


Spank Rock vs. Justice
Thunderous Bumps [MP3]
     


“As the mainstream dance artists of yesteryear become more and more involved with making “important” music, the throne of Dance Floor Dominance lies wide open (with Justice and Simian Mobile Disco both making triumphant runs for the crown).  In the end, Justice has the stronger record over Simian Mobile Disco, but such a statement is dangerously close to splitting hairs: both albums are fantastic, but their individual achievements are undermined by what these artists are representing: a complete overhaul of modern dance music that’s taking Big Beat back to its roots.”—Evan Sawdey, PopMatters review [8/10]


Blitzen Trapper
Sci-Fi Kid (Principal Participant ‘Kingswood’ Remix) [MP3]
     


Country Caravan (live at KVRX) [MP3]
     


“Blitzen Trapper, you romance my senses. Your mélange of homespun ballads and raucous anthems amuses and delights. It is as though you’ve written the soundtrack to some vivid western picaresque. We traipse merrily from snowboarding exhibition to drug-induced hallucination. Here, an excursion with a brash country maiden. There, a slow wagon-ride to Paw Trapper’s lodge. What joyful adventures! Though I may not understand you, I pay homage to your musical wit. Good show.”—Tyler Womack, PopMatters review [7/10]


The Stanley Brothers
Rabbit in a Log [MP3]
     


Dock Boggs
Down South Blues [MP3]
     


Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has released Virginia Roots as a digital-only compilation in conjunction with the 41st annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival.  The compilation highlights artists from Virginia this year as it’s the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia settlement.  Watch for an upcoming review of this intruiging collection by Justin Cober-Lake on PopMatters very soon.  In the meantime, check out the classic bluegrass of the Stanley Brothers. Buy at: URGE or Zune.


Yacht
The Summer Song” (feat. Claire L. Evans) [MP3]
     


It’s Coming to Get You” (Eats Tapes Remix) [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007

Indie rock band Interpol, transcending beyond the New York music scene, has reached global fame. Interpol’s break came when they released Turn on the Bright Lights, an album considered one of the best of 2002. Their follow-up album, Antics, was released in 2004, attaining greater commercial success than its precursor. On July 10th, Interpol released their latest album, Our Love to Admire.


The Heinrich Maneuver:



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Tuesday, Jul 10, 2007

Critically acclaimed film director Werner Herzog constantly pushes the envelope, requiring audiences to see a new, original light upon an old story. He told a tale of rebellion with a cast of only midgets and dwarves in Even Dwarves Started Small, and illustrated the effects of poverty with Klaus Kinski’s brilliant, yet haunted acting in Woyzeck. Based on Herzog’s 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Rescue Dawn tells a tale of the Vietnam War without the use of special effects, relying on only what the director can create with his own two hands, a stunning difference from the plethora of motion pictures.


Behind the scenes look at Rescue Dawn:


Interview with Henry Rollins:



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Monday, Jul 9, 2007

Spanning the distance from children’s music to alternative rock, They Might Be Giants captures the attention of their audience with their unique brand of music. TMBG, consisting of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, gave us hits such as Birdhouse in Your Soul and Don’t Let’s Start as well as Particle Man and Doctor Worm. Their latest album, The Else, will be released on July 10th, 2007.


The 1989 hit, Ana Ng:



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Friday, Jul 6, 2007

Comedian Patton Oswalt’s career has reached celebrity status, but his comedic presence has not waned. His most famous roles consist of Spence Olchin on The King of Queens and Rémy in the new animated feature Ratatouille. As a comedian, he started the Comedians of Comedy tours and Comedy Central series, bringing together comics such as Brian Posehn, Zack Galifianakis, Maria Bamford, and himself. On July 10th, 2007, Patton will be releasing his second comedy album, Werewolves and Lollipops.


Link to a track off his new CD: The Dukes of Hazzard


Appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien:



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