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Tuesday, Apr 3, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Chicken on a Raft
Which Side Are You On? [MP3]

I Got Your Ice Cold Nugrape [MP3]

“Chicken on a Raft is Thom Moore (Moore Brothers, Nedelle and Thom) and Tommy Carns (Billy Talbott Band). Sharing a mutual love for traditional folk music, the duo began playing music in the tradition of the Watersons, reviving folk music culled from wax cylinders and the Library of Congress. Their debut album is a collection of American Traditionals, ballads, and popular tunes that have passed down from generation to generation, each iteration providing it’s own input to the meaning of a lyric and melody. They tell stories of loves lost, political intrigue, and lingering mysteries that are as true and applicable today as when first sung by a long forgotten minstrel. ”—Antenna Farm Records

War [MP3]

04/03/07 Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret   w/ The Constantines
04/04/07 Regina, Saskatchewan - The Exchange   w/ The Constantines
04/05/07 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Louis’ Pub   w/ The Constantines
04/06/07 Edmonton, Alberta - The Starlite Room   w/ The Constantines
04/07/07 Calgary, Alberta - The Hi-Fi Club   w/ The Constantines
04/08/07 Calgary, Alberta - The Hi-Fi Club   w/ The Constantines
04/09/07 Canmore, Alberta - Canmore Hotel   w/ The Constantines
04/12/07 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Plaza Club   w/ The Constantines
04/13/07 Victoria, British Columbia - Sugar Nightclub   w/ The Constantines
04/14/07 Tofino, British Columbia - The Legion   w/ The Constantines
05/02/07 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/04/07 Portland, OR - Dante’s   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/05/07 Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ballroom   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/06/07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Plaza Club   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/09/07 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/10/07 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/11/07 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/12/07 Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/14/07 Ottawa, Ontario - Barrymore’s   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/15/07 Montreal, Quebec - Le National   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/16/07 Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/17/07 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/18/07 New York, NY - Irving Plaza   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/19/07 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/22/07 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/23/07 Columbus, OH - The Basement   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/24/07 Newport, KY - Southgate House   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes

Billy Martin and John Medeski
Crustaceatron [MP3] from Mago

Organist John Medeski and drummer Billy Martin celebrate almost two decades since their first musical meeting (a duet session at Martin’s Brooklyn loft back in 1989). Finally, they made the record they vowed to do before their popular band, Medeski Martin and Wood, kept them so busy. The first and last tracks are expansive free-flowing spontaneous compositions they do with such grace and passion, but the majority of the tracks are filled with head-nodding booty-shaking grooves that only they could have created.

Mago Track Listing
1. Introducing Mago
2. Crustaceatron
3. Mojet
4. Apology
5. Bamboo Pants
6. Thundercloud
7. Bonfa
8. Safak
9. Miss Teardrop
10. Syncretism
11. L’Aventura
12. Bamboo Pants (Short and Raw Version)

Human Giant, the new MTV comedy series staring Aziz Ansari, Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel
The first episode [iTunes]

MTV’s new short film comedy Human Giant takes over the network with its own style of fast-paced, hard-hitting comedy beginning April 5 at 10:30 PM/ET. Consisting of four members—Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, and Jason Woliner—Human Giant delivers a unique brand of comedy in short film-style. The eight-episode series premieres as part of MTV’s new Thursday night comedy line-up featuring new series Adventures in HollyHood and Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz, as well as a new season of Pimp My Ride.

Goblin City [MP3]

Uncertainly [MP3]

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Monday, Apr 2, 2007
by PopMatters Staff


Our Haunt [MP3]

You’re Keeping Us Up [MP3]

Buy at iTunes

Dead Ones ft. Nas (Remix) [MP3]

All the Money [MP3]

Tape It [MP3]

Hideaway [MP3]

Dark Horse [MP3]

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Sunday, Apr 1, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Andy Partridge —"I Lovely Cosmonaut"
From Monstrance on Ape House
Over a year ago, XTC founder/guitarist Andy Partridge, original XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews and drummer Martyn Barker (longtime bandmate of Barry’s in Shriekback) began to discuss convening as a trio to make improvisational music under the name “Monstrance”. These three finally got together to record live for three days amassing nearly eight hours of material which was subsequently sorted and mixed by Future Sound Of London guitarist Stuart Rowe and engineer Merv Carswell yielding Monstrance’s self-titled debut, a two disc set of overdub/edit-free music.

The Rosebuds —"Get Up Get Out"
From Night of the Furies on Merge
Night of the Furies is the third full-length from The Rosebuds, and will have fans heading for the dance floor with “Get Up Get Out” and “Hold on to This Coat.” Stylistically, however, Night of the Furies follows a logical progression from their earlier work, The Rosebuds Make Out (2003) and Birds Make Good Neighbors (2005). The danceable beats meld with catchy melodies built on themes both dark and seductive. Thematically, the songs are presented as individual and random parts of a larger story. The mood is ominous yet enticing; dangerous yet enchanting. Lyrics explore revolution and struggle, actions and consequences, but also love and redemption. One could easily just bounce along on the infectious pop hooks. Dig a little deeper, however, and a larger story and unified themes begin to unfold.

CocoRosie —"Rainbowarriors"
From The Adventures of Ghosthorse & Stillborn on Touch and Go
This album is a departure from the obscured blur of stained glass rêve to a more self-exploitive memoir. Parts are dreamy and parts are savage, but, as with an opera where death represents a secret heaven, the whole record feels like a black diamond in the snow. From her humble beginnings in the South of France, the saga sailed the Seven Seas all the way to that icy crack in the Earth’s crust just outside of Reykjavik. Upon her return to her Parisian homeland, she shared a mystical rendezvous with beautiful sailors Pierre et Gilles, the album cover being the consequence of that affair.

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Friday, Mar 30, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
BIRDMONSTER [Photo: Chad Wadsworth]

BIRDMONSTER [Photo: Chad Wadsworth]

Cause You Can [MP3]

Skeleton Suit [MP3]

Kate Havnevik
Unlike Me [MP3]

J Dilla
The $ (Madlib Remix) [MP3]

Dinosaur Jr.
Almost Ready [MP3]

Patrick Wolf
The Magic Position (promo mix) [MP3]

The Black Lips
Buried Alive [MP3]

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Wednesday, Mar 28, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Asleep at the Wheel
Am I Right (Or Amarillo) [MP3] from Reinventing the Wheel, out March 20.

“Thirty-seven years and 9 Grammys later, the “Wheel” is still rollin’. Enjoy our 1st collection of new songs in a decade.”—Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel)

Flyentology [MP3]

Pop Levi
Sugar Assault Me Now [MP3]

The Young Knives
She’s Attracted To [MP3]

U Gat Me [MP3]

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