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Friday, Sep 29, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

“Though the Byrds only reached the popular heights of the Beatles, the Who, and the Stones for a short period in the mid-’60s, their influence is arguably greater than any of their peers.  Their folk jangle still resonates in bands like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, R.E.M., and the Jayhawks.  And, if you wanted to take a wider view, you could say that everyone labeled red dirt, space rock, cosmic rock, alt-country, or just plain folk owes some debt to the Byrds.”—Michael Franco, PopMatters review: The Byrds, There Is a Season


The Byrds—Turn, Turn, Turn [The Ed Sullivan Show, 1965]


The Byrds—Mr. Tambourine Man [The Ed Sullivan Show, 1965]


The Byrds—I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better [Hullabaloo, 1965]


The Byrds—All I Really Want to Do [Top of the Pops, 1965]


The Byrds—The Bells of Rhymney


The Byrds—Eight Miles High


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Friday, Sep 29, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

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Tuesday, Sep 26, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

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Uma [MP3]


Tiga
(Far From) Home [MP3]


TV on the Radio
Wolf Like Me [MP3]


Tom Waits
Bottom of the World [MP3]


Ben Kweller
I Don’t Know Why [MP3]


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Doctor Blind [MP3]


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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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