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Tuesday, Jul 31, 2007

Jazz legend Charles Mingus is still recognized today as one of the great jazz composers and performers. In 1956, Mingus released Pithecanthropus Erectus, his breakthrough album. Since then, he continued to release album after album until his death in 1979. Although he has been dead for 43 years, Blue Note recently released Cornell 1964.


The Charles Mingus Sextet, Live in Norway in 1964 (Partial):


Flowers for a Lady in 1975:



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Monday, Jul 30, 2007

Comedian Zach Galifianakis continues to entertain audiences with his quirky, odd sense of humor. Host of the short lived talk show, Late World with Zach, Galifianakis quickly reached fame as a comedian, performing on the Comedians of Comedy tour with Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, and Maria Bamford. On March 6, 2007, he released a DVD of his stand-up act, Live at the Purple Onion. Most recently, Zach, along with Will Oldham, filmed a music video for Kanye West’s new song, Can’t Tell Me Nothing.



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Sunday, Jul 29, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Maps
Mute Records releases the latest single, “You Don’t Know Her Name”, from Map’s debut this Tuesday.  It will be a digital EP and include the following B-sides: “Fall Apart”, “Elouise (Six Toes Mix)”, and The Field remix of “You Don’t Know Her Name”.


“The most astonishing thing about We Can Create is that it was created without the aid of computers. Spliced together on a 16-track, Chapman ends up creating an album that sounds like the love child of M83, Air, and even Stars. Ambitious and moody settings lay out a framework for his own delicate and vulnerable vocals to go down easy.  And indeed, this is an easily digestible album. While Chapman may be playing the same game as the aforementioned artists, he is certainly not yet as accomplished or adventurous. Yet, during the album’s best moments it is every bit as satisfying as Talkie Walkie or Before The Dawn Heals Us.”—Kevin Jagernauth, PopMatters review [7/10]



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Friday, Jul 27, 2007

New York City’s Animal Collective continues to draw fans closer and naysayers further away with their experimental brand of rock. Started in 2000, Animal Collective consists of Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist. In October 2005, they released Feels, an album met with critical acclaim. Animal Collective’s eight full-length album, Strawberry Jam, will be released September, 2007.


Fireworks from Strawberry Jam:



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Thursday, Jul 26, 2007

Although the upcoming election is far away, the candidates have been campaigning fiercely. It seems as if there is always another debate to help the American public decide between the many candidates. Recently, on July 23, CNN held the “Youtube Debates,” where people recorded questions to ask the candidates. Currently it has only been held for the Democrats, but Monday, September 17, the “Youtube Debates” will be held for the Republicans.


Recap of the debate


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