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Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Arcade Fire —"Black Mirror"
From Neon Bible on Merge


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The Arcade Fire spent most of 2006 holed up in a small church in a small town outside of Montreal. They were recording their second album Neon Bible. It was a slow year, mostly.


Air—"Once Upon a Time" From Pocket Symphony on Astralwerks Listen to “Once Upon a Time”

Now entering the 10th year of a highly illustrious career that has seen the band grow in stature to become one of the most instantly recognizable names in music, Parisian duo Air (Nicolas Godin and JB Dunckel) return with Pocket Symphony, a career masterpiece and their most seductive and accomplished work to date. Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin are modernists. Air embrace the new. Their music is intellectually stimulating yet intuitively simple; elegiac and triumphal; beyond pop and yet resolutely of it, too.


My Brightest Diamond —"Golden Star (Remix by Alias)"
From Tear It Dowm on Asthmatic Kitty


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My Brightest Diamond‘s Shara Worden has decided to set loose her bobby pins and let her hair fly on the ambient dance floor. Her latest semi-collaboration with 13 different remixers, entitled Tear It Down, reworks songs from the highly acclaimed album, Bring Me the Workhorse,  featuring tracks by Alias, Lusine, Murcof, Stakka and Gold Chains. Oh, it’s international too! With diplomatic representatives from Belgium, France, Mexico, The UK and America (East and West Coasts baby!), the remixes range from drum-n-bass, to glitchy, ambient, minimalism, and get-your-booty-on-the-dance-floor club music.


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Tuesday, Mar 13, 2007
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National Geographic Digital Media announces the release of the exclusive, digital-only GeoRemixed: Big Beats for a Small Planet through WorldMusic.NationalGeographic.com. The 13-song collection of previously unreleased tracks and remixes showcases sampled, dubbed-out, bass-thumping beats ranging from Gypsy brass to Maasai rap and Ethiopian hybrids, from Latino-Jewish rhymes to Mediterranean-meets-Caribbean surf rock and Brazilian hip hop. Since its launch last summer, MP3 Web site WorldMusic.NationalGeographic.com has emphasized the diversity of world music, inviting a plethora of hybrids and modern departures from tradition. 


“Musical cultures have been cross-pollinating since the earliest days of trade and border-crossing,” says WorldMusic.NationalGeographic.com editor Tom Pryor, who formerly edited the hip hop and world music sections at CD Now. “It would be a misrepresentation only to present recordings that preserve or recreate the world’s musical traditions. Traditions are always evolving.  GeoRemixed is a window into how hip hop and electronica are getting remixed into a spectrum of music across the globe.”- National Geographic Digital Media


Samples from GeoRemixed:


Slavic Soul Party
Teknochek Remix [RealAudio]


O.M.F.O.
Kozaks Hi Fi [RealAudio]


Xplastaz
Cheza (Kid Sundance Remix) [RealAudio]


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Monday, Mar 5, 2007
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LIVING LEGENDS (click on screen)


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THE WRENS (click on screen)


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Sunday, Mar 4, 2007
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EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY (click on screen)


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ZION-I (click on screen)


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Sunday, Mar 4, 2007
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THE RAPTURE
Check out the band in concert at Be The RIOTTT (click on screen)


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SAGE FRANCIS
Check out the band in concert at Be The RIOTTT (click on screen)


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