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Monday, Oct 1, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
100 Days, 100 Nights [MP3]
     


Amy Winehouse stole her band for her 15 minutes in the spotlight, but Sharon don’t care about that. Sharon’s been due for her name in bright lights for a long time, and those 100 days and 100 nights have finally produced a glorious and highly anticipated new album with the Dap-Kings that is earning critical praise from everyone from the New York Times to the Los Angeles Times and all spots in between. The world tour kicks off at the legendary Apollo Theatre, an apt first step to getting Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings en route to their own status as soul music legends. [PopMatters review]


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Budos Band
Chicago Falcon [MP3]
     


The Budos Band is the quintessence of Staten Island Soul. Their exciting new afro-influenced take on instrumental music has been captivating listeners from turntables as well as bandstands across the nation. Eleven pieces in all, their group consists of drums, bass, guitar, electric organ, two trumpets, baritone saxophone, and a percussion section employing bongos, congas, tambourine, guiro, clave, shekere and cowbell. Their music has been described as “compelling”, “unbridled”, “psychedelic”, “innovative”, and above all “soulful”. [PopMatters review]


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The Grey Race
On the Chin [MP3]
     


The Grey Race play soft melodic pop rock that is sure to appeal to fans of Paul McCartney (think Wings) and Sean Lennon (with perhaps a hint of John) as well as indie fans of Jeff Buckley and Midlake. American Songwriter says the debut album “Give It Love” is “quite a find”, and we hope you feel the same about its dark musings on the nature of survival in our everyday lives.


Klaxons
Magick (Simian Mobile Disco remix) [MP3]
     


Emma Pollock
Adrenaline [MP3]
     


Daft Punk
Human After All (Justice Remix) [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Sep 19, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Havoc
I’m the Boss [MP3]
     


Be There [MP3]
     


Mobb Deep MC and producer, Havoc, released his debut solo album, The Kush [18 Sept: Nature Sounds] this week. The album was produced in full by Havoc, and features appearances by Havoc’s Mobb Deep partner Prodigy (“Set Me Free”), along with 40 Glocc (“By My Side”), Nyce (“Set Me Free” and “Ride Out”), Un Pachino (“Ballin Out” and “Hit Me Up”), and Nitti (“Class By Myself”).


Doveman
Sunrise(Medley) [MP3]
     


With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead‘s [9 Oct: Brassland Records] 16 tracks alternate between melancholic chamber pop, sleepy folk music, and interludes which have more to do with lush, modern classical and experimental music. The songwriting and execution is that of a master craftsman, with meticulous attention paid to every detail. However it’s the voice of Thomas Bartlett—a heartbreaking, barely there sound—that gives the compositions their heft. With My Left Hand is a dense, experiential affair; a challenging yet engaging record that will truly reward repeat listening.


Dragons of Zynth
Get Off [MP3]
     


Coronation Thieves [25 Sept: Gigantic Music] (co-produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek) captures the same raw energy of a Dragons of Zynth show. The release follows a buzz-laden year in which the band saw themselves in a series of high profile concerts such as David Bowie’s Highline Festival, a Central Park Summerstage show with seminal punk band Television, and a date with indie royalty Modest Mouse.


Dragons of Zynth - Labor Day Lung


Emma Pollock
Adrenaline [MP3]
     


Galactic
What You Need [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Sep 6, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

David Dondero “Rothko Chapel”


From Simple Love on Team Love Records
From the acclaimed songwriting troubadour David Dondero comes Simple Love, David’s second release for Conor Oberst’s Team Love Records, and the follow up to the critically lauded 2005 release, South of the South. Few songwriters have experienced and expressed the sinking depths and uplifting optimism of humanity like David Dondero, and his ability to shine a light on the human condition (his own included) is inspiring.


Octoberman “Run From Safety”


From Run From Safety on White Whale Records
Upon first listen, it’s evident that Run From Safety is not only an album title but also a bold statement of intent. The album sublimely captures the sound of an artist abandoning the tried and true and striking out in unknown directions. While still fuelled by wanderlust, Octoberman’s music continues to remind us that not all journeys can be measured by distance alone.


Boddicker “Mississippi”


From Big Lionhearted and the Gallant Man on Banter Records
At 16 years old, Caleb Boddicker recorded a 22-track demo in the bedroom of his parent’s house in Mississippi. He was a sophomore in high school at the time and sold the demo online as a means of funding his future college education. He managed to sell over 1,000 copies to fans that were lucky enough to stumble across that gem of a record. In October of 2006, Boddicker entered Engine Studios in Chicago for a three-week recording session. The result is nothing short of a masterpiece. Boddicker’s gift of writing simple, yet powerful songs, combined with Deck’s production brilliance, culminated into a mind-blowing piece of work. The songs bounce from genre to genre, providing a glimpse into Boddicker’s erratic perception of the world.


Adrian Orange & Her Band “You’re My Home”


From Self-Titled on K Records
Rogue West African prison-funk from Adrian Orange and his rambling pack of peyote-laced thieves. These are outlaw anthems of life on the margins; Favella-core Latin American punk-hymns to Qaddafi and the insurgency. Machine gun stabs of sex and danger, love and death, life on the highway and lust in the jungles. This will probably be the last cohesive album of songs by this artist. It is in the process of vanishing in to the all, the beautiful unknown; where obscurely we-will-lay, willie, like lilies or be gulls, indefinitely. So get in, get out.


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Friday, Aug 31, 2007

Joel and Ethan Coen continue to be two of the most innovative directors today. Making their debut with Blood Simple, the Coen brothers showcased their ability to make neo-noirs. Since then, the Coens directed and produced classics such as Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski, and Fargo. Their latest film, No Country for Old Men, will be released early November.


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Thursday, Aug 30, 2007

Derrick Comedy continues to make people laugh with their hilarious anecdotes. This sketch comedy group has risen to fame through Youtube. The group consists of NYU graduates Dominic Dierkes, Dan Eckman, Donald Glover, and DC Pierson, and although each member has found success, they continue to come together to make new videos.


New Bike:


Funny:


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