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Tuesday, Oct 3, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Diddy
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Bad Boy
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His moniker may have finally shrunk to Diddy, but Sean Combs has no shortage of things to say on his new single, “The Future”.  Taken from his forthcoming October 17 release, Press Play, “The Future” finds Diddy as bombastic as ever as he “proclaims on the track that he has ‘The potential to be the first Black President / iTunes download me in every residence… This is the man who provided more jobs for Black Men than armed services’. This is Diddy’s statement to the world about his future, our future, and the future of the music biz.” - Bad Boy/Atlantic Records


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Monday, Oct 2, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

PopMatters Exclusive


Midlake: The Videos of Van Occupanther Pt. 2


Midlake—“We Gathered in Spring”


Artist Commentary:
The great guys at Make And Do Creative and Nora Sound delivered a very cool video to us for “We Gathered In Spring.” The animation style of Monte Python’s Flying Circus somehow works perfectly with the somber tone of the song. The contrast between the day time and night time shots through the city, overlooking the lone tree on the hill, looks incredible. This song was one of the first songs to be recorded for the album, and really helped set the tone for the rest of the record. The feelings of isolation, timelessness, and sadness are all evident in this video. We have never performed this song with an accompanying video, so I am looking forward to the next tour, where others will get to see what these guys have come up with.—McKenzie Smith


Credits:
Creative Directors: David Motter and Jeremy Eartell
Animation: Gary Hornstein


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Monday, Oct 2, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

“Sugar Hill’s early recordings possessed an aural purity that met people’s hunger for authenticity and also seemed fresh and new. There was something honest about the sounds of the banjo, dobro, fiddle, and mandolin, and the way they mixed together.”—Steve Horowitz—PopMatters feature, “Sugar Hill Records: 25 Years and Going Strong”.


Tony Rice (guitar), Jerry Douglas (dobro), Sam Bush (mandolin), Mark O’Connor (fiddle)—“Wonder Where You Are Tonight”


Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs & Friends—“Tennessee Stud”


Guy Clark—“L.A. Freeway”


Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas & Friends—“Wheel Hoss”


Sonny Landreth—“All About You”


Sam Bush and Friends—“Molly and Tenbrooks”


Tim O’Brien, Ronnie McCoury & Chris Thile—“Bluegrass Stomp”


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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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