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Wednesday, Aug 16, 2006
by PopMatters Staff
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Tuesday, Aug 15, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

EXCLUSIVE: New Mos Def Track on the PopMatters Player

“Boogie Man”
Tru3 Magic
Geffen Records

Mos Def has proven to be one of hiphop’s most accomplished renaissance-men by using his talents to achieve success not only in music but crossing over and blasting into acting with recent film roles in 16 Blocks, Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, The Italian Job, Monster’s Ball,in addition to reaching critical acclaim on Broadway and being awarded the coveted Peabody award for his work on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.

Mos Def returns to the music scene with his third solo album, TRU3 MAGIC, on September 19th.  Mos is back and he tackles the feeding frenzy generated by commercial hip-hop and the wealth it has created. The album features production by Pharrell Williams, Kayne West, Rich Harrison and more.

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Monday, Aug 14, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

The PopMatters Player has launched in conjunction with our friends at Insound.

Check out new songs by Television Personalities, The Sails, Spank Rock, Shearwater, Maximo Park, DeVotchKa, Mylo, Gotan Project, J. Dilla, Ani Difranco and many more.

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Monday, Aug 14, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Songs for Nao: Fourteen Bands From Japan
Various Artists
Chapter Music
Download “Stars” by Nagisa Ni Te (MP3, 192kbps)
Download “Book Of Life” by Maher Shalal Hash Baz (MP3, 192kbps)
Download “Here Is Very” by My Pal Foot Foot (MP3, 192kbps)

Achados E Perdidos
Quannum Projects
Download “Guerreiro” (MP3, 192kbps)

“Get lost. Then find yourself with a Brazilian wunderkind.” PopMatters review [7 out of 10]

Dengue Fever
Download “Sni Bong” (MP3, 192kbps)

“The Los Angeles sextet get thoughtful with their sashays the second time around. Just don’t call it Cambo-Pop.” PopMatters review [8 out of 10]

See You On The Moon! Songs For Kids Of All Ages
Broken Social Scene
Paper Bag Records
Download “Puff The Magic Dragon” (MP3, 192kbps)

Tepid Peppermint Wonderland:  A Retrospective
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Rubric Records
Download “Who?” (MP3, 192kbps)

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Friday, Aug 11, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Ani Difranco—"Millenium Theater"
From Reprieve on Righteous Babe Records
Every new album from singer/songwriter/guitarist Ani DiFranco gives listeners a reason to get excited about music all over again, and her latest, Reprieve, is certainly no exception. Across 12 tracks, DiFranco ignites more of her signature blend of poetry, politics and musicianship.

PopMatters review: Reprieve

Ani DiFranco—“Hypnotized” [Live on The Henry Rollins Show]

Evangelicals —"Here Comes Trouble"
From So Gone on Misra Records
Evangelicals have an uninhibited approach to making music that sounds spawned not from some scene or gaggle of influences, but a place that’s otherworldly and totally of the moment. Recorded using various four track machines and broken-down computers, So Gone sometimes sounds like a happy accident of sounds and songs, a collision of melody and atonality, a battle between tunefulness and dissonance.

PopMatters review: So Gone

  Stella (U.S.) —"NYC"
From American Weekend on Yesman Records
Though officially unreleased since its recording in 1999, Stella (U.S.)‘s American Weekend album has maintained a clandestine life of its own. Bootleg copies passed between friends and fans, and seemingly the only way to hear the album was through a pirate copy. Until now. Yesman Records is proud to announce the long awaited second release from this superlative rock band.

Hot One —"Do The Coup D’etat"
From Hot One on Modern Imperial Recordings
Hot One observes and aims to continue the tradition of music as a medium for social protest, a la the Clash, Public Enemy, Psychic TV, Woody Guthrie, Minor Threat, the MC5. As well, Hot One fully intends to bring the rock, regardless of content. Hot One takes a bead on both your mind and your crotch, and hopefully hits you somewhere in between.

Spoon —"Mountain To Sound"
From Soft Effects EP | “Telephono” on Merge Records
For legions of Spoon fans that have discovered the band only recently, through the success on albums such as Gimme Fiction, Kill The Moonlight, and Girls Can Tell, the first two Spoon recordings have been out of print. Now Merge Records is incredibly proud to reissue Telephono and Soft Effects, bringing the entire Spoon catalog under one roof for the first time.

PopMatters review: Soft Effects EP/Telephono

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