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Monday, Dec 11, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Will.i.am and Common perform Common’s new single “A Dream”. The song was produced by Will.i.am and will be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Freedom Writers, in theaters January 5th. Get more at Youtube.com/beheard.


Common and Will.i.am - “A Dream” Live Performance


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Sunday, Dec 10, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Various Artists
Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album


Imaad Wasif: “The New Year”
The Robot Ate Me: “Wonderland”
Mary Timony Band “Hapi Holidaze”


 


“Joy to the World, The Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album is here! Thirteen tracks from Kill Rock Stars friends both old and new playing playing holiday standards and original songs inspired by the season.”—Kill Rock Stars



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Saturday, Dec 9, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

The Klezmatics
Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah


“Hanukah Tree”
“Spin Dreydl Spin”


 


“The Klezmatics play soul-stirring Jewish roots music for our time, recreating klezmer in arrangements and compositions that combine Jewish identity and mysticism with a contemporary zeitgeist and a postmodern aesthetic.  Since their founding in New York City’s East Village in 1986, the Klezmatics have celebrated the ecstatic nature of Yiddish music with works which are by turns wild, spiritual, provocative, reflective and danceable.”—Jewish Music Group



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Thursday, Dec 7, 2006

Nas (feat. Jay-Z)—"Black Republican" (Windows Media)
Nas (feat. will.i.am)—"Hip-Hop Is Dead" (Windows Media)
From Hip-Hop Is Dead on Def Jam


When we last left Nas with Street Prophets, Pierre Hamilton concluded, “As an MC, many predicted he’d be rap’s next ruler. He’s been attacked as a heretic, he’s carried the cross on wax, and now he’s old. Nas is no longer the 18-year-old kid scribbling in his book of rhymes from his parent’s apartment…. Only tomorrow knows if future generations will fully interpret his prophecies and until then, Nas will always be a disciple for the streets, the Afro-centric Asian, half-man/half-amazing.”  With the December 19 release of Hip-Hop Is Dead, Nas is back to drop the ultimate challenge: burn it all down and rebuild it into something new.

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Wednesday, Dec 6, 2006

Ghostface Killah (feat. Amy Winehouse)—"You Know I’m No Good" (Windows Media)
From More Fish on Def Jam


Reviewing Ghostface Killah’s Spring 2006 release Fishscale, Dan Nishimoto commented, “Who brings the grit to an R&B hit? Not, Meth, but Ghost. Who works the underground circuit? GZA, kinda, but not like Ghost. And who still finds life in those ol’ synthetic, trampish, skull snappin’ breaks? You guessed it. Unlike his compatriots who became instant vintage, Ghostface has slowly raised his work from a coiling simmer to a bubbling boil.”  And now Ghost is back for the second time this year with the forthcoming More Fish, released in the US on December 12.

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