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Monday, Mar 26, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Evidence
All Said & Done (LP Version) - Evidence feat. Kobe [MP3]
     


Chase the Clouds Away (LP Version) [MP3]
     


Believe in Me (LP Version) - Evidence feat. Res [MP3]
     


“March 20 saw the release of the debut LP, The Weatherman, from Evidence of Dilated Peoples. Featuring “Mr. Slow Flow”, “All Said & Done” feat. Kobe, “Hot & Cold” feat. The Alchemist and “Believe in Me” feat. Res. Guest Appearances by Rakaa Iriscience, The Alchemist, Little Brother, Defari, Planet Asia, Madchild, Slug, Joe Scudda, Res, Chace Infinite, Sick Jacken and more.”—ABB Records

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Roger Waters
Hello (I Love You) [MP3]
     


Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Bomb Repeat Bomb (1954) [MP3]
     


Goldrush
Heaven’s My Destination [MP3]
     


Maria Taylor
A Good Start [MP3]
     


Lost Time [MP3]
     



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Sunday, Mar 25, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Tinariwen
Cler Achel [MP3] from Aman Iman: Water Is Life
     


“Tinariwen’s songs, almost always constructed over five-tone scales and wreathed in handclaps, are propelled by icy-hot guitars over sinuous French and Tamashek vocals. The material sometimes contains recollections of other Malian luminaries, such as Amadou and Mariam, Habib Koité, Oumou Sangaré, and the late Ali Farka Touré, plus New World descendants like Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and untold generations of Delta bluesmen. Their lyrics speak of drought and displacement, deceased heroes, and assouf, which like Brazilian saudade can mean longing, nostalgia, and love of home, but also a desert-dweller’s bone-deep craving for open wilderness and solitude. The third tune, Matajem Yinmixan (“Why All This Hate Between You?”), even harbors tantalizing echoes of European troubadour music, which after all evolved from some of the same ancient Muslim sources. On Ahimana (“Oh My Soul”), original founding member Mohammed Ag Itlale (aka “Japonais”), a renowned poet, interprets a style more usually performed by women, paradoxically with no loss of masculinity. Throughout, rangy, cloaked pickers are flanked by a female chorus whose hand drums are spiked by sharp, off-center clapping, shrill ululations, and fervent responses to the men’s singing. Together, they goad one another to heights of fervent experimentation while basking amid hallowed folkways.”—World Village

The National
Fake Empire [MP3]
     


Hail Social
Heaven [MP3]
     


Warning Sign [MP3]
     


Mother Hips
Time-Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear [MP3]
     



TOUR DATES
04/04 | San Francisco, CA
04/06 | San Francisco, CA
04/07 | San Francisco, CA
04/13 | Los Angeles, CA
04/14 | Solana Beach, CA
04/20 | Sacramento, CA
04/27 | Salt Lake City, UT
04/28 | Salt Lake City, UT
05/04 | New York, NY
05/05 | Hoboken, NJ
05/10 | Chicago, IL
05/12 | Minneapolis, MN
05/17 | Seattle, WA
05/18 | Portland, OR
05/19 | Hood River, OR



The Electric Soft Parade
If That’s The Case, Then I Don’t Know [MP3]
     



TOUR DATES
3/28 | London, Shepherds Bush Empire
3/29 | London, The Fly
4/18 | Stoke, The Sugarmill
4/19 | Newcastle, Stonelove @ Digital
4/20 | Dundee, Westport Bar




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Wednesday, Mar 21, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Patti Smith
Gimme Shelter [MP3]
     


“While her groundbreaking vision of “three chord rock merged with the power of the word” has ensured her place in rock & roll history, Patti Smith has, throughout her career, developed a reputation as one of pop music’s foremost interpreters, visiting the songs of other musical artists and transforming them through the lens of her own understanding, appreciation and imagination. Beginning with her first single, “Hey Joe,” in 1974 and her extrapolations of Van Morrison’s “Gloria” and Chris Kenner’s “Land of 1,000 Dances” on her seminal Horses album in 1975 through her live performances of songs ranging from “You Light Up My Life” to “My Generation” to her new album, Twelve, Patti Smith continues to reshape popular music’s classic source materials and make them her own.”—Columbia


Uncut
Out of Sight [MP3]
     


Breaking Glass [MP3]
     


Kiss Me [MP3]
     


All tracks from Modern Currencies on Paper Bag Records.
“This Toronto-based fourpiece build a wall of sound with cascading guitar squalls and pounding rhythms capable of moving the hairs on the back of your neck.”—Paper Bag Records


The Twilight Sad
Cold Days from the Birdhouse [MP3] from Fourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters on Fat Cat.
     


“This Glasgow band layers melodies to build a big and volatile anthem rock album.”—Fat Cat


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Tuesday, Mar 20, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Bang Bang
What We Need [MP3]
     


She Came From Outer Space [MP3]
     


“In Chicago, where yesterday’s bands get chewed up and spit out like fingernails, mutation is survival. It’s how Bang! Bang! has hammered away in the stretches of time that eat most bands alive (four years and counting to be exact.) But rather than growing legs and walking on land, this mutation has allowed Bang! Bang! to take a liberating plunge into new waters on their new LP, The Dirt That Makes You Drown (Morphius Records).”—Morphius



Tour dates
03.29 St. Louis, MO @ The Way Out Club
03.30 Springfield, MO @ The Outland
03.31 Little Rock, AR White Water Tavern
04.01 Hot Springs, AR @ Low Key Arts Building
04.02 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
04.03 Houston, TX @ The Proletariat
04.04 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
04.05 Mobile, AL @ Cellblock
04.06 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
04.07 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
04.09 Carrboro, NC @ Reservoir Bar
04.10 Baltimore, MD @ Lo-Fi Social Club
04.11 Brooklyn, NY @ Trash Bar
04.13 Hamtramck, MI @ The Belmont
04.14 Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen
04.19 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
04.20 Amarillo, TX @ E.O.S.
04.21 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
04.22 Juarez, Mexico @ Line Bar
04.23 El Paso, TX @ Zeppelins Pub
04.24 Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space
04.25 Hollywood, CA @ Safari Sam’s
04.26 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
04.28 Sacramento, CA @ Old Iron Sides
05.01 Denver, CO @ 15th Street Tavern
05.02 Lawrence, KS @ The Replay
05.04 Burbank, IL @ Champs Rock Room



Bracken
Heathens [MP3] from We Know About the Need on Anticon.
     


We Know About the Need is the debut album from Bracken, the shrouded-in-mystery solo venture of Chris Adams (otherwise voice and co-sound designer of Leeds legends Hood). It’s a blunt introduction, with the first track picking up as if mid-song: the head-nodding beat and aqueous guitar plucks of “Of Athroll Slains” sounding like some lost instrumental transmission from the Wu’s 36 Chambers picked up by CB radio and rebroadcast here. Bloops, beeps and squelches of strings swirl about, as Chris’ voice comes through sounding wonderfully wrecked and world-weary.”—Anticon


Muslimgauze
Fazizi [MP3] from Intifaxa on Extreme Records.
     


“A contemporary vision of world music where western and Arabic rhythms create a chilling seductive state.”—Extreme


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Monday, Mar 19, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Self TitledMatt & Kim
All tracks from Self Titled on iheartcomix.
Yea Yeah [MP3]
     


No More Long Years [MP3]
     


“Brooklyn duo/couple Matt and Kim can’t stop exuding energy—they can only hope to contain it, all while gleefully messing with the usual formula in their debut album.”—iheartcomix


SanDj Klock
Theme [MP3]
     


“One of Japan’s most celebrated underground heros, DJ Klock drops his first U.S. recoding. This is art/hip-hop, experiments in minimilism, maximilism and general turntable weirdness.”—Ropeadope


SJ Esau
Cat Track (He Has No Balls) [MP3]
     


“For SJ Esau’s Anticon debut, the Bristol-based bedroom virtuoso continues his masterful balance of sonic manipulation and songcraft across 12 alternately expansive and explosive tracks. You’ll find Wrong Faced Cat Feed Collapse on the rarely tread common ground between Slint, Arab Strap, Fog, Sonic Youth and Mogwai (with Fennesz and Jim O’Rourke lurking in the shadows), which is to say, this is an album that successfully bridges genre-less explorations into sound to detailed composition, solo meanderings to inspired collaboration, a sense of humor to a sense of melancholy, and the listener to a unique world that could only be inhabited and operated by SJ Esau himself.”—Anticon


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