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Wednesday, Mar 21, 2007
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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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Sunday, Mar 18, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

A Northern Chorus
The Millions Too Many [MP3]
     


Apostle of Hustle
My Sword Hand’s Anger [MP3]
     


Mico
Phenomena of the Mind [MP3]
     


Icicles
La Ti Da [MP3]
     


The Early Years
All Ones and Zeroes [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Arcade Fire —"Black Mirror"
From Neon Bible on Merge


Listen to “Black Mirror”

The Arcade Fire spent most of 2006 holed up in a small church in a small town outside of Montreal. They were recording their second album Neon Bible. It was a slow year, mostly.


Air—"Once Upon a Time" From Pocket Symphony on Astralwerks Listen to “Once Upon a Time”

Now entering the 10th year of a highly illustrious career that has seen the band grow in stature to become one of the most instantly recognizable names in music, Parisian duo Air (Nicolas Godin and JB Dunckel) return with Pocket Symphony, a career masterpiece and their most seductive and accomplished work to date. Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin are modernists. Air embrace the new. Their music is intellectually stimulating yet intuitively simple; elegiac and triumphal; beyond pop and yet resolutely of it, too.


My Brightest Diamond —"Golden Star (Remix by Alias)"
From Tear It Dowm on Asthmatic Kitty


Listen to “Golden Star”

My Brightest Diamond‘s Shara Worden has decided to set loose her bobby pins and let her hair fly on the ambient dance floor. Her latest semi-collaboration with 13 different remixers, entitled Tear It Down, reworks songs from the highly acclaimed album, Bring Me the Workhorse,  featuring tracks by Alias, Lusine, Murcof, Stakka and Gold Chains. Oh, it’s international too! With diplomatic representatives from Belgium, France, Mexico, The UK and America (East and West Coasts baby!), the remixes range from drum-n-bass, to glitchy, ambient, minimalism, and get-your-booty-on-the-dance-floor club music.


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