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Wednesday, May 23, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

All this week PopMatters is offering exclusive excerpts from the new Chris Salewicz biography of Joe Strummer, published this week in the U.S. by Faber & Faber.


Wednesday [5/23]: Strummer hangs with Warhol; Thatcher comes to power, and after a lot of sweaty work in a shadowy space in the back of a garage, London Calling is unveiled like a gleaming, bad-ass drag racer.  [read article]


Here we offer some of the best videos from The Clash’s London Calling, Cost of Living EP, and Sandinista!:


The Clash - Clampdown


The Clash - London Calling


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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

All this week PopMatters is offering exclusive excerpts from the new Chris Salewicz biography of Joe Strummer, published this week in the U.S. by Faber & Faber.


Tuesday [5/22]: Hop aboard the Anarchy tour bus for an exclusive ride with everyman’s thinking man and his smart band: the Clash’s first tour, first single, and their first album.  [read article]


Here we offer some of the best videos from The Clash’s first two albums, although some of the live dates are from the early ‘80s and offer better sound quality than video from 1977-78:


The Clash - Capital Radio & Janie Jones


The Clash - White Man in Hammersmith Palais [Live in Japan]


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Monday, May 21, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

All this week PopMatters is offering exclusive excerpts from the new Chris Salewicz biography of Joe Strummer, published this week in the U.S. by Faber & Faber.


Monday [5/21]: In the first installment, beginning with news of Strummer’s death, Salewicz remembers Joe’s drive, humor, and constant internal conflict. [read article]


Here we offer some of the best videos from Strummer’s career with the Mescaleros:


Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - Johnny Appleseed


Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - Coma Girl


Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - Safe European Home [Live at the Roseland Ballroom in New York (1999)]


Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - White Man in Hammersmith Palais [Live in Cologne, Germany (1999)]


Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - Tommy Gun [Live at the Roseland Ballroom in New York (1999)]


Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - Rudie Can’t Fail [Live at the Roseland Ballroom in New York (1999)]


Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - London Calling [Live at the Roseland Ballroom in New York (1999)]


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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
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Bacalao Con Pan [MP3]
     


“An unprecedented combination of socialism and artistic freedom flourished during the mid-years of Castro’s Cuba, enabling musicians to create an innovative body of music based on traditional styles like those made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club. Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba captures the spirit of this time. The music ranges from son, beat, jazz, and funk, and abounds with psychedelic influences, electronic experimentation, and a heavy dose of soul. Communist funk may seem unlikely, but here it is.”—Waxing Deep Records

Nick Drake
They’re Leaving Me Behind [MP3]
     


Charlotte Gainsbourg
The Songs That We Sing [MP3]
     


The Ladybug Transistor
Three Days From Now [MP3]
     


Page France
Hat and Rabbit [MP3]
     



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Sunday, May 13, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Immaculate Machine —"Dear Confessor "
From Fables on Mint
While traditional fables are simplistic and moralizing, Immaculate Machine’s Fables is an open-ended series of vignettes based on the idea that our lives are stories. These tales of travel and mischief leave plenty of room for listener interpretation. The energetic Victoria based trio formed in 2002 and released two CDs independently before signing to Mint Records. Their critically acclaimed debut Mint album, Ones and Zeros, was released in 2004.


Tarwater —"A Marriage in Belmont"
From Spider Smile on Morr Music
It’s the sound, not the song. At least at the beginning. Bernd Jestram and Ronald Lippok sit in their recording studio located in the heart of their city and turn the knobs, press the buttons, shift the regulators. Until they find a sound, until a sound finds its way to them. A rhythm, a melody, a noise. “Then, we slowly write the song afterwards.” For Spider Smile, Tarwater have found astonishing decided pop songs. They, the electro duo, each of them with his roots in East-Berlin’s sub culture and avant-garde. Their songs being full of allusions and references shall encourage the listener to link his/her own stories with the ones by Tarwater.


Benni Hemm Hemm —"snjórjljóssnjór"
From Kajak on Morr Music
So much time didn’t go by. And quick it was, too. Not only the sounds and texts for Benni Hemm Hemm’s second album Kajak were written within a few, concentrated weeks. The recordings in Sundlaugin, the studio of Sigur Rós, were also done within only four days. During four magical days eleven musicians recorded thirteen vibrating tracks. With kettledrums and trumpets, with guitars, trombones and a glockenspiel. Emotionally, energetically, emphatically. An insistent shining. Warm and visible already from a distance.


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