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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Spoon
The Underdog [MP3] from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga on Merge
     


[MySpace]


N.E.R.D.
She Wants to Move (Justice Remix) [MP3]
     


White Rabbits
The Plot [MP3] from Fort Nightly on Say Hey
     


[MySpace]


The Sharp Things
Ocean Part Deux [MP3] from A Moveable Feast on Bar/None
     


Storm King [MP3] from A Moveable Feast on Bar/None
     


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Monday, Jun 11, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Socalled
(These Are The) Good Old Days [MP3] from Ghettoblaster on Jdub
     


You Are Never Alone [MP3]
     


Hip-hop/klezmer/pop, a real genre mash-up from this Canadian beatmaker.  Eclectic like we love it here at PopMatters.
[MySpace]


Okkervil River
Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe [MP3] from Stage Names (Jagjaguwar)
     


[MySpace]


Our Life is not a Movie or Maybe [Live KEXP broadcast from Austin City Limits - 3/16/07]


John Mayall
Palace of the King [MP3] from In the Palace of the King (Eagle Rock)
     


John P. Strohm
Sha La [MP3]
     



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Sunday, Jun 10, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Ryan Adams
Everybody Knows [MP3]
     


Everybody Knows [Video]
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The Lodger
Kicking Sand [MP3]
     


Jangly UK pop reminscent of the Bluetones and a poppier Libertines.  Yep, the NME loves them too.


Justice
D.A.N.C.E. [MP3]
     


Christy and Emily
Noah [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Sacala Bailar [MP3]
     


Buy at Six Degrees Records
Buy at iTunes


On United We Swing, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra continues with their tradition of classic-meets-contemporary “Salsa dura” sound with refreshing originality.”—Six Degrees Records


Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival


Mansbestfriend
Missile Defense [MP3]
     


Buy at Rhapsody


“New instrumental album under Sole’s alter-ego Mansbestfriend. While past Mansbestfriend projects dwell in a glorious sort of doom, Poly.sci.187 plays ethereal and heavy like a series of ghost dreams drifting through thick Arizona air. The title reads as the foregone conclusion of Sole’s notable ventures, both philosophical and literal, into a world of human strife and dirty politics: “Political Science: This Shit’ll Kill You.” But without true lyrical content, the instrumental Poly.sci.187 occupies a space more reflective than edifying, its songs positing suggestion and sentiment in the mind of the listener about our most current troubled times.”—Anticon Records


Madagascar
When Last We Heard of Gentlemen [MP3]
     


Goodbye East, Goodbye West [MP3]
     


Buy at iTunes Music Store


“The second album from Balitmore band Madagascar. Balkan folk meets Eplosions in the Sky meets Devotchka. Goodbye East, Goodbye West documents the refinement and growth of the Madagascar’s unique sound. Each track uses crisscrossing accordion, saw, and glockenspiel melodies; anchored by bass, acoustic guitar, and percussion. These instrumental elements are perfectly punctuated with beautiful wordless vocals. From playful waltzes and clanky dirges, to minimalist scrapes and drones, to their arrangement of the Chanukah staple “S’vivon,” Goodbye East, Goodbye West, is a uniquely satisfying and mystifying collection of songs.”—Western Vinyl Records



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Thursday, May 24, 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.


Thursday [5/24]: 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 Combat Rock and This Is Radio Clash, plus various highlights from the early ‘80s:


The Clash—This is Radio Clash


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