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by Paul Gregory Alms

8 Jul 2010

R.E.M.’s 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction has been remastered and will reissued on July 13th on Capitol and I.R.S. It’s been 25 years since this sometimes under appreciated record appeared. The 25th Anniversary edition will feature remastered versions of the album’s original 11 tracks, and a second disc of 14 demos. These demos include versions of the original 11 plus several other songs such as demos of “Hyena” and “Bandwagon” and a song entitled “Throw Those Trolls Away”. Here’s a stream of the demo version of the album’s opening track, “Feeling Gravity’s Pull”. Track list after the jump.

by Jessy Krupa

7 Jul 2010

On July 7th, 1940, Richard Starkey was born in Liverpool, but from 1959 on, he would mostly be known to the world as Ringo Starr. He gained that stage name while he was a drummer for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes because of the many rings he liked to wear, and the country and western sound to it. In 1962, the Beatles were looking for a new drummer to replace Pete Best. When they asked Starr, who had previously worked with them, what he thought about drum solos, he reportedly said, “I hate ‘em!”, which was the right answer for them.

by Sachyn Mital

7 Jul 2010

by PopMatters Staff

7 Jul 2010

The Gaslight Anthem have just released a new video for the title track of their new album that we just recently gave an 8. Andrew Gilstrap said, “American Slang is a big step forward for the Gaslight Anthem, showing more consistency and ambition than The ‘59 Sound. Naysayers might point to them as a band that’s found its niche, and is content to explore all the nooks and crannies of that niche. But a good listen to the way sharp guitars weave their way through the songs, or to the way drummer Benny Horowitz lays down lockstep rhythms that hearken back to a kind of rock ‘n’ roll that not made much anymore, and it’s obvious that the Gaslight Anthem are hammering away at something important. If not for them, then for a lot of us who love straightforward, ragged-soul rock ‘n’ roll.”

by Sachyn Mital

7 Jul 2010

To quote Moby’s journal, “the nice people at xlr8r asked me to do an old skool rave mix for their podcast series. so, as an unreformed raver, i said ‘yes’”. So, relive those early ‘90s rave days with a 48-minute techno mix from Moby. While his classic “Go” is not included, he does spin “Next Is the E” in with other full force dance tracks.


Track list:
01 Messiah “Temple of Dreams” (Kickin)
02 Mentasm “I Need Release”
03 Altern8 “Frequency” (Network)
04 N-Joi “Mindflux” (RCA)
05 Ragga Twins “Hooligan 69” (Shut Up and Dance)
06 Awesome 3 “Don’t Go” (City Beat)
07 Moby “Next is the E” (Instinct)
08 Hyper Go Go “High” (Hooj Choons)
09 Fierce Ruling Diva “You Gotta Believe” (React)
10 Bizarre Inc. “Playing With Knives” (Vinyl Solution)
11 Messiah “Xeroxed”
12 Dream Frequency “Feel So Real” (City Beat)

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