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Friday, Apr 27, 2007

Perhaps the greatest cellist of the 20th century and surely one of the finest musicians of our times or of any age, Mstislav Rostropovich has died at the age of 80 in a Moscow cancer hospital.  Rostropovich inspired countless composers to develop works for the cello, Shostakovich and Britten among them, and he made the instrument synonymous with his name.  Born in 1927 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the son of a musical family, Rostropovich studied at the Moscow Conservatory with famed Russian composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev.  He went on to early fame and was a major influence on all the young cellists following in his wake.  Rostropovich was also a voice of dissendence and a champion of cultural freedom during the Cold War era, resulting in the loss of his Soviet citizenship in 1978.  Rostropovich was a true musical giant and we remember him here with some video highlights, including Bach, Haydn and a six-part rendition of the work most associated with him, Dvořák’s B minor cello concerto.—Sarah Zupko


Rostropovich - Dvořák Cello Concerto - Part 1


Rostropovich - Dvořák Cello Concerto - Part 2


Rostropovich - Dvořák Cello Concerto - Part 3


Rostropovich - Dvořák Cello Concerto - Part 4


Rostropovich - Dvořák Cello Concerto - Part 5


Rostropovich - Dvořák Cello Concerto - Part 6


Rostropovich - Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1


Rostropovich - Bach’s Bourree - Suite No 3


Rostropovich - Haydn Cello Concerto [1981]


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Thursday, Apr 26, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Elk City
Cherries in the Snow [MP3]
     


Los Cruzados [MP3]
     


You Got Me [MP3]
     


Buy at iTunes Music Store


“Lead-singer of Elk City and firebrand, Renée LoBue brings you on what feels like a free-wheeling make-out session right after your worst break-up.”—Friendly Fire Recordings


CéU
ave cruz [MP3]
     


Buy at Six Degrees Records


“Just when you think that Brazil must surely have exhausted its supply of irresistibly jazzy, funky, sexy, soulful electro-pop singer-songwriters, someone like CéU comes along and irresistibly mixes samba, reggae, dub, electronica and soul music and makes you think that maybe that particular well is bottomless after all.”—Six Degrees Records


Elliott Smith
Between the Bars [MP3]
     


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“Drink up baby / Stay up all night / With the things you could do / You won’t but you might / The potential you’ll be / That you’ll never see / The promises you’ll only make”. So starts “Between The Bars”, from Elliott Smith’s third solo album either/or. It’s as good a statement as any to describe the mood of this collection of songs about drug abuse, failed relationships and the pitfalls of stardom. Not that Elliott Smith the songwriter or performer isn’t making the most of his own potential here. It’s the downfall of his characters. Over the course of his first two solo outings, Roman Candle (Cavity Search) and his self-titled second effort (Kill Rock Stars), his fans are left to wonder if he isn’t writing entirely autobiographically. It would be hard to imagine that the majority of his lyrics, so sincere and detailed, could be a work of fiction. With his admitted past drug use and problems with relationships (both family and otherwise), it seems clear these songs are him, raw and unedited. >> read full PopMatters review


Dungen
Familj [e-card with downloadable MP3]


Shearwater
Red Sea, Black Sea [MP3]
     


Rock Plaza Central
My Children, Be Joyful [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Apr 19, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Patrick Wolf
The Magic Position (promo mix) [MP3]
     


Arctic Monkeys
Brianstorm


Jay-Z + Biggie
Allure (Ratatat remix) [MP3]
     


Black Moth Super Rainbow
Sun Lips [MP3]
     


Drippy Eye (Octopus Project remix) [MP3]
     


The Boggs
Arm in Arm [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
Ed Rec Vol 2

Ed Rec Vol 2


Various Artists
Ed Rec Vol 2 Feadz Medley [MP3]
     


Xiu Xiu
Hello from Eau Claire (Gold Chains remix) [MP3]
     


Fabulous Muscles (Kid 606 remix) [MP3]
     


Minus Story
Stitch Me Up [MP3]
     


Jana Hunter
Valkyries [MP3]
     


Paul Duncan
The Lake Pt. 2 [MP3]
     



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Monday, Apr 16, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
LEEROY STAGGER [Photo: Sarah Rhude]

LEEROY STAGGER [Photo: Sarah Rhude]


Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts
Depression River [MP3]
     


Where I Live [MP3]
     


Satellite [MP3]
     


Parts & Labor
Fractured Skies [MP3]
     


Lifesavas
Gutterfly [MP3]
     


Casper and the Cookies
Sid from Central Park [MP3]
     


Part Chimp
New Cross [MP3]
     



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