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Thursday, Jun 22, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


Click


Releasing: 23 June 2006 (wide)
Cast:  Adam Sandler, Christopher Walken, Kate Beckinsale, David Hasselhoff, Sean Astin
Director: Frank Coraci


Waist Deep


Releasing: 23 June 2006 (wide)
Cast:  Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, Larenz Tate, The Game, H. Hunter Hall
Director: Vondie Curtis Hall


The Great New Wonderful


Releasing: 23 June 2006 (limited)
Cast:  Tony Shalhoub, Edie Falco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olympia Dukakis, Tom McCarthy
Director: Danny Leiner


Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man


Releasing: 21 June 2006 (New York)
Cast:  Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker (II)
Director: Lian Lunson


The Road to Guantanamo


Releasing: 23 June 2006 (limited)
Cast:  Rizwan Ahmed, Ruhel Ahmed, Asif Iqbal, Shafiq Rasul, Farhad Harun
Director:  Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross


Say Uncle


Releasing: 23 June 2006 (limited)
Cast:  Peter Paige, Kathy Najimy, Anthony Clark, Gabrielle Union, Melanie Lynskey
Director:  Peter Paige


Wassup Rockers


Releasing: 23 June 2006 (New York)
Cast:  Jonathan Velasquez, Francisco Pedrasa, Milton Velasquez, Usvaldo Panameno, Laura Cellner
Director:  Larry Clark



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Wednesday, Jun 21, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


The Eighteenth Day Of May —"Hide + Seek"
From The Eighteenth Day of May on Hannibal Records
The debut album from London-based band The Eighteenth of May is a unique, refreshing and thoroughly modern take on traditional folk music. Recently released in the UK to much critical acclaim, the band now find themselves at the forefront of the emerging UK "neo-folk" scene.



Portastatic —"Lively Chase"
From the Original Film Score for Who Loves the Sun on Merge Records
Mac McCaughan is an immensely talented songwriter. He first gained fame in the late 80’s and early 90’s as front man and principal songwriter for the rock band Superchunk. In the mid-90’s Mac also formed Portastatic as an outlet for all the material he was writing that did not fit the Superchunk mold.



Black Heart Procession —"Not Just Words"
From The Spell on Touch and Go Records
The Spell is the most fitting name yet for a Black Heart Procession record. Spells are cast over a person, a love affair, a nation, a world; they enchant and entrap, disorient and delude. They are the heart of this record, both the webs they spin and the snap that occurs when they’re broken. And there is no better word to describe the spooky intoxication of The Black Heart Procession’s sound.   



Shapes and Sizes—"Wilderness"
From Shapes and Sizes on Asthmatic Kitty
From Canada’s misty Pacific Southwest emerges Shapes and Sizes, fully formed and self-defined, yet redolent with future promise. Shapes and Sizes’ melodic pop inhabits a world of beauty, noise, whispers, and elusive, contradictory moods, where the dynamic of a steam piston gives way to elegiac understatement, often within one song.


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Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

Field Mob
Light Poles and Pine Trees full album listening party (explicit) [windows | real]
Light Poles and Pine Trees full album listening party (clean) [windows | real]
“Remember when Hip-Hop fans actually wrote down the words to their favorite songs and memorized them. Today, it’s hard to find MCs who make you think, and critics are quick to condemn Southern rappers as the worst offenders of all. Enter Field Mob and their third album, Light Poles and Pine Trees. The pioneers of the country boy movement waste no time delivering lyrics destined to switch up the game. Respect ‘em because you can’t check ‘em. Painting vivid pictures powered by their colorful, down-home perspective, Field Mob’s rhymes stand out.”—Geffen Records


Field Mob - So What


Portishead
“Key Bored 299 33” [MP3]


Early Day Miners
“Return of the Native” [MP3]


M. Ward
“To Go Home” [MP3]


The Gossip
““Are U That Somebody?” [MP3]


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Monday, Jun 19, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


Jamie Lidell
“Multiply” (in a Minor Key) [MP3]
multiple songs [MySpace]
PopMatters review: Multiply


Jamie Lidell - Multiply [live on BBC’s Later… with Jools Holland]


Fatboy Slim
multiple songs [MySpace]
PopMatters review: The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder


Fatboy Slim - Right Here Right Now


The High Violets
“Sun Baby” [MP3]


The Wowz
“Channel 3” [MP3]


Smoosh
“Find a Way” [MP3]
PopMatters review: Free to Stay


Canada
“Record Function” [MP3]


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Friday, Jun 16, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


The Dr. Octagon Chronicles


Catchdubs “Al Green” (Chapter 2, Verse 908 Remix)
[MP3]


The Return Of Doctor Octagon, Chapter 7: Catchdubs “Al Green” (Chapter 2, Verse 908 Remix)


OCD International HQ


Rob Sonic sat around the OCD HQ with a cup of coffee in front of him, As he slowly poured a healthy serving of whiskey into it, he looked around him. Mike Relmn, Gray Kid, along with the OCD staff sat to his left while on monitors to his right were the people of the Money Fight, Cassettes Won’t Listen and Kid Loco (whose transmission looked smoky at best.) All Rob could think was, “how the fuck did I get into this?”

It had all been pretty much pieced together. The Gorilla who had come after Sonic and Loco was the evil mastermind behind all this. It was somehow connected to the clones that had helped destroyed TMF’s home planet, but they were still unsure what that connection was.  And that damn package was still flashing 06272006 and no one had been able to stop it. Ok, maybe there were a few things to figure out.

Sonic knew he was at least safe and he had a plan. Well, he had a dream. A dream with a man dressed in a hooded robe. The man had appeared in a yellow robe in the center of Sonic’s room with a hood covering most of his head with number 908 emblazed across the front. On the back of the robe in big black letters, were the letters AG.

“Greetings. I am a disciple from the house of AG.  We are an ancient society whose sole purpose is to help in times of need before great battles. You are going to war Rob Sonic. The Gorilla that chased you has been responsible for destroying countless worlds all over this galaxy. They were the ones that invented the cloning technology that was used to create the Dr Octagon clones. What Cassettes Won’t Listen thought were Aliens, were actually The Gorillas, who lose the ability to retain their body hair in space.

OCD had done everything right. But someone made a fatal mistake. You. You think you lost The Gorilla? You lead him right to the source.  He knows exactly where you are, and he is planning to destroy OCD HQ and steal the good Doctor’s package before the world can hear his message. This cannot happen. You must fight. You must save the planet. It is up to you.”

With that, Rob had awoken from his dream to find a dark room and a bad headache. As he fumbled for the lights, he found a space raygun and a training tape with the word Disciple 908 imprinted on it.

As Sonic relayed this to the stunned table around him, he picked up the space gun and pressed play on the training tape. As the beats from the House of AG dropped in, he looked around the table and told them:

“Pack yo shit. We going to war. Suckahs.”

Catchdubs “Al Green” (Chapter 2, Verse 908 Remix)
[MP3]


Previous Chapters:
“A Gorilla Driving A Pick-Up Truck” -  Kid Loco (Banana Loco Remix) [MP3]
Cassettes Won’t Listen “Aliens” -  Hearing Aid Remix [MP3]
A Gorilla Driving a Pick-Up Truck -  Rob Sonic Road Rage Remix [MP3]
The Gray Kid Al Greezy remix [MP3]
Al Green: The Gray Kid Al Greezy remix [MP3]
Mike Relm 20-minute Return of Dr Octagon megamix [MP3]


The Return of Dr Octagon hits stores June 27th.


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