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Tuesday, Apr 10, 2007
by PopMatters Staff


The Mother Hips
Time We Had [MP3]


Not So Independent [MP3]

“Released April 3 on New York based-indie Camera Records, Kiss The Crystal Flake is the new full studio album by California psych-soul rockers. It is the follow up to the acclaimed Red Tandy EP (2005) and the first full album for the Hips since 2001’s Green Hills of the Earth. Featuring 12 new songs, Kiss The Crystal Flake reintroduces the world to the Mother Hips’ own brand of California rock, blending a natural psychedelia with their own 21st century musicianship and songwriting.”—Camera Records

Thes Ones
Target [MP3]

Grain Belt Beer [MP3]

Northwestern Bell 2 [MP3]

“Re-mixed commercials from the 70’s and more in this long-awaited instrumental solo debut, brought to you by half of People Under the Stairs, Thes One.”—Tres Records”

Wooden Wand
Delia [MP3] from James & The Quiet, releases 12 June 2007 in the US.

04/18 Ridgewood, NY Silent Barn
04/19 Poughkeepsie, NY Vassar College
04/20 Brooklyn, NY Lutheran Church
04/21 Purchase, NY SUNY Purchase
04/22 Philadelphia, PA Big Jar Books
04/23 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY Bard College
04/24 New York, NY Cake Shop
04/25 Boston, MA P.A.‘s Lounge
04/26 Portland, ME TBA
04/27 Northampton, MA TBA
04/28 Clinton, NY Hamilton College

Switch [MP3]

The Butterfly Explosion
Sophia [MP3]

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Monday, Apr 9, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
JOHN VANDERSLICE [Photo: Autumn De Wilde]

JOHN VANDERSLICE [Photo: Autumn De Wilde]

John Vanderslice
Letter to the East Coast (remixed) [MP3]

Nine Inch Nails
Year Zero [full album stream]

Junior Boys
In the Morning (Hot Chip Remix) [MP3]

Polaroids [MP3]

Mitch Easter
Time Warping [MP3]

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Thursday, Apr 5, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Martin Sexton —"Wild Angels"
From Seeds on Kitchen Table
Renowned as a die-hard road warrior, Sexton has traveled the globe with his guitar slung on his back and a heart full of soul. His songs are intricate and spirited… His fans range from teenage students to jocks to musicians, from the East Village to Wall Street, tradesmen to doctors, black, white, young and old, all singing together in three-part harmony. To see the crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross-section of America.

Air —"Once Upon a Time"
From Pocket Symphony on Astralwerks
Now entering the 10th year of a highly illustrious career that has seen the band grow in stature to become one of the most instantly recognizable names in music, Parisian duo Air (Nicolas Godin and JB Dunckel) return with Pocket Symphony, a career masterpiece and their most seductive and accomplished work to date. Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin are modernists. Air embrace the new. Their music is intellectually stimulating yet intuitively simple; elegiac and triumphal; beyond pop and yet resolutely of it, too.

Prosser —"I Met a Girl"
From Prosser: Self-Titled on spinART
Prosser is the new project from Eric Woodruff (formerly of Bellingham, WA, space rock band Delay). His self-titled debut release is a melding of Indie Rock and Alt-Country, with some psychedelic and folk influences thrown in for good measure. Fans of Nick Drake, Cracker, Elliot Smith, Wilco, and heartbreak-induced whiskey drinking music will not be able to resist.

Arcade Fire —"Black Mirror"
From Neon Bible on Merge
The Arcade Fire spent most of 2006 holed up in a small church in a small town outside of Montreal. They were recording their second album Neon Bible. It was a slow year, mostly.

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Tuesday, Apr 3, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Chicken on a Raft
Which Side Are You On? [MP3]

I Got Your Ice Cold Nugrape [MP3]

“Chicken on a Raft is Thom Moore (Moore Brothers, Nedelle and Thom) and Tommy Carns (Billy Talbott Band). Sharing a mutual love for traditional folk music, the duo began playing music in the tradition of the Watersons, reviving folk music culled from wax cylinders and the Library of Congress. Their debut album is a collection of American Traditionals, ballads, and popular tunes that have passed down from generation to generation, each iteration providing it’s own input to the meaning of a lyric and melody. They tell stories of loves lost, political intrigue, and lingering mysteries that are as true and applicable today as when first sung by a long forgotten minstrel. ”—Antenna Farm Records

War [MP3]

04/03/07 Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret   w/ The Constantines
04/04/07 Regina, Saskatchewan - The Exchange   w/ The Constantines
04/05/07 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Louis’ Pub   w/ The Constantines
04/06/07 Edmonton, Alberta - The Starlite Room   w/ The Constantines
04/07/07 Calgary, Alberta - The Hi-Fi Club   w/ The Constantines
04/08/07 Calgary, Alberta - The Hi-Fi Club   w/ The Constantines
04/09/07 Canmore, Alberta - Canmore Hotel   w/ The Constantines
04/12/07 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Plaza Club   w/ The Constantines
04/13/07 Victoria, British Columbia - Sugar Nightclub   w/ The Constantines
04/14/07 Tofino, British Columbia - The Legion   w/ The Constantines
05/02/07 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/04/07 Portland, OR - Dante’s   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/05/07 Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ballroom   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/06/07 Vancouver, British Columbia - Plaza Club   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/09/07 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/10/07 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/11/07 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/12/07 Chicago, IL - Abbey Pub   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/14/07 Ottawa, Ontario - Barrymore’s   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/15/07 Montreal, Quebec - Le National   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/16/07 Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/17/07 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/18/07 New York, NY - Irving Plaza   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/19/07 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/22/07 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/23/07 Columbus, OH - The Basement   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes
05/24/07 Newport, KY - Southgate House   w/ Tapes N’ Tapes

Billy Martin and John Medeski
Crustaceatron [MP3] from Mago

Organist John Medeski and drummer Billy Martin celebrate almost two decades since their first musical meeting (a duet session at Martin’s Brooklyn loft back in 1989). Finally, they made the record they vowed to do before their popular band, Medeski Martin and Wood, kept them so busy. The first and last tracks are expansive free-flowing spontaneous compositions they do with such grace and passion, but the majority of the tracks are filled with head-nodding booty-shaking grooves that only they could have created.

Mago Track Listing
1. Introducing Mago
2. Crustaceatron
3. Mojet
4. Apology
5. Bamboo Pants
6. Thundercloud
7. Bonfa
8. Safak
9. Miss Teardrop
10. Syncretism
11. L’Aventura
12. Bamboo Pants (Short and Raw Version)

Human Giant, the new MTV comedy series staring Aziz Ansari, Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel
The first episode [iTunes]

MTV’s new short film comedy Human Giant takes over the network with its own style of fast-paced, hard-hitting comedy beginning April 5 at 10:30 PM/ET. Consisting of four members—Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, and Jason Woliner—Human Giant delivers a unique brand of comedy in short film-style. The eight-episode series premieres as part of MTV’s new Thursday night comedy line-up featuring new series Adventures in HollyHood and Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz, as well as a new season of Pimp My Ride.

Goblin City [MP3]

Uncertainly [MP3]

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Monday, Apr 2, 2007
by PopMatters Staff


Our Haunt [MP3]

You’re Keeping Us Up [MP3]

Buy at iTunes

Dead Ones ft. Nas (Remix) [MP3]

All the Money [MP3]

Tape It [MP3]

Hideaway [MP3]

Dark Horse [MP3]

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