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Monday, Feb 9, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Santogold
Shove it (Trouble Andrew Remix) [MP3]


Immaculate Machine
Sound the Alarms [MP3] from High on Jackson Hill [28 April]
     


Buraka Som Sistema
Kalemba (Wegue Wegue) (Hot Chip Remix) [MP3]


Fridge
Astrozero [MP3] from Early Output 1996-1998 [24 March]
     



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Monday, Feb 9, 2009

The Cure were on Last Call with Carson Daly way back on Dec. 12 playing “The Only One”, but last Friday another song from that performance was aired, “Sleep When I’m Dead”. The fact that the Cure can still write songs this good is more than a little impressive. Both “Sleep When I’m Dead” and “The Only One” are from last year’s excellent 4:13 Dream.


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Monday, Feb 9, 2009

On February 9, 1964 the Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show fully launching Beatlemania in America and changing American pop culture forever. It was one of the real milestones of television and the growth of mass culture with more than 74 million viewers watching that single telecast. Unlike in this highly fragmented modern media age, virtually everyone with a television or with access to one watched show and the 1960s as we remember them were born. The Beatles also made their first stadium appearance that week on February 11th, playing before a sold-out crowd of screaming kids at Washington Coliseum.


 


Also this week in pop past, Texas honky-tonker and Grand Old Opry mainstay Ernest Tubb was born (1914) and early rock and roll pioneer Bill Haley died (1981).


 


Ernest Tubb - “Tomorrow Never Comes”


 


Bill Haley - Rip It Up



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Monday, Feb 9, 2009
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Rap royalty joined the extremely pregnant M.I.A. for a turn through “Swagga Like Us” last night.



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Evan Sawdey commented in his Grammys essay this morning about the seemingly random match-up of artists last night during the telecast. Well not entirely random, they all share in common moving major change. About this pairing he said, “Coldplay’s Chris Martin delivering a sensitive piano rendition of “Lost!” only to have Jay-Z barge in half-way through in order to move more copies of the Prospekt’s March EP?” It doesn’t entirely work, does it?



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