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Friday, Feb 9, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
The View

The View


Alright Libertines fans, here’s a fab new Brit band for you straight from Dundee, Scotland, The View.  We’re in love with them here at PopMatters HQ, but then we do adore catchy British pop around these parts. [MySpace]


Here’s the official video for the single “Wasted Little DJ’s”.


... and here they are with “Superstar Tradesman” and “Wasted Little DJ” at the BBC Electric Proms.  [You’ll need to crank the volume a little on this one.]


“Their songs balance a thrashy punk energy with a keeness of melody, the lyrics prosaically sketching out the tedium of adolescent life in the sticks… they play them like men with nothing to lose; the guitars sound frantic, while the false endings and sudden lurches in tempo have an infectious white knuckle excitement about them.”—The Guardian


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Thursday, Feb 8, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
Peter Bjorn and John

Peter Bjorn and John


Peter Bjorn and John
Let’s Call It Off (Single Mix) [MP3]
PopMatters review coming tomorrow on this great release… stay tuned.


Loney, Dear
I Am John [MP3]


Busdriver
Less Yes’s. More No’s. [MP3]


The Stooges
My Idea of Fun [MP3]


The Postmarks
Goodbye [MP3]


Secret Mommy
Kool Aid River [MP3]


Future of the Left
Fingers Become Thumbs [MP3]


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Wednesday, Feb 7, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

It was PopMatters#1 album of 2006, remember?


Gnarls Barkley
St. Elsewhere

(Downtown)


It begins with the click of a film reel. Then, it explodes into a manic gospel-circus fronted by a multi-octave ringmaster. Two minutes later, this year’s most infectious single cuts through the cacophony. In case you slept through 2006, that album is St. Elsewhere and that song is “Crazy” by Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo, a.k.a Gnarls Barkley. Who knew that existentialism with a go-go beat could be so catchy?  Like the album cover’s voltaic mushroom cloud, the songs on St. Elswehere captured small slices of life, death, love, fear, and joy.  Gnarls Barkley penetrated the collective psyche of its listeners and uncovered the angst underneath all the “bling” and bravado permeating popular culture. Remarkably, the album crossed over to an unlikely mix of hipsters, rappers, glitterati, boomers, yuppies, indie kids, and suburban dwellers to prove that St. Elsewhere is, in actuality, everywhere. Christian John Wikane


 


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Sunday, Feb 4, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Albert Hammond Jr.
In Transit [MP3]


Boredoms
Jungle Taitei [MP3]


Grand Champeen
One and Only [MP3]


The Icarus Line
Get’s Paid [MP3]


Goldrush
Every One of Us [MP3]


Calla
Bronson [MP3]


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Thursday, Feb 1, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Rickie Lee Jones —"Elvis Cadillac" From The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard on New West RecordsThe Sermon on Exposition Boulevard, the new album by Rickie Lee Jones, is a beauty—soul-satisfying and sonically unique. Rickie Lee sounds completely tapped in, alive and vital, heading down some mighty interesting roads and discovering new magical essences. Lots of creative sparks here—plenty of them. She sounds like she’s going through a transformation throughout the album in a way that’s reminiscent of Van Morrison’s performances on his classic album Astral Weeks.


What will certainly be most striking to some fans about The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard is that it rocks harder than any album the two-time Grammy Award winner has ever recorded. “Nobody Knows My Name,” the striking opening track, might best be described as “minimalist pure pop punk rock,” and the evocative, riff-‘n’-hook-filled, stream-of-consciousness rant titled “Falling Up” follows in a similar decidedly art-rock manner. The Beauty Shop —"A Desperate Cry for Help" and
"Monster" From Crisis Helpline on Snapper Music The Beauty Shop released their first album in 2002 (Yr Money Or Yr Life; Mud Records / Shoeshine Records) and immediately garnered impressive notices in the press. From Champaign, Illinois, this 3 piece have been compared with Nick Cave, Violent Femmes and The Handsome Family with a Leonard Cohen “bad attitude” vocal twist.


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