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by PopMatters Staff

8 May 2012


Photo: Dave Estep

The former frontman of Austin’s Lions, Matt Drenik aka Battleme, just recently released his self-titled debut album on Trashy Moped Recordings. Back in 2009, Drenik was diagnosed with uvetis, an autoimmune disease of the eye and he lived in Portland for a while and recorded more than 40 tunes in his girlfriend’s basement and got medical help at a renowned eye clinic in the area.

The illness made him re-evaluate his life and music and, as a result, he fell back in love with old favorites, such as the Flaming Lips’ “Clouds Taste Metallic”, Beck’s “Mellow Gold”, and the Rolling Stone’s “Sticky Fingers”. That in turn influenced his songwriting and he decided to work under the new name Battleme to celebrate his new artistic direction. Today we have the pleasure of presenting the online premiere of “Shoot the Noise, Man”, which you can stream below and, as a bonus, we have the download of “touch” for you as well, along with the video.

by PopMatters Staff

8 May 2012


by PopMatters Staff

8 May 2012


by PopMatters Staff

8 May 2012


Photo: Jacob Blickenstaff

The 12-piece Brooklyn-based Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas is finally back with a new album, their first since 2007’s Security. They have been busy in the meantime with several members working on the hit musical FELA!. For this go-around, the band lured back Gabe Roth as producer, who worked with them on their first three albums. Antibalas will release on 7 August and will be accompanied by a world tour. Below you can sample a tune from the upcoming record.

by Chris Barsanti

7 May 2012


Perhaps the question didn’t need to be asked, but that doesn’t mean the answer isn’t worth a half-hour of your time. In 2011, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (who passed away from cancer on May 4 at age 47) premiered the 30-minute film Fight For Your Right Revisited, which shows what happens in the aftermath of their apartment-demolishing video for that epochal party anthem. In short, the Boys—played by Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and Elijah Wood —get chewed out by an elderly couple (Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon), go on a beer-hurling rampage, and eventually pay the price for their misdeeds.

It’s the video-short equivalent of name-dropping, but still contains much of what was best about the Beasties and Yauch. There’s the hep self-consciousness that plays on a high level of irony without losing its intrinsic humor, and also the culture-blender mashup of cheap gags and period-specific retro-nods which was their signature video-and-music style before the rest of the world caught on.

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