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by John Bergstrom

24 May 2011


On June 7, Depeche Mode will release Remixes 2: 81-11, a sequel to Remixes 81-04.

Like its predecessor, the new compilation will feature “classic” previously-released remixes of hits, as well as exclusive all-new mixes. Also like its predecessor, it will be available in single and multiple-disc versions. The selling point of the latter is new mixes by former Depeche members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder.

Here via FACT is a free download of a new bastardization, erm, mix that doesn’t appear on Remixes 2, “Master and Servant (RSS Remix)”.

by PopMatters Staff

23 May 2011


The UK’s White Belt Yellow Tag are a young band on the rise, with their year-old British debut LP being favorably compared by NME and others to stellar bands such as Elbow and Doves. Their brand new US EP, You’re Not Invincible, has just been released and we have the pleasure of presenting you with the premiere of “Postcards”. Fans of the aforementioned groups, as well as the Verve should dig this tune. Keeping with the postcards theme, White Belt Yellow Tag was good enough to share with us some photos from their recent trip to China along with their thoughts on the trip in their words. Check out the full photoessay after the jump.

by Allison Taich

23 May 2011


During the summer of 2010 Chicago psych punk rockers Rabble Rabble stopped by a barn in upstate New York to record a session with producer Stephen George for Gimme That Sound Productions. The recordings will officially be released on 7-inch and digitally Monday, May 23. In celebration the band is playing a free show at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. Rabble Rabble will be supported by We Are Hex and Distractions. For those who live outside the Chicago limits, you can check out the band’s latest singles, “Why Not” and “Long Hook” bellow.

by Joseph Fisher

20 May 2011


It has been an incredibly busy spring semester for yours truly, which means that my PopMatters posting has been much lighter than usual. As of late, my inbox has been filling up with kind reminders from this site’s esteemed editors, nudging me to participate in a variety of summer writing projects. Truly, I have been doing the best that I possibly can to find the appropriate time to write some good stuff for the site.

Then, this morning, May 20, 2011, I realized that my neverending sense of guilt about my lack of writerly participation in the variety of excellent summer PopMatters columns that are planned for publication does not really matter, because the world is ending tomorrow. Therefore, I have decided that the most appropriate Mixed Media entry for what could be the very last Mixed Media entry ever is a clip of Mogwai playing “Mogwai Fear Satan.” I am so glad that I can be with all of you here at the end of all things.  To those of you I won’t see in heaven, I will offer you one consolation: at least you’ll have rock ‘n’ roll.

by William Carl Ferleman

20 May 2011


Keep your government hands off my Medicare – and put on a music festival! The Freedom Jamboree will take place 28 September – 2 October in Kansas City, Kansas. The event will feature a slew of acts, from politicos to such musical artists as Chris Ross, Nathan Mann, Jon David Kahn, Najee, J-Shin, Jay Smoove, Toots Sweet, Chris Cassone, Jayquan, the Supremes, Tito Puente, Jr., Lonnie Smith, James De La Raza, Debbie K., Sherry Marquelle, Jeremy Dodge, Wes Hotchkiss, Chuck Day, Jordan Page, Lisa Mei Norton, Joyce Shaffer, and Krista Branch. One musician, Jordan Page, promises a “politically and spiritually based assault on the corruption of government and empire.”Moreover, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has been invited to the festival. Exactly what sort of song would she sing?

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20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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