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Thursday, Feb 26, 2009

Kid Cudi (AKA The Man on the Moon) brings it with a semi-artsy, fairly interesting video to accompany his semi-artsy, fairly interesting first single, Day N Nite. It reminds me of a more advanced and less uplifting version of Junior’s “Mama Used to Say” video from 1982. Overall I would say it’s up there for rap video of 2009. I like the use of animation and feel it adds something; it’s not superfluous psych out CGI. Cudi seems like he could really do something this year, and though the term “lonely stoner” makes me feel a bit embarrassed/weird/old, this song really stands out in the commercial radio realm.


 



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Thursday, Feb 26, 2009

A recent trip to New York City’s Lower East Side revealed a band that has the neighborhood buzzing. I couldn’t help but notice buildings tagged with the words “Tall Black Girls” in spray painted scrawl. I asked a friend who lives down there what it was all about, he said, “Oh, they ROCK!” I went and checked out their MySpace page and they do in fact, “ROCK!”


The all female punk band from the L.E.S. formed in 2007. They have been barnstorming the city playing clubs all over their neighborhood, as well as some national and international gigs. Intuition tells me they won’t be a secret for much longer. The women in the band are easy on the eyes, full of swagger, and write well-crafted two-three-minute punk rock songs. They all go by the last name Black and are indeed quite tall. They toured last year with the Misfits, Fear, and Dwarves. Their sound harkens back to to ‘80s punk rock . I found very little press on them, so get in on the ground floor. Should be worth watching in the coming year.



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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009

This is from a new Videos Remixes Rarities DVD set the legendary Ninja Tune A/V duo is coming out with.  They have a habit of making videos for most of the songs on their albums, so of course this little taste is positively tweaking.


Hexstatic vs Kris Menace - “Invader”


For further proof of their skills, here’s one of my favorite videos from 2004’s Master-View.


Hexstatic - “Distorted Minds” feat. Juice Aleem


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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The Black Lips released 200 Million Thousand yesterday and just premiered a video for the first single, “Short Fuse”. Look for Matthew Fiander’s CD review next week on PopMatters.


 


The Black Lips
“Starting Over” [MP3]
     


“Short Fuse” [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

K’naan’s latest album Troubadour released this week and we’ll have our take of the album for you next week. In the meantime, enjoy the new video “The Great Depression.”


TOUR DATES
2/25 New York, NY SOB’s
2/27 Washington, DC Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
3/01 Allston, MA Harper’s Ferry
3/02 Philadelphia, PA World Café
3/04 Atlanta, GA Vinyl
3/05 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s
3/06 Orlando, FL Social
3/07 Miami, FL Bicentennial Park
3/09 Portland, OR Doug Fir
3/10 Seattle, WA Neumos
4/17 Indio, CA Coachella


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