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Friday, Mar 27, 2009

For the first time in its history, music criticism website Tiny Mix Tapes is actually posting mix tapes for stream or download. Each one comes with unique cover art, and is presented, in true mix tape fashion, as a single continuous side. Themes thus far have ranged from experimental jazz and indie to instrumental hip-hop and electronica. No word yet if Pitchfork is going to start handing out hay shoveling utensils.


Chocolate Grinder
Official mixtapes [MP3s]


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Thursday, Mar 26, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Death Cab for Cutie has released a new video for “Grapevine Fires”, from their recent album Narrow Stairs. “Grapevine Fires” was initially inspired by Ben Gibbard’s up-close-and-personal encounter with 2007’s California wildfires. The song motivated the celebrated animation duo Walter Robot to create an animated short film which relays the sense of devastating tragedy and forced optimism caused by the fire’s wrath.  Death Cab for Cutie can be seen on tour this spring on the dates listed below.


 



TOUR DATES
4/07/2009 - Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
4/08/2009 - Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
4/09/2009 - Davidson, NC John Belk Arena/Davidson College
4/10/2009 - Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
4/11/2009 - Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
4/12/2009 - Tulsa, OK The Brady Theater
4/13/2009 - Omaha, NE Holland Theatre *
4/15/2009 - St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkings Auditorium
4/17/2009 - Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
4/18/2009 - East Lansing, MI Breslin Events Center/Michigan State University
4/19/2009 - Waukesha, WI Van Male Fieldhouse/Carroll College
4/22/2009 - Bellingham, WA The Mount Baker Theater **
4/24/2009 - Spokane, WA McCarthey Athletic Center/Gonzaga University
4/25/2009 - Boise, ID The Morrison Center
4/27/2009 - Sacramento, CA Memorial Auditorium
4/29/2009 - San Diego, CA RIMAC Arena/UC San Diego *


5/01/2009 - Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
5/02/2009 - New Orleans, LA Contemporary Arts Center ***
5/04/2009 - Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
5/05/2009 - Birmingham, AL BJCC Concert Hall
5/06/2009 - Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
5/07/2009 - Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live


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Thursday, Mar 26, 2009

Karin Dreijer Andersson has a day job in the icy cool Swedish electro pop duo the Knife. Taking a break from that project, Andersson is stepping out with Fever Ray. The self-titled album came out this week and is stoking some serious critical accolades, including from PopMatters. As Ian Mathers says today in a review of the record, “With the Knife on hiatus,  Andersson crafts something even more all-encompassing and darkly compelling than [The Knife’s] Silent Shout.” “When I Grow Up” is her new video from Fever Ray and features haunting Björk-ish vocals amongst a spare arrangement of dark synths and the artist writhing around in tribal garb on a diving board.



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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009

Felipe Rose might be known to the world as “The Indian” from Village People but to his native Sioux tribe, he is known as “Swift Arrow”. Long a presence in the Native American recording community, Rose has earned a number of NAMMY (Native American Music) Awards for his songs, including “Best Historical Recording” and “Songwriter of the Year”. Recently, Rose returned to the studio to record new material for his Tomahawk Records imprint. “From the East to the West” is among the first completed tracks written and recorded with Rose’s longtime producer/collaborator Frosty Lawson. The spirit of the song, Rose explains, asks the question, “Where are we going?” It is a prelude to the end of the Mayan calendar: 12/21/12. The song features Lawson on piano and Eddie Three Eagles (Rose’s father) on native flute. An established painter, Felipe is also developing an art piece to accompany the song.


 



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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009
Spiderman sighting in Bangkok!

I’m trying to think of something I don’t love about this.


I’m not having much luck.


Overhearing a conversation between the boy’s mother and his teachers about his love for comics and superheros, Somchai rushed back to the fire station to change into a Spider-Man costume before swinging into action.


“I told him Spider-Man is here to save you. No monster will hurt you now,” Somchai said. “Then I told him to walk slowly toward me. I was very nervous that he might have slipped if he got too excited and ran.”


Somchai, who keeps costume of Spider-Man and a Japanese superhero Ultraman to liven up fire drills at schools, said the teary-eyed boy broke into a smile and started walking into his arms.


With all proper respect to the (late, great) Mikey Dread, I hereby declare Somchai Yoosabai a legit Jumping Master!


Mikey Dread - “The Jumping Master”


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