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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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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Heavily tipped Passion Pit are releasing their full-length debut Manners on May 26th and they have just posted the first single “The Reeling” over on MySpace. They also have a load of upcoming concert dates beginning at Sasquatch and ending at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC.


Passion Pit
“The Reeling” [Stream]


TOUR DATES
5/23 - George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
5/24 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/26 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
5/28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
5/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5/30 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
6/2 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
6/3 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
6/4 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
6/5 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
6/6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
6/8 - Richmond, VA @ The National
6/9 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
6/11 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
6/13 - Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
6/14 - Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle
6/17 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
6/18 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
6/19 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/20 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom


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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009

Greg Mottola’s upcoming Adventureland extends his Superbad interest in awkward young coupling, but this time around he’s chosen a more romantic approach. The wall-to-wall music in the film is an impressive collection of songs faithful to its period (1987) and setting (Pittsburgh amusement park staffed by frustrated folks in their teens and early twenties). While the script is sometimes too eager to point out the coolness of some of the songs—through characters’ mixtapes and onscreen LP jackets—the overall effect is an earnest love letter to the soundtrack of Mottola’s youth.


Music supervisor Tracy McKnight worked with Mottola to clear the almost 40 songs used in the film, which meaningfully connects Lou Reed and Big Star to Falco and Poison. Yo La Tengo provided the score.


Read more about the film’s use of music here.


 



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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and released their new album Tangled Tales today and yesterday Christel Loar raved about the album saying of Hicks that he is “a man and musician who’s spent the last 40 years defying classification. He and his band the Hot Licks bring a little blues and a little country, a dash of jazz and a bit of bluegrass, all sewn up in some swing to its sound. Of course, there’s always plenty of Hicks’s singular lyrical prowess. With a dry wit and sharp turn of phrase, his rhymes are unusual and often unpredictable, his delivery is delightful, and his timing is impeccable.” Here’s his new video from the album as well as upcoming tour dates.


TOUR DATES
March 25 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
March 26 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles CA with Special Guests Van Dyke Parks and The Ditty Bops
March 28 Yoshi’s San Francisco CA with Special Guest David Grisman
April 03 One Longfellow Square Portland ME
April 04 Bull Run Shirley MA
April 05 Iron Horse Northampton MA
April 06 BB King’s Blues Club New York NY
April 07 Turning Point Piermont NY
April 09 Stage One at the Fairfield Theatre Company Fairfield CT
April 10 Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
April 11 The State Theater Falls Church VA
May 12 Uptown Grill’s Playlist Theatre LaSalle IL
May 13 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago IL
May 14 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee WI
May 15 Majestic Live Madison WI
May 16 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN


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