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Wednesday, Mar 28, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Asleep at the Wheel
Am I Right (Or Amarillo) [MP3] from Reinventing the Wheel, out March 20.
     


“Thirty-seven years and 9 Grammys later, the “Wheel” is still rollin’. Enjoy our 1st collection of new songs in a decade.”—Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel)


El-P
Flyentology [MP3]
     


Pop Levi
Sugar Assault Me Now [MP3]
     


The Young Knives
She’s Attracted To [MP3]
     


Mazy
U Gat Me [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007
by PopMatters Staff
Barbara Morgenstern

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Barbara Morgenstern
The Operator [MP3]
     


Wake Me for Meals [MP3]
     


Gruff Rhys
Candylion [MP3]
     


Voxtrot
Kid Gloves [MP3]
     


Land of Talk
Speak to Me Bones [MP3]
     


Harlem Shakes
Red Right Hands [MP3]
     



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Monday, Mar 26, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Evidence
All Said & Done (LP Version) - Evidence feat. Kobe [MP3]
     


Chase the Clouds Away (LP Version) [MP3]
     


Believe in Me (LP Version) - Evidence feat. Res [MP3]
     


“March 20 saw the release of the debut LP, The Weatherman, from Evidence of Dilated Peoples. Featuring “Mr. Slow Flow”, “All Said & Done” feat. Kobe, “Hot & Cold” feat. The Alchemist and “Believe in Me” feat. Res. Guest Appearances by Rakaa Iriscience, The Alchemist, Little Brother, Defari, Planet Asia, Madchild, Slug, Joe Scudda, Res, Chace Infinite, Sick Jacken and more.”—ABB Records

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Roger Waters
Hello (I Love You) [MP3]
     


Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Bomb Repeat Bomb (1954) [MP3]
     


Goldrush
Heaven’s My Destination [MP3]
     


Maria Taylor
A Good Start [MP3]
     


Lost Time [MP3]
     



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Sunday, Mar 25, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Tinariwen
Cler Achel [MP3] from Aman Iman: Water Is Life
     


“Tinariwen’s songs, almost always constructed over five-tone scales and wreathed in handclaps, are propelled by icy-hot guitars over sinuous French and Tamashek vocals. The material sometimes contains recollections of other Malian luminaries, such as Amadou and Mariam, Habib Koité, Oumou Sangaré, and the late Ali Farka Touré, plus New World descendants like Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and untold generations of Delta bluesmen. Their lyrics speak of drought and displacement, deceased heroes, and assouf, which like Brazilian saudade can mean longing, nostalgia, and love of home, but also a desert-dweller’s bone-deep craving for open wilderness and solitude. The third tune, Matajem Yinmixan (“Why All This Hate Between You?”), even harbors tantalizing echoes of European troubadour music, which after all evolved from some of the same ancient Muslim sources. On Ahimana (“Oh My Soul”), original founding member Mohammed Ag Itlale (aka “Japonais”), a renowned poet, interprets a style more usually performed by women, paradoxically with no loss of masculinity. Throughout, rangy, cloaked pickers are flanked by a female chorus whose hand drums are spiked by sharp, off-center clapping, shrill ululations, and fervent responses to the men’s singing. Together, they goad one another to heights of fervent experimentation while basking amid hallowed folkways.”—World Village

The National
Fake Empire [MP3]
     


Hail Social
Heaven [MP3]
     


Warning Sign [MP3]
     


Mother Hips
Time-Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear [MP3]
     



TOUR DATES
04/04 | San Francisco, CA
04/06 | San Francisco, CA
04/07 | San Francisco, CA
04/13 | Los Angeles, CA
04/14 | Solana Beach, CA
04/20 | Sacramento, CA
04/27 | Salt Lake City, UT
04/28 | Salt Lake City, UT
05/04 | New York, NY
05/05 | Hoboken, NJ
05/10 | Chicago, IL
05/12 | Minneapolis, MN
05/17 | Seattle, WA
05/18 | Portland, OR
05/19 | Hood River, OR



The Electric Soft Parade
If That’s The Case, Then I Don’t Know [MP3]
     



TOUR DATES
3/28 | London, Shepherds Bush Empire
3/29 | London, The Fly
4/18 | Stoke, The Sugarmill
4/19 | Newcastle, Stonelove @ Digital
4/20 | Dundee, Westport Bar




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Wednesday, Mar 21, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Patti Smith
Gimme Shelter [MP3]
     


“While her groundbreaking vision of “three chord rock merged with the power of the word” has ensured her place in rock & roll history, Patti Smith has, throughout her career, developed a reputation as one of pop music’s foremost interpreters, visiting the songs of other musical artists and transforming them through the lens of her own understanding, appreciation and imagination. Beginning with her first single, “Hey Joe,” in 1974 and her extrapolations of Van Morrison’s “Gloria” and Chris Kenner’s “Land of 1,000 Dances” on her seminal Horses album in 1975 through her live performances of songs ranging from “You Light Up My Life” to “My Generation” to her new album, Twelve, Patti Smith continues to reshape popular music’s classic source materials and make them her own.”—Columbia


Uncut
Out of Sight [MP3]
     


Breaking Glass [MP3]
     


Kiss Me [MP3]
     


All tracks from Modern Currencies on Paper Bag Records.
“This Toronto-based fourpiece build a wall of sound with cascading guitar squalls and pounding rhythms capable of moving the hairs on the back of your neck.”—Paper Bag Records


The Twilight Sad
Cold Days from the Birdhouse [MP3] from Fourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters on Fat Cat.
     


“This Glasgow band layers melodies to build a big and volatile anthem rock album.”—Fat Cat


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