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Friday, Oct 27, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

“Having worked for years in a hinterland between obscurity and popularity, Andy Partridge has finally hit the fulcrum as he’s gained his artistic freedom, and recognition of his band XTC’s influence on pop history has suddenly blossomed. This fall’s completion of his odds-and-sods Fuzzy Warbles solo series offers a chance to reflect back on a tumultuous career and give a master craftsman of pop his due.”
—Patrick Schabe, PopMatters interview with Andy Partridge.


Listen to the full Andy Partridge interview podcast.
Download “Sonic Boom” (MP3, 192kbps)


Fuzzy Warbles promo video


Andy Partridge- I Wonder Why the Wonder Falls


“A Brief History of XTC Puppet Show”: The Road to Oranges and Lemons


XTC - Dear God”


XTC - Mayor of Simpleton


XTC - Burning With Optimism’s Flames [Live on German TV’s Rockpalast show, February 1982]


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Friday, Oct 20, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


The Baldwin Brothers
Return of the Golden Rhodes [TVT Records]


“While Chicago’s Baldwin Brothers readily admit their love of the Flaming Lips, the Avalanches, 60s jazz, Kraftwerk and house music, their new album is hardly just a pastiche of their influences. Most importantly, the Baldwins bring the groove.”—TVT Records

Download “Leave the Past Behind” (MP3, 192kbps)
Download “The Party’s Over” (MP3, 192kbps)



Bing Ji Ling
Fire & Ice Cream [Kreme Kul Records]
Download “Forever” (MP3, 192kbps)
Download “What Went Wrong” (MP3, 192kbps)
Download “Can’t We Be Friends” (MP3, 192kbps)


“Equal parts Prince, Steve Wonder and Sly Stone, San Francisco’s favorite ice cream man churns out 11 servings of the smoothest white-boy funk and soul.”—Kreme Kul Records

Buy at iTunes Music Store



So Percussion
Amid The Noise [Cantaloupe Music]


“Four Tet and Tortoise meet Aphex Twin and Brian Eno in So Percussion’s breakout indie-electronica project, “Amid the Noise.” To be released alongside So Percussion’s national tour with (Bjork collaborators) Matmos this October, and represented by the publicist of Sufjan Stevens and Sigur Ros, this disc pushes So Percussion into the limelight as a one-of-a kind band of 4 drummers.”—Cantaloupe Music

Download “Work Slow Life” (MP3, 192kbps)
Buy at iTunes Music Store


Simon Dawes
Salute the Institution [MP3]


Cibelle
Phoenix [MP3]


Cut Copy
Going Nowhere (Whitey Remix) [MP3]


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Monday, Oct 16, 2006
by PopMatters Staff
PopMatters Sponsor Pepper

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Kona, Hawaii’s favorite sons make their long-awaited Atlantic/East West Records debut with their fourth studio album, No Shame. It’s a bold artistic leap forward for the Island-born-and-bred trio. No Shame defines what Pepper (Singer/Guitarist Kaleo Wassman, Bassist/Vocalists Bret Bollinger and Drummer/Vocalist Yesod Williams) is all about.

No Shame [MP3]
Your Face [MP3]


Pepper—Making the “No Control” video Scoop


Penelope Jones
No Matter What They Say feat. Mya [windows | real]
Miss Me With That Fooishness feat. Lil Wayne [windows | real]


Oxford Collapse
Please Visit Your National Parks [MP3]


Band of Horses
The Great Salt Lake [MP3]


Bound Stems
Western Biographic [MP3]


Triffids
The Sea Birds [MP3]


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Friday, Oct 13, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

“Lynyrd Skynyrd was probably the greatest American rock band of all time, backing their triple threat guitar sound with exceptional songs that brought significant elements of blues, soul, and country music to the mix.”
—Roger Holland, PopMatters review of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gold.


Lynyrd Skynyrd—“Gimme 3 Steps”


Lynyrd Skynyrd—“Call Me the Breeze” [crank up the volume, the sound quality is poor, but this is one of Skynyrd’s finest songs, especially live]


Lynyrd Skynyrd—“Free Bird” [Live in Oakland]


Lynyrd Skynyrd—“Sweet Home Alabama” [Live on The Old Grey Whistle Test]


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Thursday, Oct 12, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


“The Waylon Jennings boxset Nashville Rebel gives reason to consider Jennings as not just a country-music outlaw, but a Wurlitzer Prize winner, whose voice from a jukebox can erase all the pain in the world just by giving voice to it.”
—Dave Heaton, PopMatters review of Nashville Rebel


Waylon Jennings - “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”


Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson—“Good Hearted Woman”


Waylon Jennings—“Me & Bobby Mcgee”


Waylon Jennings—“Lonesome On’ry and Mean”


Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash—“There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang”


Waylon Jennings—“Amanda”


Waylon Jennings on Austin City Limits


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