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Wednesday, May 24, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED ARTIST
The Procussions


“The Procussions are set to saturate the globe with their B-boy energy and powerful message of positive change.  They are a multi-cultural group that not only break the normal stereotypes of what mainstream hip hop must be but as well aren’t afraid to discuss issues that other rappers don’t: rape, child abuse, neglect.  One example is “Miss January” featuring Talib Kweli which discusses the perils of having to say goodbye to a destructive relationship.  The three man crew consisting of Mr. J Mederios, Stro and Rez befriended each other while growing up in Colorado but now make Los Angeles their home.  With musical influences stemming from the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, to J Dilla to Megadeth, their sound is a style that reflects all genres of music.”  — Rawkus Records

“Miss January” feat. Talib Kweli [windows | real]
“The Storm” [windows | real]
“The Storm” (video): [windows | quicktime]


Code Pie
“Little Bamboo” [MP3]
“Cement Truck” [MP3]
“Gala” [MP3]


Cacoy
“Yoko Majikick Ono” [MP3]


The Like Young
“Dead Eyes” [MP3]
“For Money Or Love” [MP3]


The Black Angels
“The First Vietnamese War” [MP3]


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Monday, May 22, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED ARTIST
DJ Spooky


“Arguably DJ culture’s most intellectual turntablist, DJ Spooky links his personal roots together with his inimitable taste in music by hand selecting 34 of his favorite tracks from the Trojan Records archives and compiling them into one collection, In Fine Style: 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records (in stores June 27th).  A heady experiment where he plucks important and influential songs from the venerable Jamaican record label’s rich vaults, DJ Spooky sets out not only to create a new mood for the club scene but to take clubgoers through the vital history of Trojan and its direct impact on DJ and club culture to this day.” — Trojan Records

“DJ Spooky MegaMix Stream” [MP3]
multiple songs: [official site]


The Dixie Chicks
“Not Ready to Make Nice” [windows | real | quicktime]
video: “Not Ready to Make Nice” [player]


Extra Golden
“Ilando Gima Onge” [MP3]


Stuart Staples
“There Is a Path” [MP3]


Matthew Ryan
“Return to Me” [MP3]


Bardo Pond
“Moonshine” [MP3]


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Friday, May 19, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


The Dr. Octagon Chronicles


Ants (The Money Fight Fire Ants Remix) [MP3]


The Return of Doctor Octagon, Chapter 3: The Money Fight Fire Ants


Dark clouds have descended over the OCD offices. It’s been three weeks since receiving the mysterious package from the good Doctor and they are nowhere closer to deciphering his message for the people of earth. What’s worse is their two previous code crackers have become useless. Mike Relm has been only responding in binary code, which when deciphered, says
“Times up Ants move with the bell”
The Gray Kid has been committed to a mental hospital. They last heard he has been scribbling on the walls:
“Look at them crawl, look at them climb up the wall, like roaches”
Nervous, anxious, and paranoid, all seems lost for the people of OCD. After putting their heads together, they turn their attention to the Northern CA hills. Placing a call on the purple phone, it rings 14 times only to receive this message:
“Sorry, Her Space Holiday is not in right now. We are out on a global tour teaching a 12-part dissertation on how the past presents the future: a study of audiological time travel. Please leave your message after the beat beat beat.”
Defeated, devastated and defunct, the OCD feels the walls closing in on them. The despair lies on top of them like the weight of the world. Not a word is spoken. Then the purple phone rings. As it’s picked up, someone yells, “Track that call!”
OCD Operator: How did you get this number?
The Money Fight: That is not important. We hear you have… some problems.
OCD Operator:  Who is this? Where are you from?
TMF: We are The Money Fight. Where we are from is of no importance, what is important is that you listen closely.
OCD Tracker: It’s coming from LA
OCD Operator: What do you want?
TMF: You must listen. We hear you received a package. We received the same package 5 years ago. Upon opening it, destruction and chaos descended upon our society.  People were almost crushed under a weight of despair and grief. We were nearly decimated as a people.
OCD Tracker: Wait, its New York. Keep them talking.
OCD Operator: What happened?
TMF: We thought all was lost. Villages burned, people terrorized each other in the streets, and our society was reduced to almost nothing. That was until we were able to break the code. Through a combination of modern technology, audiological innovations and numerous sacrifices, we were able to save our great society. We were almost able to undo the damage.  Almost. We hear two of your people have been infected.
OCD Tracker: Australia!
OCD Operator: Yes, can you help them?
TMF: Yes, we can. You are safe for now. And if you ever find the ‘good’ doctor, tell him we are coming for him.
OCD Tracker: Saturn?
OCD Operator: Hello? Hello?
All is silent again. Had that all been a prank? Suddenly all the computers light up and the stereo switches on. A whistle blows. As the beat drops, and the strings soar, all begins to look up at the OCD office.
And we go “la, la, la, laaaaaa….”


Ants (The Money Fight Fire Ants Remix) [MP3]


Log on next Friday for the next installment of this amazing 8 week story featuring new interpretations of Dr Octagon tracks each week by Prefuse 73, Kid Loco, Rob Sonic, Skinny Man and more.


Previous Chapters:
Al Green: The Gray Kid Al Greezy remix [MP3]
Mike Relm 20-minute Return of Dr Octagon megamix [MP3]


The Return of Dr Octagon hits stores June 27th.


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Wednesday, May 17, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED ARTIST
The Futureheads


My how time flies.  After just two years, several US and European tours, and one finely crafted debut album, The Futureheads return with their exceptional second offering News and Tributes.  Ranging from dark and melodic (“Thursday”), to crunchy and raucous (“Return of the Berserker”), to just downright fun (“Skip to the End”/“Favours for Favours”), The Futureheads are making their furious mark in a quagmire of seemingly endless albums and faceless bands.  They’re back… and here to stay.

“Skip to the End” [MP3]
multiple songs [MySpace]


The Walkmen
“Louisiana” [MP3]


Asobi Seksu
“New Years” [MP3]
“Thursday” [MP3]


Russian Circles
“Death Rides a Horse” [MP3]


Tilly and the Wall
“Lost Girls” [MP3]


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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED ARTIST
Finian McKean


“You may recall Finian McKean as Finn Moore Gerety, half of the brains behind late ‘90s indie-rock band the Push Kings. McKean’s solo stuff retains that alt-pop bombast (in a good way!), and he’s celebrating a new record, Shades Are Drawn, on his own And Each For Only Recordings…” — Time Out New York

“Shades Are Drawn” [MP3]
“Oh, My Heart Is Heavy” [MP3]
multiple songs [MySpace]


Cat Power & Karen Elson
“I Love You (me either)” [windows | real]


Jarvis Cocker & Kid Loco
“I Just Came to Tell You That I’m Going” [windows | real]


The Radio Dept
“Pulling Our Weight” [MP3]
“A Window” [MP3]
  “The Worst Taste in Music” [MP3]


Doveman
“Honey” [MP3]
“Teacup” [MP3]


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