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Thursday, Oct 10, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
We have been featuring a lot of synth pop lately, which is inevitable as synth pop has been having its greatest resurgence since the 1980s.

White Prism (a.k.a. Johanna Cranitch) is very much a part of that neo synth scene. That said “Fool” actually had other inspirations. Cranitch recently told Idolator that “[she] was listening to a bit of Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey‘s first record when I wrote this. I guess it’s about unrequited love. That vibe you get into where you like someone so much that you just stare at the phone hoping they’ll call, but you can’t call them because you don’t know how they really feel about you.” Now Ladytron has taken the song and sped up the tempo, upped the pop quotient and added some additional dancey beats.


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Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013
Brian Tighe has exhibited his pop songwriting chops with groups like the Hang Ups and the Owls. Now, with the '90s rock-loving the Starfolk, he may have crafted his masterpiece, and shares "Sleeping Without Dreaming" with PopMatters readers exclusively.

For a certain contingent of music fans, there will never, ever, be anything better than ‘90s alternative rock (or indie rock or college rock or whatever you want to call it).


While Nirvana & Pearl Jam grunged their way to the top of the charts, slaying all of hair metal in a single “Spirit”-ed riff, there was that weirder, stranger offshoot of ‘90s rock groups that found the Pixies more enlightening, and before long, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, the Breeders (how apt), and Guided By Voices mixed catchy melodies with lo-fi production, each album feeling like an artful world unto itself. Although this era feels long-lost to some, there’s a litany of younger bands who are lighting up smiles all up and down the blogosphere with albums that are very much indebted to the wiry jangle-pop of yore.


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Thursday, Aug 15, 2013
Since I started following the Australian instrumental outfit All India Radio, they have released four free albums on their Bandcamp account.

The first one was Free EP from 2010, a companion to their new album at the time The Silent Surf. Then came Free Me in 2011, a hodge-podge collection alternate mixes and radio edits of songs from All India Radio past. Then came Don’t Leave from last year, a single/EP companion to their Red Shadow Landing album.


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Friday, Jul 26, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Schweeet! Awesome mix of a huge range of Andre 3000 tracks by the Last Skeptik and you can download it. Nuff said.

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TRACK LIST
Outkast - Elevators
Tash ft. Outkast - Smokefest 99
Rick Ross ft. Andre 3000 - Sixteen
Kelis ft. Andre 3000 - Millionaire
Outkast ft Lil Wayne - Hollywood Divorce
Jay Z ft. Andre 3000 - 30 Something Remix
Outkast ft. Babyface - Jazzy Belle Remix
Outkast - Playas Ball
Outkast - She Lives In My Lap
Gwen Stefani - Bubble Pop Electric
Q Tip ft. Andre 3000 - That’s Sexy
Big Gipp ft. Andre 3000 - Boogie Man
Fonzworth Bentely ft. Andre 3000 - Everybody
Outkast ft. Mystikal - Neck Ov The Woods
Outkast - Rosa Parks
Outkast - Art of Story Telling Part 2
Outkast - Skew It On The Bar B
Outkast - Humble Mumble
Lloyd ft. Andre 3000 - Dedication To My Ex Remix
Lil Wayne ft. Andre 3000 - Interlude
Outkast - Spottyoppydopalicious
Drake ft. Andre 3000 - the Real Her
Devin The Dude ft. Andre 3000 - What A Job
Rich Boy ft. Andre 3000 - Throw Some D’s
T.I ft. Andre 3000 - Sorry
UGK ft. Outkast - International Playas Anthem
John Legend ft. Outkast - Green Light
Outkast - Liberation
Frank Ocean ft. Andre 3000 - Pink Matter
Outkast - Prototype


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Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013
Just one listen to "Global Concepts" will make sure you have no confusion as to what Robert DeLong's album Just Movement is all about.

In case you are at work, I’ll put this right out there. “Global Concepts” has the line “Did I make you fucking dance?”, so if you’re gonna listen to the energetic song with loud volume, you might want to do so with headphones on. Robert DeLong had to censor himself when he performed on Letterman, but even without the expletive DeLong made this party anthem work. This song is one that’s gonna get you on your feet with its frantic beats. Just part of the 50-minute album Just Movement, “Global Concepts” has similar elements to the rest of the album, leading one to believe the multi-talented singer, producer and Wii-mote slinger DeLong will continue to release his buoyant dance hits onto audiences around the world.


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