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Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010

“I Shall Be Released” is an iconic, universal anthem. It’s been covered by everyone under the sun, from Nina Simone to the Deftones. Below I’ve included several variations on the tune, starting of course with Bob Dylan’s original 1967 version from The Basement Tapes. Dylan’s original (where he is joined by the Band) is followed by the Band’s own rendition from their 1968 classic Music From Big Pink. It’s set to a socially motivated Vietnam YouTube video. The British Beatlesesque outfit, the Tremeloes, recorded their own version of the tune, which reached number 29 on the UK charts. 


Nina Simone’s take on the song is from her 1969 album To Love Somebody. I also had to include a 1969 version from the Mama Cass television program featuring the Mama herself, Joni Mitchell and Mary Travers. Joan Baez’s live performance of the song at Sing Sing Prison in 1972 follows.


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Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

We love the new Sade album, as today’s review illustrates. Sade is making the rounds promoting her first album in 10 years with all manner of TV appearances…


On Letterman…


On the Today Show…


And the official video…



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Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010

Phantogram is influenced by a variety of sensations, aspirations, and visions, the combination of which explode into an array of atmospheric and organic sounds. Hailing from Upstate New York, the duo draws from a wide range of music—from hip-hop to trip-hop to garage rock to avant-garde. Where other bands would likely fail meshing these genres into a coherent set of sounds, Phantogram flourishes. Their songs have a three-dimensional quality, which is fitting considering the actual definition of a “phantogram” is a two-dimensional object that appears three-dimensional.


Their album, Eyelid Movies, was released on 9 February and is currently streaming over on NPR and on Lala below..


SONG LIST
01 Mouthful of Diamonds
02 When I’m Small
03 Turn It Off
04 Running from the Cops
05 All Dried Up
06 As Far As I Can See
07 You Are the Ocean
08 Bloody Palms
09 Futuristic Casket
10 Let Me Go
11 10,000 Claps



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Tuesday, Feb 9, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

We recently profiled Owen Pallett and praised his 2010 album, Heartland, saying it “has a fine polish that feels as expansive as it is ornate.” Pallett recently stopped by Q TV and here is his live take on “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt”.



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Tuesday, Feb 9, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Basement Jaxx have remixed ‘80s new wave classic from those old New Romantics, ABC. Man, this one takes me back… Actually, the album that song originally comes from (The Lexicon of Love) is a perfect Valentine’s Day soundtrack all around.


Basement Jaxx
“Look of Love (Felix Jaxx Booty Remix)” [MP3]
     


and the original…



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