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by Sachyn Mital

22 Jun 2012


The Beach Boys. Photo Credit: Guy Webster

To celebrate the summer and the Beach Boys’ new album That’s Why God Made the Radio PopMatters has arranged an awesome beach music prize pack for one lucky reader!

The founding members of the Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary bands in popular music history, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary celebration, including a new album release, a major international tour, and commemorative catalog releases. Their new studio album, That’s Why God Made the Radio, was released June 5th by Capitol/EMI. Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album’s 12 new songs illustrate the Beach Boys’ unique and evocative West Coast story with the band’s timeless signature sound. The Beach Boys’ collaborative approach to writing and recording their new music is evidenced throughout the album, with all of the band members participating to create its glorious harmonies, lyrics, and arrangements. In addition, the Beach Boys and Capitol/EMI have also partnered for 50th Anniversary commemorative releases celebrating the band’s entire catalog, with a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set planned for later this year.

by Sarah Zupko

21 Jun 2012


Today we bring you a new tune from the Spring Standards, a super poppy young band currently out touring with Rhett Miller and playing a number of their own dates (list below). The band’s new album is yellow//gold and “Here We Go” is an intensely catchy pop tune from the record about true love and, yes, desire. So, we think the perfect cocktail to drink while playing this song is something romantic and bright, a drink I call the French Kiss. It goes something like this…

FRENCH KISS
2 oz. UV Vodka (either unflavored or citron)
1/2 oz. limoncello
dash of Cointreau or Luxardo triple sec
fresh lemon juice (not from a bottle, but the actual fruit)

Mix then add items below:

1 basil leaf
2 raspberries (optional)
a dash of Chambord poured into the mixed cocktail (will form a beautiful red bottom to the drink… use a small amount as Chambord is very sweet)

And now for the song…

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jun 2012


POPMATTERS SPONSOR—For the next two weeks, you can catch PopMatters Publisher Sarah Zupko hosting UV Vodka’s Facebook page with music and drink picks for the season. UV Vodka also has an amazing contest where they are giving away a trip to Austin’s big October music festival. By then the summer heat has passed and you can settle in for days of amazing music. Just make sure you rent a car for a day and head out to the Salt Lick for BBQ. No trip to Austin is complete without it.

Enter the contest.

by Jessy Krupa

20 Jun 2012


Jordin Sparks on Season 6 of American Idol (2007)

American Idol’s sixth season created a lot of speculation, even before the top 24 was announced (due to a female contestant’s photo scandal and the inclusion of a former hitmaker’s son), but there was quite a bit of talk about a certain contestant with crazy hair. Yes, half the audience loved Sanjaya Malakar and the other half despised him (and one little girl cried uncontrollably every time she saw him.), but he didn’t even make it into the top six.
   
American Idol continued to be the highest rated show in television and a record amount of phone-in votes were cast that season, but the year’s biggest event was Idol Gives Back. A charity event benefitting poverty victims in Africa and the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, it led to over $70 million dollars in donations by viewers and corporations. To cap off the night of giving, no contestant was eliminated that week.

Still, the show had to go on, with these five singers being 2007’s most favorite Idols.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Jun 2012


Photo By: Jesse Justice (L-R: Frankie, Sonny, Paul, John, Javier, Jeff, Sammy, Felix)

Washington DC’s Empresarios have been putting out regular Soundcloud mixes for awhile now and they are always chock full of groovy, funky tunes. It’s summer too, so let’s funk it up with the latest mix the band are labeling the “Verano Caliente Mix”. The band’s personal style ranges from salsa and cumbia to house, all dancey and all steeped in deep funk. Did I mention this new mix is super funky? Well, it is and is perhaps their longest mix to date. In addition to new and exclusive music from the Empresarios, this mix also features voice-overs, introductions and commentary by Empresarios bandleader Javier Miranda. Miranda can also be heard providing live conga augmentation sporadically on this mix. You can set this thing to repeat and power an entire Saturday night summer party. Line up the mojitos and call your friends. Best of all, the whole mix is downloadable. Full tracklist below the jump.

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