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by PopMatters Staff

15 Jan 2010


The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Dirty Shirt Rock ‘N’ Roll: The First Ten Years
(Shout! Factory/Majordomo)
Releasing: 30 March

A career retrospective is on the way this spring from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. This is just the opening volley in an extensive re-issue campaign which will see the re-release of all the band’s records in deluxe, expanded, and remastered form. The sets will include copious extras, including previously unreleased and rare songs.

by Thomas Britt

15 Jan 2010


Jazz drummer Ed Thigpen died in Copenhagen on Wednesday, January 13. His death at age 79 followed his struggles with Parkinson’s disease and a late-2009 hospitalization for other “heart and lung problems”. Widely recognized as an exceptionally tasteful and versatile drummer, Thigpen played with Oscar Peterson, Billy Taylor and Ella Fitzgerald, among others.

Read his detailed obituary from the Los Angeles Times.

by Evan Sawdey

13 Jan 2010


Just to get it out there in the open, what you are reading is a bit of a shameless plug—yet few shameless plugs are as fun as this one.

You see, I wouldn’t be here writing for PopMatters if it wasn’t for a guy named Benjamin Durdle. Ben was the guy who got me into recording songs, which has become one of my favorite hobbies in life. Am I any good at it? To be totally honest with you: no, not really—but that’s almost beside the point. Although I had always been a fan of pop music, it was Ben—the guy with keen underground sensibilities and an infectious love for actually recording whatever musical inkling dripped into his head—who opened me up to several new bands and the very concept of how music production works, which inevitably was one of the major things that lead me to become the writer that I am today.

by PopMatters Staff

12 Jan 2010


Serena Maneesh
S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor
(4AD)
Releasing: 22 March (UK), 23 March (US)

Norway’s recorded their new album in a cave outside Oslo, appropriate for a group mightily concerned with musical atmospherics. Emil Nikolaisen says of the new work and approach, “Studio environments often get on my nerves “and I love the underworld, you can silently head down there and do as you please, leave the world behind. So we found this huge cave with stone walls, it looked like a refugee hideout from World War II, with a huge, undiscovered treasure of sound.”

SONG LIST
01 Ayisha Abyss
02 I Just Want to See Your Face
03 Reprobate!
04 Melody for Jaana
05 Blow Yr Brains in the Mourning Rain
06 Honeyjinx
07 D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D.
08 Magdalena (Symphony #8)

by PopMatters Staff

12 Jan 2010


Nneka & J.Period
The Madness (Onye-Ala)

Nneka & J.Period Present: The Madness (Onye-Ala) available for download now. Featuring guest appearances from heavyweights of all kinds, The Madness (Onye-Ala) includes exclusive new tracks from M-1 (Dead Prez), Jay Electronica, Zumbi (Zion I), Rakaa (Dilated Peoples), Aceyalone (Freestyle Fellowship), General Steele (Boot Camp Clik) & Talib Kweli. Nneka’s The Uncomfortable Truth EP available on iTunes now. Full length album, Concrete Jungle dropping 2 February on Yo Mama/Decon/Epic Records.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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