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Monday, Mar 9, 2009

Chris Wilcha (This American Life) treats us with the second video from Asthmatic Kitty’s latest and greatest, Fol Chen’s Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made, which saw release in mid-February. Not to be outdone, the benevolent label convinced Liars (fresh from their tour with Radiohead) to provide us all with a free remix. Good vibes all around.


Fol Chen
“Cable TV” [MP3]
     


“Cable TV (Liars Remix)” [MP3]
     


No Wedding Cake (Matthew David Remix) [MP3]
     



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Friday, Mar 6, 2009

Eight years ago this week UK acoustic band Turin Brakes released their debut The Optimist LP. We loved the record back then and it still sounds fresh and timely. Devon Powers raved: “Turin Brakes have created a testament to singing and songwriting, and it’s impossible not to believe. The Optimist LP is a treasure chest of sparkly baubles and rare gems, and from top to bottom it is precious and priceless.” The record spawned a rash of videos highlighted below, plus, a live treat at the end of the batch.


Turin Brakes - Underdog (Save Me)


Turin Brakes - Emergency 72


Turin Brakes - Mind Over Money


Turin Brakes - The Door


Turin Brakes - Over & Over and Feeling Oblivion


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Friday, Mar 6, 2009
Calling Danger Mouse!

Ming Xia.


Never heard of her?


You’ve probably had the pleasure of hearing her, via “Things I’ve Seen”, the hit from her band Spooks’ deubt album. But that was almost a decade ago. The follow-up Faster Than You Know didn’t exactly set the world on fire.


Unless she is operating under a different name or I am woefully out of touch (very possible), Ming Xia has been silent. This is unacceptable. The beef some had with her band was that her angelic voice was being wasted alongside second-rate rappers and uninspired music. Not sure I concur, particularly on their first album. But there is no question that within a band or solo, we need more from her.


Danger Mouse: please help her. Help us.



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Friday, Mar 6, 2009
Rick Ross steps up the bougie-rap image to a new level.

Rick Ross has just stepped up the bougie-rap image to a new level.  In the video, Ross is a thoroughbred race-horse owner, dressed in an all-white suit and is sporting big, clear-framed ‘80s-style prescription glasses.  Usually with Ross, there’s some sort of thuggishness thrown in with the upper-class dress code, but in this video he does away with everything street, coming off like some sort of rich New England, nu-bourgeoisie, country club member.  I don’t think horse-racing has ever been approached with such sincerity in any music video.  The song is a nice and smooth, rap slow-jam with Ross’s signature smug, power-brags in full effect.  When he says “My money long / My money strong / If you ain’t getting money that mean you doin’ something wrong,” you’ll question your life choices, maybe.



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Thursday, Mar 5, 2009

Although sales never came up to par compared to 2003’s Beatitude, the 2007 full-length from Finnish crazies Pepe Deluxé was by far their greatest achievement to date. Critics gave it an Emma (the Fin Grammy), but a lack of US distribution meant few outside of Europe knew it existed, which is a shame because the beating heart of the record was largely influenced by the American psychedelic movement of the late ‘60s. These three videos will tell you their story.


Pepe Deluxé - “Mischief Of Cloud 6”


Pepe Deluxé - “Go For Blue”


Pepe Deluxé - “Pussycat Rock”


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