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Monday, Jul 25, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

Last night, M.I.A. posted a tribute to Amy Winehouse on her Soundcloud page fittingly titled “27”. It’s “dedicated to all [her] friends that died at 27”, likely also a reference to Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Jones, who all, like Winehouse, passed away at the tender age of 27.


  27 by _M_I_A_


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Thursday, Jul 21, 2011

Recently, two songs from Portugal. The Man. caught my ear but I was soon to learn that the online radio play was due to the availability of select advance copies.  With “So American” and “Got It All” already new favorites, it was great to experience the entire release, In the Mountain In the Cloud, as part of the Album Preview series on KCRW.  The day the album dropped (July 19th), the band showed up for a live session on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.  It’s always interesting to witness a band playing live, and Portugal. The Man’s collective energy surges from the radio station’s studio.  In the interview, singer John Gourley talks about his upbringing in Alaska and how he still writes best in his bedroom back there, surrounded by family and a way of life found nowhere else.  A video for “Sleep Forever” was created in Gourley’s back yard with family dogs ready for their close up and scenes of untouched beauty.  The band is based in Portland now but this take on psych rock sounds completely homegrown for their sixth collection of songs.


Pick up a copy of In the Mountain in the Cloud at Amazon or stream it below.


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Thursday, Jul 21, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

The Rapture are releasing their new single “How Deep Is Your Love?” digitally next Tuesday as a preview for their new DFA Records album coming out on 6 September in the US and 5th in the UK. Yesterday, The Fader premiered the new tune as a stream and you can also snag the MP3 over at DFA Records.


The Rapture, “How Deep Is Your Love” by The FADER



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Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011
A long list of songs compiled to heat up the summer, including tunes from Wavves, Beastie Boys, Art Brut, Raphael Saadiq, Hooray For Earth, Elbow and more.

With the 4th of July holiday over, summer is in full swing and here’s a new tunes playlist ready to provide a soundtrack for everything on the list. From picnics and BBQs to hanging at the beach, the season is just meant to be lived outdoors. A bevy of new releases filled much of the space, rounded out by a few tracks saved from earlier in the year since they seemed more suited for summer. Enjoy!


 

1. “Make Some Noise” - Beastie Boys
Doing their thing since 1979, the Beastie Boys return with a new release, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. (The part one was put aside as Adam “MCA” Yauch underwent treatment for cancer.) This lead track is unapologetically recognizable as a Beastie Boys creation, finding new influences from the current music scene.


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Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011
Stream or download the new song "Culture of Fear" and get news on a Thievery's contest, tour and forthcoming live DVD.

Eighteenth Street Lounge‘s Thievery Corporation has kindly provided PopMatters readers access to the title track from their new album Culture of Fear.


“Culture of Fear” by Thievery Corporation


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