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Thursday, Apr 5, 2012
Preview the original score from the movie The Raid: Redemption.

One of the articles I saw about the new Indonesian movie The Raid: Redemption has the headline “THE RAID Punches Indonesia’s Box Office in the Face”. The score for this movie is half the fun and just as likely to punch you in the face then give you a few jabs in the torso as you fall to the ground. The brutal action film has some crazy choreographed fight scenes accompanied with a score composed by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Joseph Trapanese. The movie is slowly rolling out in theaters around the US (the unnecessary subtitle was given for our market) but the soundtrack is available for streaming now and can be purchased at the official site (the only place for the CD version it says). The music is heavy on synthesizers and percussion may not win any awards but it will get your blood rising.


 



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Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012
by PopMatters Staff

Björk has a new series of remixes of songs from last year’s Biophilia releasing every two weeks, leading up to a CD and vinyl release of each remix. First up, Berlin’s Current Value takes on “Crystalline”.



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Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012

Alt fave band Bear in Heaven amassed some considerable buzz at this year’s SXSW festival and now they’re gearing up to release their fifth album I Love You, It’s Cool, next week (April 3). The trio actually began back in 1998 as a solo studio project for Jon Philpot down in Atlanta, until a group mentality amassed in Brooklyn by 2003. The trio now includes guitarist Adam Wills and drummer Joe Stickney. This new collection of songs continues the synth-heavy approach with Philpot vocals buried among psychedelic sensibilities. Simplistic pop treatments lurk in their lyrics such as “Feels like a thousand years have gone by without you” in “Reflection of You” and “Friends don’t know what you’ve been through” in “Sinful Nature”. But with soaring choruses, pulsing beats and majestic guitar lines, all is easily forgiven.


Listen to I Love You, It’s Cool in its entirety or song by song, on NPR’s “First Listen” program here.


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Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012
by PopMatters Staff

The Flaming Lips worked with a bevy of top-notch artists (see the track list after the jump) for their Record Store Day release The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. You can catch a preview via this stream of their performance with Bon Iver on “Ashes in the Air”.



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Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012
by PopMatters Staff

Japandroids
Celebration Rock
(Polyvinyl)
Releasing: 5 June


Japanroids are back with their sophomore outing, Celebration Rock, following the critically acclaimed 2009 debut Post-Nothing. Guitarist Brian King recently told Pitchfork: “On a lot of this new record, we actually tried to simulate the sound of what we thought the crowd would do during the songs,” says King. “Dave (Prowse, drums) and I were in the studio just screaming out as if we were in the audience at our own show.”


You can check out the new tune “The House That Heaven Built” over at Soundcloud and catch the band live at one of the dates below.


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