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Monday, May 24, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

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Strange Weather, Isn It?
(Warp)
Releasing: 24 August


Brooklyn dance-poppers return this summer with a new album and the band is currently streaming the first track over on their site.


SONG LIST
01 AM/FM
02 The Most Certain Sure
03 Wannagain Wannagain
04 Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
05 Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks
06 Hollow
07 Jump Back
08 Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss
09 The Hammer


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Friday, May 21, 2010

It’s really nothing more than a tease, but Arcade Fire has followed up last week’s postcard missive sent to “The Internet” announcing a new single with a very, very short sample from the imminent release. Click on the virtual record and spin it a bit to hear a very Arcade Fire sounding instrumental intro. You might not learn anything at all about what “The Suburbs” sounds like, but it’s still kind of a fun interactive promotional gimmick.




A. The Suburbs




AA. Month of May

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Friday, May 21, 2010

So maybe the latest trend in diva-pop is to look to their poor indie stepsisters for some needed inspiration. It might still take a little bit wrap your head around it, but at least we’ve known about the Le Tigre-Christina Aguilera hook-up for the latter’s Bionic album for a while now—the fruits of their collaboration on “I Hate Boys” can be heard now on a snippet released on Xtina’s YouTube channel. Even though the two acts are about very different kinds of desire, there’s really nothing too incongruous about the Aguilera-Kathleen Hanna combo on the track.


On the other hand, you’d think the xx, those masters of expressing understatement and introspection, would be the last band that Shakira would look to cover. But you’d be wrong, since there’s a leak of a one-minute clip where the bombastic, rumpshaking diva offers her take on the dark pop of the xx’s “Islands”. What’s maybe more surprising is that it’s a fairly reverent version of the original, or at least as muted as anyone can expect Shakira to get. Just Google “Shakira xx” at your own peril!


Christina Aguilera with Le Tigre - “I Hate Boys”


Shakira covering the xx - “Islands”


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Best known as “Ginger Grant” from Gilligan’s Island, Tina Louise recorded several swingin’ albums, the most notable of which was 1957’s It’s Time for Tina. The single, “It’s Been a Long Time” is available for listening on the YouTubes (non-embeddable, dammit ... but there’s an excellent album cover). According to Wikipedia, the album featured Coleman Hawkins (!) on tenor sax, and Harkit Records may be re-releasing it. Their site is worth browsing for the album art alone. Also, Louise’s real name was Tatiana Josivovna Chernova Blacker, which is just awesome.


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The last time Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli collaborated, it was 2000 and they were the duo Reflection Eternal. The result of their partnership was the critically-acclaimed album, Train of Thought. At the time, it was only Kweli’s second official studio album (the first being Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star in 1998). Talib’s first solo effort, Quality, wouldn’t hit shelves until 2002. Both still relatively new to hip-hop in 2000, the two produced a bold, hard-hitting album, with Kweli’s powerful rhymes and Tek’s beats rooted in ‘70s soul.


Now, almost 10 years after the release of Train of Thought, they are joining forces once again for their second studio effortRevolutions Per Minute (they also released a mixtape in 2009 called
The RE:Union. While one would assume that the words indie hip-hop and Entertainment Weekly would never be uttered in the same breath, the pop-culture magazine is currently streaming Revolutions Per Minute in its entirety.


On top of that, there are three videos posted below. The first two, “In This World” and “Strangers,” are singles from the new CD. The third is a throwback: “The Blast” from their first album, Train of Thought.


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