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Friday, Apr 23, 2010

The National
High Violet
(4AD)
Releasing: 11 May


If you’ve been counting the days since 2007’s Boxer and can’t stand the suspense over its follow-up any longer, the National is streaming its latest long-player High Violet in its entirety at the New York Times. Upping the smoldering intensity of Boxer, if that’s possible, leaked tracks like the imposing “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and the haunting “Afraid of Everyone” won’t disappoint anyone who has been eagerly awaiting new material from the band. And while the new songs sound impressive in their own right, you’ll now be able to hear them in the context of the album, which is the best way to listen to a band that’s devoted to big picture storytelling like the National. For those who are a little more patient, you can wait a couple of weeks until the proper release of High Violet on May 11.


SONG LIST
01 Terrible Love
02 Sorrow
03 Anyone’s Ghost
04 Little Faith
05 Afraid of Everyone
06 Bloodbuzz Ohio
07 Lemonworld
08 Runaway
09 Conversation 16
10 England
11 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks


“Bloodbuzz Ohio” [MP3]
     



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Friday, Apr 23, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Quentin B. Huff will be appearing on WNYC’s Soundcheck program today at 2.00pm EST along with Lah Tere of hip-hop group Rebel Diaz discussing women in hip-hop. Recently Huff wrote for PopMatters in “A Declaration for Female Emcees” that “hip-hop needs a women’s movement ala Seneca Falls. The Declaration of Sentiments used the Declaration of Independence as its structural model (in hip-hop we call that “sampling”).”


Here’s the description of the planned Soundcheck program: “Female emcees, or ‘femcees’, have always been a minority in hip-hop. But in this decade, they became almost an endangered species. The few women in the genre are not nearly as successful or engaged as rappers like Queen Latifah or Foxy Brown, who made inroads in the 1980s and ‘90s.


To examine this question we’re joined by Quentin B. Huff, who wrote a column about the issue for PopMatters.com; and Lah Tere, a member of the Bronx-based hip-hop group Rebel Diaz. She is also the founder of Mommas Hip Hop Kitchen, an annual all female hip hop showcase.”


You can listen to the program online here.


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Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Jennifer Davis will be appearing on WNYC’s Soundcheck program today at 2.00pm EST alongside the legendary Specials discussing the history of ska. Last year she penned “The Ska Will Go On” for PopMatters where she claimed, “ska never died… it merely sank back underground to the grimy clubs from whence it sprang, while the genre’s biggest stars took time to rest, regroup, and strategize their comebacks.”


Here’s the description of the planned Soundcheck program: “Ska started as a politically volatile offshoot of reggae in the 1960s. It returned in the Thatcher-era England of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with seminal bands like the Specials and the English Beat. And it has resurfaced in the songs of groups like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Now, as the Specials and the English Beat embark on major tours of the U.S., we look at the roots of the genre and find out where it’s traveled. Our guests include two original members of the Specials and Jennifer Davis, a journalist who covered the history of ska for PopMatters.com.”


You can listen to the program online here.


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Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010

Seminal 1980’s cow punk rockers Jason and the Scorchers are back with their first batch of original music since 1996. The CD is Halcyon Days. The single featured here is “Moonshine Guy”. Highlight lyric: “He yells and he roars / Loves the Stones, hates the Doors / Thinks the Beatles sing for girls / He’s a moonshine guy in a six pack world.”



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Friday, Apr 16, 2010

This Saturday, April 17, is Record Store Day, which is self-explanatory enough. To lure consumers away from iTunes and into stores to buy CDs and maybe even vinyl, indie retailers—provided you can still find one where you live—are offering loads of interesting one-offs and reissues, along with in-store performances by some heavyweight acts. The list of bands participating is pretty impressive, from Against Me! at Plan 9 Music in Richmond, VA, Drive-By Truckers at Harvest Records in Asheville, NC, and Yo La Tengo at Rhino Records in Claremont, CA. The official Record Store Day website has more information on special offers and live performances. And if it doesn’t seem too counterintuitive to you, you can hear a couple of exclusive Record Store Day tracks from Beach House streaming online, courtesy of Sub Pop.


  Beach House - The Arrangement by subpop


  Beach House - Zebra (UK Radio Edit) by subpop


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