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Thursday, Aug 4, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
San Francisco's Extra Classic wanted to get completely authentic with their modern take on the sounds of classic Jamaican reggae, so they recorded all the tunes for their new album on 8-track tape using vintage recording equipment.

San Francisco’s Extra Classic wanted to get completely authentic with their modern take on the sounds of classic Jamaican reggae, so they recorded all the tunes for their new album on 8-track tape using vintage ‘60s ands ‘70s recording equipment. The result is the new album, Your Light Like White Lightning, Your Light Like a Laser Beam, releasing 27 September via Manimal Vinyl. The performing band is made up of Adrianne Verhoeven (vocals/keys), Alex deLanda (bass), Josh Adams (drums), Dustin Kinsey (guitar) and David Wetzel (keyboards), with Verhoeven (formerly of the Anniversary) and de Landa (who has worked with the Donkeys and the Papercuts) as the leading force behind the music. Today we bring you the premiere of the new song “You Can’t Bring Me Down (Discomix)”.



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Monday, Jul 25, 2011
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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.


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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
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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.


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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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