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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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Monday, May 17, 2010

The first new Pernice Brothers album since 2006’s Live a Little, Goodbye, Killer is set to be released on June 15. The band is currently streaming three songs from the album: “Not the Loving Kind”, “F**king and Flowers”, and “We Love the Stage”.  Another song from the upcoming release, “Jacqueline Susann”, is also available as a free MP3 download. The Pernice Brothers are also running a special promotion with a pre-order of the album that includes a free copy of the book Pernice to Me.


SONG LIST
01 Bechamel
02 Jacqueline Susann
03 We Love the Stage
04 The Loving Kind
05 Something for You
06 Goodbye, Killer
07 The Great Depression
08 Newport News
09 F*cking and Flowers
10 The End of Faith


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Friday, May 14, 2010

Cold Cave’s “Life Magazine” was one of the best singles of 2009, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving with the release of a remix 12” EP by Matador on June 8. Eminent DJ-types like Pantha Du Prince and Optimo (Espacio) offer reduxes of “Life Magazine”, though it’s doubtful they’ll be able to top the blaring, anthemic electro-pop of the original. Some of the remixes are streaming at the Matador Matablog, as well as a bonus version by Optimo (Espacio)—the “Flexi Pop Mix”—that’s an online exclusive not available on the EP.


SONG LIST:
01 Life Magazine (The Arthur Baker’s Not Going Back Remix)

02 Life Magazine (An Optimo (Espacio) Remix)

03 Life Magazine (Pantha Du Prince First Flash Remix)

04 Life Magazine (Prurient Remix)


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Friday, May 14, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Mojo
(Reprise)
Releasing: 15 June


Tom Petty releases his first album with the Heartbreakers since 2002’s The Last DJ. The veteran rocker is going to back to his musical roots on this one, recording the tracks live with no overdubs to achieve a real rock ‘n’ roll immediacy. The album will be supported by a massive tour extending into the fall where the band will be supported along the way by major acts such as Joe Cocker, Drive-by Truckers, ZZ Top and Buddy Guy, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and My Morning Jacket. This should be one of the summer’s big money-making tours. “First Flash of Freedom” is streaming now over at tompetty.com and below.


As a bonus for buying a concert ticket, you can get a free copy of the new album. Here are the details: “When you purchase a ticket online, you’ll get an email with codes entitling you to download two tracks from Mojo (“First Flash of Freedom” and “Good Enough”.) Then, on release date (June 15) you’ll be sent a download of the entire album. And later in the summer, after the tour, you’ll get a selection of live tracks recorded during the tour.”


SONG LIST
01 Jefferson Jericho Blues
02 First Flash of Freedom
03 Running Man’s Bible
04 The Trip to Pirate’s Cove
05 Candy
06 No Reason to Cry
07 I Should Have Known It
08 U.S. 41
09 Takin’ My Time
10 Let Yourself Go
11 Don’t Pull Me Over
12 Lover’s Touch
13 High in the Morning
14 Something Good Coming
15 Good Enough







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Thursday, May 13, 2010

So it may have been only two weeks ago that M.I.A.‘s graphic, cinematic, and social critiquing video “Born Free” was posted in Mixed Media, but that’s old news already. Time must move at a different pace for Maya Arulpragasam, since a lot has happened on the M.I.A. front in the interim: Not only has M.I.A. announced that her long-awaited new album /\/\/\Y/\—yes, that’s supposed to look like “MAYA”—will be released on July 13, but she has promoted it and herself in ways only she could come up with, teeing off on Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber alike, while plastering political messages via guerilla billboards in London. Then there’s this NME interview where she slags newly minted Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, while somehow getting in a few digs on the Obama 08 campaign, too.


And, oh yeah, she’s dropped another new track from /\/\/\Y/\, “XXXO”, which premiered on BBC Radio 1 earlier in the week. What’s surprising here is that the music is the least shocking thing about M.I.A., since “XXXO” sounds like catchy, relatively straightforward dance pop, shedding the Technicolor excesses and world-music hybridity you’ve come to expect from her. Both “XXXO” and “Born Free” are now available for purchase at iTunes.



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