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Friday, Apr 29, 2011

Dizraeli’s new track (with his band, the Small Gods), takes a breather from his usual frenetic political diatribes, slowing down his trademark spit-fire delivery in favour of a more meditative approach. Opening with a flush of baroque strings, “Million Miles” explores a moody soundscape of nocturnal paranoia and fever-dreamed eroticism. Over a rhythm built equally of hip-hop sampling and jazz riffing, Dizraeli levels rhymes of sex and death amidst a haunted wash of ghostly vocals floating in the musical ether above the groove. It’s a new direction for the artist who opted for slams and jams on his previous outing, Engurland (City Shanties), injecting his arty, rough-hewn brand of hip-hop with a coarser blend of live instrumentation. It’s like an emotional apocalypse of sound and poetry.


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Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

Death Cab for Cutie
Codes and Keys
(Atlantic)
Releasing: 31 May


Death Cab for Cutie have just put out a stream of a new tune from their upcoming album. The boys also have a bunch of international shows upcoming with Frightened Rabbit, listed after the jump.


SONG LIST
01 Home Is a Fire
02 Codes and Keys
03 Some Boys
04 Doors Unlocked and Open
05 You Are a Tourist
06 Unobstructed Views
07 Monday Morning
08 Portable Television
09 Underneath the Sycamore
10 St. Peter’s Cathedral
11 Stay Young, Go Dancing


Death Cab for Cutie - Some Boys by ATL REC.


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Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

As many of you know, the Beastie Boys’ new album The Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 has already leaked, but it’s the “clean” version. So, the boys are striking back by giving the fans what they really want, the “explicit” version. It’s up now and streaming on the Beasties’ Soundcloud. As the band says, “As a hostile and retaliatory measure with great hubris we are making the full explicit aka filthy dirty nasty version available for streaming on our site. We hope this brings much happiness, hugs, and harmony. Enjoy Kikoos for life!”


Hot Sauce Committee Part Two by Beastie Boys


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Friday, Apr 22, 2011
by Manya Brachear - Chicago Tribune (MCT)

As Christians prepare to commemorate Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross and celebrate his resurrection, Lady Gaga fans are celebrating “Judas,” the artist’s newest song named for the man who betrayed Jesus.


The latest single off the album Born this Way, which talks about confronting one’s inner demons and hopelessly loving the wrong man, was supposed to come out five days before Easter. But leaks on the Internet forced an earlier release last Friday.


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Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011

L.A. radio station KRCW is featuring the sophomore release from Airborne Toxic Event as part of their Album Preview series. It makes for an easy publicity stunt for this heavily favored local band in a burgeoning music scene. The band hit the scene with their epic anthem, “Sometime Around Midnight” in 2008, about an impassioned plea to an ex-lover. The mix of indie rock and orchestral arrangements lends a grandeur to this quintet fronted by Mikel Jollett’s vocals. Their self-titled release will be supplemented by the new collection of songs due out April 26. All at Once begins with the rollicking drums of “All at Once” before “Numb” brings in sweet call back vocals by Anna Bulbrook. The third track is the single, “Changing”, which is already receiving heavy airplay and rightly so. It has the makings of a hit from the opening hand claps to the sing along chorus. The artsy video directed by Jan Danovic begins with “Sometime Around Midnight” on a car radio, then shows the band playing live with accompanying moves by L.A.-based dance crew, Strikers All-Stars, known for their community outreach (see below). The next acoustic entry, “All for a Woman”, gets bogged down by the simplistic lyrics:  “Promising Everything to Everyone… You’re my favorite one.” But the band gets its groove back until another, more subtle acoustic ending with “The Graveyard Near the House”.


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