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Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010

Comedian Aziz Ansari (as his alter ego “RAAAAAAAANDY” from Funny People teams up with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek to call out pretty much every single rapper out there on their track “Aaaaaaaangry”:



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Friday, Feb 19, 2010

Xiu Xiu
Dear God, I Hate Myself
(Kill Rock Stars)
Releasing: 23 February


There’s a new Xiu Xiu album coming out, which I don’t suspect anybody is too excited about, more so that people are awaiting its release in some religious, jaw-clenching fugue state. That’s music for you, though. Some people like to enjoy it, others like to let it motivate their affected agony to tortured, romantic climax.


SONG LIST
01 Gray Death
02 Chocolate Makes You Happy
03 Apple for a Brain
04 House Sparrow
05 Hyunhye’s Theme
06 Dear God, I Hate Myself
07 Secret Motel
08 Falkland Rd.
09 The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation
10 Cumberland Gap
11 This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)
12 Impossible Feeling


“This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)” [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010

Preservation Hall is both a musical venue and a band and both are vitally entwined within the culture and heritage of New Orleans. This new benefit album features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing NOLA classics alongside special guests including Andrew Bird, Terence Blanchard, Pete Seeger, Dr. John, Blind Boys of Alabama, Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, Merle Haggard, Richie Havens, Jason Isbell, Angelique Kidjo, Del McCoury, Buddy Miller, and Tom Waits. Ben Jaffe, PHJB Creative Director, says “My goal on this project was to create new works steeped in the New Orleans Tradition with artists from diverse musical genres and backgrounds who all share a mutual admiration and deep appreciation for our cultural heritage.” Find out more and donate to the cause at the official site.



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Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010

Since her 2005 debut album, Victim of Truth, nu-soul songstress Nneka has been compared to Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and a whole host of other passionate R&B, reggae and hip-hop heavyweights. After its release, Truth garnered critical acclaim overseas, eventually being named by The Times (UK) as one of 2006’s most “criminally overlooked albums” stating it “as good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Having yet to make her stamp in the States, Nneka made her U.S. debut this past November at Joe’s Pub in New York City and is now currently touring the country in support of her first American release, Concrete Jungle, which came out out on 2 February.


Born and raised in the Delta region of Nigeria, Nneka moved to Germany at the age of 19 to study anthropology and to pursue a career in singing.



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Thursday, Feb 11, 2010
by Kevin Amorim / Newsday (MCT)

The supergroup—that pop-music phenomenon where already-famous musicians collaborate to create a new, sometimes short-lived band—is still alive and well.


Just last year, several supergroups went supernova—from the hard-rocking and unfortunately named Chickenfoot (Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani) to the power-poppy Tinted Windows (Hanson’s Taylor Hanson, Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos).


Included in that list is the classic alt-rock trio Them Crooked Vultures—Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl from Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme.


Here are 10 other supergroups, by era.


—Kevin Amorim / Newsday (MCT)


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