“They can’t find a hole for this pigeon,” soul legend Swamp Dogg says of himself. “But I don’t feel rained on. I don’t feel bad. I still consider myself the most successful failure in the United States, and that’s really not bad at all.” As a musician, Swamp Dogg has become “one of the great cult figures of 20th century American music”, according to AllMusic critic Steven Thomas Erlewine, due in large part to his boundary-pushing, edgy, and gut-bustiingly funny social commentary. The White Man Made Me Do It, his latest LP, continues on in this vein, displaying all of the inimitable Swamp Dogg traits. Below you can stream the title track from the album, which finds Swamp Dogg laying out his insightful and snarky commentary on racism atop a groovy musical background.
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Cheekily, on the Facebook page for the Edmonton, Alberta-based synth-pop project Artisan Loyalist (helmed by Rob Batke), the genre designation reads “Post-Yoga”. Given the seemingly endless parade of genre splintering that is happening at the moment, it’s not a stretch to imagine that such a thing exists. However, on The Ace EP, the latest collection of tunes from Artisan Loyalist, the music definitely doesn’t sound like it’s meant to take you to a zen place. From the sitar-esque lead riff to “O, Chamelon” to the propulsive beat of “O, Chamelon (Khotin remix)”, The Ace EP is definitely something to get the feet moving.
While the world lost a legendary writer and public figure when Maya Angelou passed earlier this May, fortunately many have found creative and heartwarming ways to celebrate her legacy. Perhaps most creative of all is the forthcoming album Caged Bird Songs, an album that pairs Angelou’s spoken word pieces with hip-hop musical backing. Below you can stream “On Aging”, a track where Angelou’s wise musings on getting older are met with a surprisingly well placed slap bass that could have been straight-ripped from a Rick James album.
A few weeks ago, PopMatters gave you the first look of Oil Boom‘s music video for the song “The Sneak Tip”. Now, we’re proud to premiere the album where “The Sneak Tip” finds its home, Red Metal. The album is a collection of tunes that gives more than a few tips of the hat to the band’s native Dallas, Texas. The somewhat lo-fi production of the music, particularly on many of the vocals, gives the music a worn-in feel, the kind of rock music that sounds like it’s already pre-aged.