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Friday, Feb 4, 2011

February 15, 2011 marks the recording debut of Yellowbirds, the first “solo” effort by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine). With help from some friends Cohen orchestrated a sonic dreamland of billowing melodies, lulling harmonies and illustrative existential reasoning. Yellowbirds’ dreamland, appropriately titled The Color, was inspired by Cohen’s nostalgia for his Texas roots, crossed with contemporary industrial wonders of his current home New York City. In turn The Color is a collage of cool, calm and collected psychedelic folk rock, paired with dream pop and varnished with a southern croon; listening to Yellowbirds is like riding on a rainbow wondering “what’s next?” Stray away from the ordinary and join Yellowbirds in their “quixotic world where only the purist tones can be heard.”


The band is scheduled to perform February 12, 2011 at Cake Shop in NYC. Fingers crossed that more dates get announced in the near future.



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Friday, Jan 28, 2011

San Francisco-based producer Al Lover has honored the late great Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) with Safe as Milk Replica, a “distorted reworking” of the art-rock sage’s 1967 debut album Safe as Milk. On the project, Al Lover’s deconstructs Beefheart’s cacophonic blues with a MPC sampler to concoct, as he puts it, “fuzzed out psychedelic boom-bap shit”. 


You can stream the entire album below or download it at Al Lover’s Bandcamp website.



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Friday, Jan 28, 2011

Last Wednesday night, Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus) and his Brain Feeder label mates took over DJ Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show. During the two hour program, which was recorded at Flying Lotus’s home in Los Angeles, the experimental beat maker performed a DJ mix and a live set, and he was joined by Gaslamp Killer, Matthew David, Tokimonsta, Teebs and Samiyam. Here’s a SoundCloud stream of the show (via the music blog Some of Awesome), or you can check it out over at Radio 1’s website.


In other Flying Lotus news, this past Sunday he won album of the year for his Cosmogramma LP at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2011. Thom Yorke presented the award to Ellison, and after the show the artist talked with Yorke and Peterson. You can watch the tongue-in-cheek interview in the clip below. 


And speaking of Thom York, the Radiohead fan site At Ease says Peterson was discussing the ceremony on his radio show the other day and he stated this wonderful nugget: “there’s a new Radiohead album if you’re wondering. Just done I believe.”


[Listen to show]



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Friday, Jan 28, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

Mike Skinner, a.k.a. the Streets, has dropped a brand-new mixtape on the Internet. Given Soundcloud’s ever-growing trendy hipness, he has chosen that platform to showcase his latest sounds. The new “record” offers up 14 tracks, including one with Kano. The release is significant because it contains what he claims will be his last recorded “rap” vocal. We shall see on that, young fella.


  Cyberspace and Reds (Deluxe Edition) by The Streets


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Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Bob Marley & The Wailers' last ever concert occurred in Pittsburgh on 23 September 1980 and next week Universal is releasing the deluxe two-CD set documenting the historic show.

Bob Marley & The Wailers
Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980
(UMe/Tuff Gong)
Releasing: 1 February


Our friends over at MOG have a really sweet exclusive running right now. Bob Marley & The Wailers’ last ever concert occurred in Pittsburgh on 23 September 1980 and next week Universal is releasing the deluxe two-CD set documenting the historic show. If you sign up for a free 7-day MOG trial, you can listen to the album in full right now up until release. Of course, Marley performs all the old favorites too: “No Woman No Cry”, “Redemption Song”, “Jammin’, “Get Up Stand Up” and many more.


SONG LIST
01 Greetings
02 Natural Mystic
03 Positive Vibration
04 Burnin’ & Lootin’
05 Them Belly Full
06 The Heathen
07 Running Away
08 Crazy Baldhead
09 War / No More Trouble
10 Zimbabwe
11 Zion Train
12 No Woman No Cry
13 Jamming
14 Exodus
15 Redemption Song
16 Coming in From The Cold
17 Could You Be Loved
18 Is This Love
19 Work
20 Get Up Stand Up


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