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Friday, May 21, 2010

So maybe the latest trend in diva-pop is to look to their poor indie stepsisters for some needed inspiration. It might still take a little bit wrap your head around it, but at least we’ve known about the Le Tigre-Christina Aguilera hook-up for the latter’s Bionic album for a while now—the fruits of their collaboration on “I Hate Boys” can be heard now on a snippet released on Xtina’s YouTube channel. Even though the two acts are about very different kinds of desire, there’s really nothing too incongruous about the Aguilera-Kathleen Hanna combo on the track.


On the other hand, you’d think the xx, those masters of expressing understatement and introspection, would be the last band that Shakira would look to cover. But you’d be wrong, since there’s a leak of a one-minute clip where the bombastic, rumpshaking diva offers her take on the dark pop of the xx’s “Islands”. What’s maybe more surprising is that it’s a fairly reverent version of the original, or at least as muted as anyone can expect Shakira to get. Just Google “Shakira xx” at your own peril!


Christina Aguilera with Le Tigre - “I Hate Boys”


Shakira covering the xx - “Islands”


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Best known as “Ginger Grant” from Gilligan’s Island, Tina Louise recorded several swingin’ albums, the most notable of which was 1957’s It’s Time for Tina. The single, “It’s Been a Long Time” is available for listening on the YouTubes (non-embeddable, dammit ... but there’s an excellent album cover). According to Wikipedia, the album featured Coleman Hawkins (!) on tenor sax, and Harkit Records may be re-releasing it. Their site is worth browsing for the album art alone. Also, Louise’s real name was Tatiana Josivovna Chernova Blacker, which is just awesome.


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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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