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by Alex Suskind

14 Apr 2010


Being raised in Nashville, the spirit of music was instilled in Spree Wilson (born Joseph Young III) at an early age. His father was a hippie activist and a singer in a doo wop band, his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother played the piano and his godfather was the bass player in Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. It is no surprise to hear that Spree began playing the saxophone at age six and would eventually teach himself the guitar. 

Now, Spree is on the cusp of trending a new era in hip-hop. His unique blend of poignant lyrics, clever hooks, guitar riffs and a signature croon have won him support from music heavyweights like Dallas Austin and Q-Tip (the latter of whom is executive producing Spree’s debut album, The Beauty of Chaos, slated for an early 2011 release)

You can listen to Spree’s full EP over on his

by Arnold Pan

14 Apr 2010


Foals
Total Life Forever
(Sub Pop)
Releasing: 11 May (Digital) / 15 June (CD)

Talk about Mixed Media: Check out the state-of-the-art online promotion for the upcoming release by Foals, Total Life Forever. Complete with interactive puzzles that preview samples from the new album, the stylish site augurs a drastic shift in the band’s aesthetic from its thrillingly hyperactive 2008 debut Antidotes to something more complex, more moody, and art-damaged—think less Gang of Four, more Philip Glass. The two pre-released videos for “Spanish Sahara” and “This Orient” reveal Foals’ shoot-for-the-stars ambition, smoothing out the caffeine jag of the group’s earlier math-rockish pop by creating soundscapes heavy on electronics and atmosphere this time around. We’ll find out if Total Life Forever is more a case of “difficult second album syndrome” or the start of something even bigger for Foals when the album is digitally released by Sub Pop on May 11.

SONG LIST
01 Blue Blood 

02 Miami 

03 Total Life Forever 

04 Black Gold 

05 Spanish Sahara 

06 This Orient 

07 Fugue 

08 After Glow 

09 Alabaster

10 Two Trees

11 What Remains

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2010


AV Club’s “Under the Cover” series treks on with Americana golden boy Justin Townes Earle’s take on the Springsteen classic “Atlantic City”.

by Jonathan Simrin

12 Apr 2010


Ah, the DVD commentary track. It can enhance the viewing experience, highlighting artistic subtleties that deserve to be appreciated. It can also just be kind of distracting. Either way, the commentary will always include soft-speaking voices recounting cute anecdotes from production and how so-and-so was such a pleasure to work with. The people over College Humor went a little farther with this and came up with a film that’s entirely DVD commentary.

by PopMatters Staff

11 Apr 2010


PopMatters approved HEALTH has just released the latest video off their stellar 2009 full-length, Get Color.

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// Moving Pixels

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