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PM Picks Playlist 3: WEIRDO, Psychobuildings, Lili Pistorius

PopMatters Picks Playlist features the electropop of WEIRDO, Brooklyn chillwavers Psychobuildings, the clever alt-pop of Lili Pistorius, visceral post-punk from Sapphire Blues, Team Solo's ska-pop confection, and dubby beats from Ink Project.

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Bourgeois Mystics Invite You to the Craziest Party of Your Life on "Jaan Pehechan Ho" (premiere)

Prepare to pop your conscious in a psychedelic tumble dryer and kiss goodbye to any shred of sanity you may have been saving for the weekend.

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Believe the Hype: Paul Gorman's  Story of Style Bible 'The Face'

Pop culture in the Thatcher/Reagan years and beyond, all photographed beautifully and polished to a high sheen. Paul Gorman guides us through the A-List parties and the corporate takeovers of 24 years of The Face.

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Taking Back Control: An Interview with the Selecter

Pauline Black may be called the Queen of Ska by some, but she insists she's not the only one, as Two-Tone legends the Selecter celebrate another stellar album in a career full of them.

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Neville Staple: Ska-Crazy

This time front and centre, former Specials member Neville Staple reveals a harder, no-nonsense approach to a variety of Caribbean music.

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Speaking in Pastiche: Lee "Scratch" Perry and Subatomic Sound System Revisit 'Super Ape'

"[Scratch is] like this jester and he's joking around and people discount him, almost like he's a clown but he's actually speaking these deep truths in jokes."

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Save Ferris Fizzles on Revival Tour Stop in New York

Whether her vocals were underwhelming due to a bad audio mix or because her voice is flagging after 15+ years of disuse, Powell was unable to sustain Save Ferris's momentum.

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Madness: Can't Touch Us Now

Madness serves up a release that disappoints while also suggesting there's still plenty of life left in the veteran band.

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Don Drummond Was One of the Five Best Trombonists to Ever Play the Instrument

One comes away from Don Drummond with a clearer sense of who the man was and why he is considered by many to be the best musician so few people have ever heard of.

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The Waitresses: Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses

Just Desserts is, top to bottom, filled with songs that are memorably funny, pensive, angry and just bitterly honest.

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Less Than Jake: See the Light

Less Than Jake's first album in five years doesn't quite live up to their '90s heyday, but it's still packed with hooks and energy.

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In Defense of Retiring the Band Name Sublime

There will forever be only one Sublime, and Bradley Nowell is the only lead singer that should have ever been part of it.

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Still Flyin': On a Bedroom Wall

The album embodies the youthful feeling of wanting to do something special -- follow a dream, escape.

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Bang Data: La Sopa

Mix in a portion of Cumbia, a dash of Samba, a sprinkling of Ska, a dollop of rock and a measure of bilingual vocals. Put it on your player for an hour and bingo: La Sopa!

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Manu Chao: 5 September 2011 - New York

Labor Day at Terminal 5 with Manu Chao was as stirring as it was sweaty. That is, very.

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Babylon Circus: Dances of Resistance

Footage of the group's live performances shows seas of people shaking their arms, and after listening to Dances of Resistance nothing in that picture feels exaggerated.

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Oreskaband: Oreskaband

As if half of Morning Musume had decided to pick up trombones and start covering Toots and the Maytals.


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