Filed under: Issue 22 | Tags: 2Pac, an introduction to ellie goulding, bird and whale, brazilian indie folk, Brian Oblivion, crushin' feelings, Cults, Dr. Dre, Ellie Goulding, Freddie Gibbs, gay singles, go outside, good kisser, hip-hop, Hunx and his punx, Interscope Records, karin dreijer andersson, Lights, Madeline Follin, Matador Records, midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik, Old Folks (New Year), Outkast, Rosie and Me, Str8 Killa No Filla, teardrops on my telephone, The Knife, The Ramones, tupac
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If you thought the best genres Brazil produced were metal (Sepultura), Bossa nova (Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto) and tropicalia (Os Mutantes), we’ve got two words for you: indie folk.
Mostly bypassing the obvious Brazilian influences, Rosie and Me sound more like an American Continue reading
Filed under: Mix Fix | Tags: Arthur Baker, Cold Cave, Life Magazine, Matador Records, The Mix Fix
PREVIEW THE DJ: Arthur Baker’s MySpace
LISTEN: “Life Magazine” by Cold Cave (The Arthur Baker’s Not Going Back Remix)
Now that we’re past the Pantha Du Prince mess, Cold Cave finally gets a remix of “Life Magazine” worth jumping to. Unlike Pantha Du Prince, Baker builds the mix around the chorus’ amazing beat. Why one would avoid the best part of the song is beyond me, but I’m happy there’s finally a mix that does the original some justice. It takes it’s time with a long build-up by breaking into a great crash and flow, whirling the original beats with warped high-pitched ones. The song is apart of a collection of Cold Cave remixes, called “The Life Magazine “12,” being released by Matador Records on June 8th.
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: album reviews, Buy Early Get Now, Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, James McNew, Matador Records, Popular Songs, Releases of the Week, Yo La Tengo
For a band that’s been active since 1984, Popular Songs marks 25 years of spectacular music-making. The band’s 7th release with Matador Records, the album leaked in July, prompting the label to put it up for “Buy Early Get Now” — a pre-ordering option which gives the customers extra goodies, from free MP3s to complementary posters, in order to “beat the leak every time.”
While this trio has never really achieved mainstream domination, Yo La Tengo have been a musical goldmine for every indie junkie out there. For a band that has been continuously evolving with the audience, yet maintaining its original roots, Popular Songs serves as more than just a spectacular album, and yes it is spectacular. It manages to be an overview/exploration of the style and technique the New Jersey trio has forged over the years, wrapped up into one release. Continue reading