Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Maya

Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Maya Composer: M.I.A. Conductor: M.I.A. Label: N.E.E.T./Interscope Release Date: 2010-07-28 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Big beats, big personality, and big statements define M.I.A. She’s never been one for subtleties, and on her third album she’s brasher than ever. Sound effects are loaded on top of almost all of Maya’s 16...

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Gold: Before Woodstock, Beyond Reality

Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Gold: Before Woodstock, Beyond Reality Label: MVD Visual Release Date: 2010-07-28 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Gold’s DVD case touts the “previously unreleased music from MC5” on the soundtrack as one of the main selling points, right below the goofball acid casualty and the hippie-chick hooters. But even the most obsessive...

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The Way Out

Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The Way Out Composer: The Books Conductor: The Books Label: Temporary Residence Limited Release Date: 2010-07-28 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Duo the Books return after a four-year break with a tongue-in-cheek ode to New Age nuttiness. Stylistically, Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto continue to mine thrift-store cassettes for delightfully...

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Scars

Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-07-28 Dream Healing director Dora Peña serves as video director for SCARS, an original, one-act play written by cancer-survivor Maria A. Ibarra. Dreams, poems, and childhood and adult memories are woven into a theatrical history of Ibarra’s life as a “warrior” — one who’s no longer...

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Radio La Chusma

Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-07-28 They’ve been written about in Playboy. Their hit “Adelante” was chosen as their native El Paso’s official song. They’ve opened for the Doobie Brothers, WAR, and Steel Pulse. But you still might not have heard about six-piece Radio La Chusma ? a musical melting pot...

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The Cliks, Killola, Hunter Valentine

Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-07-28 TV-heads might recognize Lisa Rieffel from the first five seasons of The King of Queens or maybe the lesbian-themed web series Girltrash! (Rieffel also stars in Girl Trash: All Night Long, a feature film set for a 2011 release), but music fans (especially of the...

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Stand-Up for Diversity San Antonio Semi-Finals Showcase

Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-07-28 Representatives from NBC Universal will visit three “major U.S. markets” in an American Idol-esque search for the “most promising stand-up comedians” New York City, San Antonio, and San Francisco have to offer. Doesn’t it give you chills to hear nuestro pueblo chiquito’s name in the...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Seven Star Fist

Posted on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Seven Star Fist Composer: Rawkause Conductor: Rawkause Label: Self released Release Date: 2010-07-21 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording This seven-song debut EP — available for free download at rawkause.bandcamp.com — is nearly wall-to-wall verbiage, except for those instances where Rawkause, wisely, lets SA producer MyOwnStyleZ’s beat ride for a minute. The...

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Lazers Never Die

Posted on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Lazers Never Die Composer: Major Lazer Conductor: Major Lazer Label: Mad Decent/Interscope Release Date: 2010-07-21 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording For those bemoaning a lack of epic hipster summer jams this year, Major Lazer offers salvation on this brief EP. DJ demigod Diplo again ditches baile funk for Jamaican dancehall in...

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Adaptation

Posted on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Adaptation Composer: A.M. Architect Conductor: A.M. Architect Label: Creative Commons Release Date: 2010-07-21 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Sometimes the best summer soundtracks aren’t designed for the poolside kegger or the top-down nighttime drive, but for the midday hammock ride. This EP from San Antonio’s down-tempo MVPs — available for free...

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