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Pop! Goes the Culture - 9.5

Pop! Goes the Culture - 9.5

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Published by: Kim on Sep 13, 2008
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Gmail - Pop! Goes the Culture - 9/5http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=02ec4e8a3f&view=pt&q=po...1 of 129/12/08 4:04 PM
Kim Powers <kpowers11@gmail.com>
Pop! Goes the Culture - 9/5
Kim Powers <kpowers11@gmail.com>Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 4:04 PM
To: Kim Powers <kpowers11@gmail.com>Mixing Bowls:(No matter how much you mix it up, that mystery sauce will never be edible.)Welcome back to another edition of Pop! Goes the Culture - where the only school supply you'll needis a desire to Pop!...well that an a 64 pack of crayons. While most of us are no longer in the schoolingworld (and a big HAHA to teachers who have to rejoin the working world...I'm extremely jealous of youall), you can't help but get a little giddy at the start of the "school year".The beginning of school always marked, at least for me, a certain amount of change. Not seeingpeople all summer, new fall wardrobe, questionable physical changes, and of course the obvious newclasses, teachers, etc. etc. It also, at least in my schooling career, created another opportunity for perfect attendance (but that's a wholeee other story.)To mark the unofficial start of fall, the official start of school, and the enjoyment of Ms. Jess Hollismaking a quick visit to Los Angeles, we've decided to do something a little differently with this issue of Pop! If you haven't already noticed, this issue is going out a little later than usual. Instead of stayingup all night, I decided to actually sleep for a couple of hours and then try and write this e-mail. Maybeit'll now seem a little more coherent, maybe it'll lose its girlish charm. Either way, it'll still be ready by thetime you eat ice cream for breakfast.Now, let's get a Poppin'...
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Music:Mixtape Link:http://www.mediafire.com/?
(they don't want no scrubs...they just want to rock.)1) Nurseshttp://www.myspace.com/nursesGoogle search engine is a pretty great invention. It's pretty up there on the greatest inventions lists -probably higher than plastic cutlery, but still below, like, the toothbrush. Because while you can't cutinto cake on the go with Google, you can search phrases such as "awesome xylophone indie band".Which is exactly what I did. Which lead me to this neat Portland group. The vocals remind me a little of Danielson and the melodies remind me a little of The Unicorns/Islandsrealm of things. If you don't know either of those bands, don't be discouraged, all you really need toknow is they sound like one of those groups that probably put on one hell of a live show.I know I throw around genre-bending terms when describing bands, but I think this band really takesthe cake (I'm not quite sure why I keep on mentioning cake in this description. Guess I'm just trying tomake it funhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFyh0xcNEEU). It's mainly due to the juxtaposition of 
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wailing vocals, borderline theatrical, but not over the top, and a pop/soul/electronic/blue-sy mix. Well,kinda like the band combination described above.The funny thing of it all? There really is very little, if any, xylophone at all.2) West Indian Girlhttp://www.myspace.com/westindiangirlFor the most part, "psychedelic" is usually a music genre I tread over lightly. Sometimes it can meanambient experimental with lots of sonic loops, and sometimes it can mean crazy people repeatingpickle over and over (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hI_0vj3tP4). However, West Indian Girl, alocal Los Angeles band, is my favorite type of psychedelic - psych pop (not to be confused with afather who is a psychologist, yet wants to be perceived as hip and cool, using the phrase "psych pop"to describe himself.)Anywho, don't let flute openings and laser beam backgrounds throw you off - underneath thefree-loving exterior are great summery melodies and floating vocals. This is a great summer closingband, and is it wrong that I imagine them playing at a nudist beach?Track Playlist:1. Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance2. Chicago - Baby Please Don't Go3. Church - Happiness4. Eels - Trouble with Dreams5. Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple6. International Pony - Solid Gold (The Lost Version)7. The Kinks - Sitting By the Riverside8. Nurses - Alone At Last9. Nurses - technicolor 10. Ozma - Accelerated Sunrise11. Polaris - Hey Sandy12. The Present - World I See13. Shel Silverstein - The Unicorn14. West Indian Girl - Blue Wave15. West Indian Girl - To Die in LA
(Bed sheet - the latest in teen-angst chic.)

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