While Brits have Massive Attack, Americans have Thievery Corporation. In 1996 Thievery Corporation released “Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi”, their debut album, and with it they defined an entire genre of music and crystallized their distinct “outernational sound” aesthetic. Thievery Corporation was formed in the summer of 1995 at Washington D.C.’s Eighteenth Street Lounge by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton. Over the next 14 years the duo would write and record four more critically acclaimed studio albums (“The Mirror Conspiracy” – 2000, “The Richest Man in Babylon” – 2002, “The Cosmic Game” – 2005, and “Radio Retaliation” – 2008), three remix albums (“Abductions and Reconstructions” – 1999, “Babylon Rewound” – 2004, and “Versions” – 2006), and various DJ mixes and film soundtracks (“The Outernational Sound” – 2004, and the recent Babylon Central Film Soundtrack). On the album “The Cosmic Game” featured high-profile guest singers including Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, David Byrne, and Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.
In 2006, the band also recorded “Sol Tapado” for the AIDS benefit album Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin Redux produced by the Red Hot Organization. In 2006 they toured around the United States, playing at Lollapalooza and they were the opening act on August 1, 2009 for Sir Paul McCartney at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
Thievery Corporation has taken progressive political stances on various issues, opposing war and exploitative trade agreements, while supporting human rights and food programs.
Tracks such as “Amerimacka” and “Revolution Solution” from their album The Cosmic Game and Richest Man in Babylon from the album of the same title reveal the group’s opposition to the positions and initiatives of former president George W. Bush’s administration. In September 2005, the group participated in the Operation Ceasefire concert, with the objective of ending the Iraq War.
Also, Thievery Corporation are vocal advocates for the World Food Programme.
You can download the “Culture Of Fear” Single FOR FREE from their web page plus, can enter the contest to win a pair of VIP tickets plus airfare and hotel to see the band live at Red Rocks in Colorado on August 14th, 2011.
With 13 tracks, “Culture of Fear” is another beautiful, smooth, but gloomy, still colorful and glowing release of Thievery Corporation, perhaps one of the most beautiful and one of the deepest album by the duo up to date with all the spices and perfumes which makes so breathing and exciting their music.
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