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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Stream "Lost the Plot", a slice of bass-heavy, hazy pop from Amoreux' upcoming debut EP, Never Young As Tonight.

The LA-based duo of Holiday J and Nicole Turley have taken on the name Amoreux in making their romantic, hazy dream-pop. A remarkable distinctive for the duo, however, is that rather than getting caught up on the treble end of the sonic spectrum, as many dream-pop bands do, the duo emphasizes rhythm instruments, particularly Holiday J’s distinctive bass playing. “Lost the Plot”, a track from their soon-to-be-released debut EP Never Young As Tonight, balances washes of textural sound with a pronounced low end. Like the rest of the EP, the song retains a loose, improvisatory feel, due in large part to the fact that most of the tracks on the EP were recorded in one take.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Because female relationships are rarely depicted well on television, Orange Is the New Black stands out from the norm.
Above: Publicity still by Jill Greenberg © 2013


Much has already been written about the excellent female representation in Orange Is the New Black, and rightfully so. A great deal of that praise owes itself to the variety of relationships portrayed between the different kinds of women in the series. Because female relationships are rarely depicted in layered, multifaceted ways on television, Orange Is the New Black immediately stands out.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Interpol has released the first video from its forthcoming LP on Matador, El Pintor, the propulsive "All the Rage Back Home"

With their newest studio release El Pintor just on the horizon, Interpol has just dropped the first music video from the LP. The song, “All the Rage Back Home”, is a driving, foot-tapping number that’s perfect for building up anticipation leading up to El Pintor‘s public unveiling.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
The musicians of the Gloaming are awash with independent projects so a rare performance by this Irish supergroup is a decided must-see. Watch one here.

WNYC’s New Sounds series allowed me to catch the Gloaming for the first time, a band I had been following for the past nine months or so having missed their prior performance in New York with the Kronos Quartet. During that time, their debut self-titled album was released and though it may have only found a small audience so far, it earned massive applause from the primarily European outlets that picked up on it. The Gloaming has its primary roots in Ireland and consists of Iarla Ó Lionaird’s traditional sean-nós vocals and organ, Thomas Bartlett / aka Doveman on piano, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh playing the hardanger fiddle, Martin Hayes on fiddle and Dennis Cahill on guitar.


Their album is one of my favorites of 2014 and also one of ‘New Sounds’ host John Schaefer’s favorites as well. With as much music as he sees or hears, that ought to be a big deal made even more notable when he shared with the audience that he was actually on vacation that week but felt compelled to come in to introduce and chat with the band. Video of the conversation and performance is below and you should check it out—as Schaefer said, “anytime I’ve got people to sit down and listen to [this album] they’ve loved it too.” If you don’t have a chance to stream it now, I’ll share some highlights. Pay close attention to Ó Raghallaigh’s impressive Norwegian hardanger fiddle as the custom designed piece has numerous sympathetic strings, some made of gut, that is a challenge to play and even to tune (Hayes and his violin are the center-point for a reason though). The hardanger isn’t an instrument I was familiar with before.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Public radio, abandoned houses, and the search for mystery in video games.

As an insufferable coastal faux-intellectual, I am pretty much obligated to listen to This American Life.  Each week, the show picks a theme (such as “A Call for Help” or “I Was So High”) and presents a few stories on the theme.  It’s nice nice way to learn a few things about politics, science, and culture while also wrapping my voyeurism in the guise of journalism.  It’s a good way to hear dramatic or embarrassing stories without feeling like I’m prying.  I recently caught an old episode that helped me realize that my interest in certain types of video games stems from the same place.


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