Like Bob Dylan and the Band at Big Pink, Los Angeles band Moonsville Collective combine American traditional music, modern musical influences, and undeniable chemistry to create rustic Americana that’s made to be heard in person, where the beer is flowing and the energy is palpable. Their new album heavy Howl is set to be released 30 October on Rock Ridge Music, and in the meantime you can see the great new video for the track “Blue Money Grove”.
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Steve Horowitz: How many white male athletes does it take to make a Panic! At the Disco video? Don’t forget to carry the light-skinned grey lady. Give up? That’s because the band is victorious. Pour the champagne over our bods and celebrate. Now I never expected profundity from this band, and though in the past I swore they seemed more ambitious than this. Still, we all need music to party and make merry with. If that’s all you need, it’s here. Woo hoo! [6/10]
London-based singer-songwriter Tara Priya has been steadily making a name for herself with her brand of R&B-infused pop, and recently released her new EP Friends Like These. The American’s latest single, the sassy “Who That” blends a graceful funk beat, strings, classic ‘60s soul, and a wickedly catchy whistling hook and draws the listener in immediately. It’s a pop gem, and you can listen to the new radio mix—a punchier, more insistent version of what you hear on the EP—below.
The thing that struck me most about reading the first issue of Titan Comics’s Assassin’s Creed was its focus on an element of the video game series that has faded in its interest for me over the years. This issue spends much of its time, not in the past, but in the present with a character who will be experiencing the simulated memories of an Assassin.
I was fairly intrigued by the first Assassin’s Creed game’s decision to frame the experience of playing an assassin during the time of the Crusades with a conceit that allowed the game to justify some of the more game-like qualities of a somewhat historical simulation. While most of the player’s time with the game is spent in the guise of Altair, the game’s titular assassin, the game also featured brief narrative vignettes that concerned a character named Desmond Miles. In the present, Desmond was actually hooked to a machine called the Animus that allowed him to “play” his ancestor’s past (his ancestor being Altair) through the simulation of that period created by the machine. You know, like he was playing a video game.
Dustin Ragucos: Aside from being great music to set up a trailer for a new Grand Theft Auto game, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” will allow one to remember Kanye West’s great “Good Life” and then almost immediately forget about its existence. The vocals and electronics are so attached to each other that stripping one of those factors will rip the life force from the track. The song gets dirty, but listeners will feel their grimy lives cleansed by the Persuasions samples. [9/10]