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Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
As this obscure Warner Archive reissue proves, sometimes a film falls to obscurity for a reason.

One useful aspect of on-demand and streaming titles from Warner Archive is the chance to see obscurities that sound halfway interesting, as well as to confirm that, in some cases, obscurity is merited.


Shot in Italy with a mostly Italian cast and crew (and obvious dubbing in certain scenes), Panic Button  offers several points of half-interest. Top-billed Maurice Chevalier spends the whole movie winking and shrugging and mugging as though paid by the tic, twice bursting into jaunty if unmemorable songs by George Garvarentz. It will also appeal to fans of Jayne Mansfield, who has a reasonable role showing off her assets, although this film is shot in a flat, unflattering black and white that devalues what should have been all its pleasing vistas.


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Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
For rock 'n' roll with a dash of country twang, No Dry Country's "The Night Before" will hit the spot just right.

The Lubbock, Texas four-piece No Dry Country (often stylized as NDC) may hail from the State Where Everything Is Bigger, but their kind of rock music comes from all different corners of influence. On “The Night Before”, the title cut from their latest full-length LP, the sound is quite similar to the Midwest rock ‘n’ roll of bands like the Elms. Apropos of No Dry Country’s home state, there’s also an appropriate inflection of country twang in this driving tune.


The video for “The Night Before”, which you can stream exclusively below, captures these guys playing the song in-studio. As they tell it, this track and The Night Before LP itself mark some of their finest work in years.


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Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
North Carolina singer/songwriter Chris Stamey got a chance to play around with unreleased Ryan Adams track. The result is the straightforward alt-rock of "Universe-sized Arms".

As the opening track on Chris Stamey’s latest studio outing, Euphoria, “Universe-sized Arms” is a clear statement of intent for the rest of the record. The album ties into Stamey’s long legacy as a musician for many reasons, not the least of which is the guitar he plays on the songs: “I found these songs inside the same dilapidated old Silvertone lipstick guitar that I’d written my first records on. Maybe that’s why it sounds a bit like those records in some ways.” Dilapidated or not, there’s definitely verve in Euphoria, and in particular “Universe-sized Arms”, an unreleased Ryan Adams track given to Stamey by the man himself.


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Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
With a late '60s/early '70s bluesy rock 'n' roll style that brings Creedence Clearwater Revival to mind, "Brown Dog Blues" is a cool throwback tune.

The San Diego-based Triumph of the Wild, a roots rock duo consisting of Christy Barrett and Ryan Schilling, created their sophomore LP, We Come With the Dust, after a five month trip that stopped off in locations such as Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Tennessee. The influence of these states shows itself clearly on the album; drawing from both Americana and classic rock influences (the press release for the LP cites Woody Guthrie and Janis Joplin), Barrett and Schilling create a brand of rock ‘n’ roll that’s warmly familiar, but not so beholden to the fast that it feels like a mere act of copy and paste.


Below you can stream one fine example from We Come With the Dust, the ragged, bluesy number “Brown Dog Blues”.


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Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
Episode 10 of Pop Unmuted looks at legendary pop producer/songwriter Max Martin, his 30 year career, and his latest hit with Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do."

Pop Unmuted is a podcast dedicated to in-depth discussion of pop music from varying critical and academic perspectives. On Episode 10, Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by Melbourne, Australia-based pop podcaster Daniel Gregg and Music Theory PhD candidate Megan Lavengood to talk about legendary pop producer and songwriter Max Martin. We then delve deeper into his most recent hit, Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do”, and close with a special Max Martin themed Unmuted Pop Songs segment.


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