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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
As a tie-in to the recent release of the 40th anniversary edition of Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin have released an "interactive video" for "Brandy and Coke", the initial rough mix of the classic "Trampled Under Foot".

In my 8 out of 10 PopMatters review of the deluxe reissue of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, I wrote, “Released 40 years to the day since its initial release [24 February], this deluxe edition confirms what critics have long said about this… ‘summative’ recording: this is an album that gives a lot, and then keeps on giving.” As it turns out, this principle not only applies to the revered double album itself, but also to the video media that accompanies it. Led Zeppelin have now released a swanky “interactive” video for one of the deluxe edition’s bonus tracks, the “initial rough mix” of “Trampled Under Foot” entitled “Brandy and Coke”. As you watch the video, you can click through the many windows of the iconic building that makes up the record’s sleeve art.


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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
Teresita Fernández, a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, recently finished a solo exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

There is an innate duality to being human; It is the basis of Freud’s id and ego, Plato’s being and form, and Aquinas’s body and soul. All of these dichotomies fit under of a large umbrella of the sacred and the base. The best works in Teresita Fernández’s As Above So Below, recently on display at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), evokes this sense. The artist displays haunting landscapes which turn into evocative metaphors of the human condition. The exhibition includes three separate installations, whose works do not engage on the same visceral level as the paintings.


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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
Angelic vocal harmonies and a wintry mood make the Staves' "Make It Holy" a stunner of a live track.

Recorded in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio (where he recorded his highly acclaimed second Bon Iver LP), English trio the Staves’ new album, If I Was, is layered with intoxicating vocal harmonies. The influence of Vernon, who produced the record, is more than obvious, especially considering that the Staves have opened for Bon Iver in the past. However, the trio—comprised of sisters Emily (vocals), Jessica (vocals, guitar), and Camilla (vocals, ukulele) Staveley-Taylor—took Vernon’s famed Wisconsin space and made it their own, creating an album of beautiful, contemplative reflection.


Recently, the Staves took to the stage of London’s Wilton’s Music Hall with Vernon, playing through If I Was in its entirety as a lead-in to its stateside release. Below you can watch the trio and Vernon perform the captivating “Make It Holy”.


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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
"Rayc Fire 2" is a big beat banger off Squarepusher's upcoming release Damogen Furies, which is the electronic musician's first album since 2012's Ufabulum.

Judging from this track, the new record should be a great one, keeping pace with Squarepusher’s track record of excellent albums.




Damogen Furies releases April 21st via Warp Records.


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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
John Moreland just cannot write a happy song. That's not a critic's assessment: he says so himself.

John Moreland has a cult following, as he should. I was late to the party, but first got to know him through the 2013 online music festival Couch By Couchwest. Country Fried Rock finally featured him in early 2014, as he was planning his next album, High on Tulsa Heat, now being released this spring via Thirty Tigers.


His previous record, In the Throes, is one of the most gut-wrenching records we have featured, and Moreland’s live performances wring more emotion from a voice and guitar than seems humanly possible. Go ahead and pre-order the album now, and maybe a box of Kleenex. As Moreland says, “I just can’t write happy songs.”


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