Marty Willson-Piper might not be participating in the forthcoming album by the Church, but he’s got things to keep him in busy in the meantime. For one thing, his incessant record collected has culminated in the In Deep Music Archive. Here you’ll find Willson-Piper’s thoughts and reflections on the many, many recordings he’s acquired over the years, playlists of featured songs, and free stuff. Yes, he’s decided to give away ten of his albums for free from the website’s shop. There are a few things you have to legitimately pay for, like the new MOAT collaboration with Niko Röhlcke, some releases by Tiare Helberg and some guitar lessons over Skype. The remaining ten don’t have to be downloaded for free, though. You can leave Willson-Piper a donation if you like. Because, hey, all that vinyl can’t buy itself.
The de-evolution of Western culture could be hinged entirely on the music video. One of the first easily digestible multimedia facets, the ambition for music videos in the early days was comparable to a short film. An entire idea could be expressed within three visual minutes. High ideals were quickly abandoned for flash, in your face dramatics and lip-synced sentiment.
On 18 March, punkabilly pioneer Dex Romweber releases his eponymous duo’s latest album, Images 13 (Bloodshot). Of Romweber, Jack White has described the former Flat Duo Jets mainstay as an influence and “one of the best kept secrets of the rock ‘n’ roll underground.” And you can hear that kinship between Romweber and White, not to mention the Black Keys and in-their-prime Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, on Images 13‘s first single, “Roll On”. Premiering here on PopMatters, Dex Romweber Duo’s “Roll On” is gritty and raw, only meticulously so, riding on surf-tinged blues riffs and the frontman’s dramatic, growling vocals.
This Valentine’s Day get off the Craigslist personal ads, take that focus of your heart’s affections by the hand and play your loved one this innocent ballad about the sweeter aspects of romance. The unsigned My Plastic Sun has written a darling little tune to accompany your initial fumblings. Complete with an endearing animated narrative, “Couldn’t Love You More” proves love is blind.