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by Jennifer Cooke

8 Dec 2009

Taking Back Sunday make music for the mall-going masses and as such, they take their critical lumps. They’re not indie, they’re not obscure, they have a camera-ready lead singer and take up lots of rack space at Hot Topic. Anathema to lots of us PopMatters readers.

But don’t hate them because they’re beautiful. They also made one of the catchiest songs of 2009, the year that marked their tenth anniversary of slogging it out in tour vans and playing their hearts out all over the country and beyond. Give these guys a chance, and the infectious guitars and irresistible handclaps of “Sink Into Me” just might hook you in.

by Oliver Ho

8 Dec 2009

Using nothing but background sounds from the original Night of the Living Dead, 400 Lonely Things made one of the most atmospheric and engrossing albums of the year with Tonight of the Living Dead. Here’s the first video from the project, for “Tonight”:

by Marisa LaScala

7 Dec 2009

Bishop Allen

Bishop Allen has perfected the art of crafting pop music that’s devoid of everything people hate about pop music. The hooks are catchy without being cloying. The music is simple without seeming insignificant or full of fluff and filler. The lyrics are witty and occasionally engage in wordplay, but the songs are not smug or too brainy. The songs are bright and sparkly without being just plain annoying. The wagon-train feel of “Oklahoma”, like a westward expedition, moves everyone along at a sprightly pace. When it finally builds to its chorus’ chanting of “oh oh oh”, you’re fully immersed in the journey, and it’s hard to stop yourself from singing along. Marisa LaScala

by Ross Langager

7 Dec 2009

“Strawberry Swing”

Always distinguished by the relative quality of their shameless borrowings, Coldplay stole a march from Abbey Road for their fourth -– and best –- album, and adapted the spirit of “Here Comes the Sun” into this pristinely nostalgic ditty. Jonny Buckland’s guitar lead melds seamlessly into the subtle percussion and rhythmic backing strings as Chris Martin muses on endless summers lost. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the music video mixes amazing visual innovation with sheer silliness (Superhero Martin matches wits with a giant squirrel), but even without the attendant eye-candy, this song positively glows. Ross Langager

by Sachyn Mital

4 Dec 2009

Just Tuesday, I received a brief email from the website with a simple block of text, indicating the website,

Over the last couple of days, and for the next two presumably, each letter in Jón þor (Jónsi) Birgisson’s name has come alive. Simply clicking on a character produces some delicately drawn earthly designs that link thematically to a snippet of music.

The J becomes entangled in leafy vines, O fits inside a contorted tree branch with an raven fluttering in at the end, and N has growing stalks which lead into a final burst of small colored leaves.

I dont wan’t to spoil the surprise of hearing the music, so you should see the animations and judge yourself. So from here, go forth and listen and bookmark it for the next two letters. 

Otherwise [spoiler alert], I must say N is a surprisingly wonderful celebration that I am eagerly waiting to hear the entirety of.

//Mixed media

Indie Horror Month 2015: 'Dark Echo'

// Moving Pixels

"Dark Echo drops you into a pitch back maze and then renders your core tools of navigation into something quite life threatening.

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