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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
In a better world, "The Way Love Used to Be" would rank alongside "You Really Got Me", "Waterloo Sunset", and "Lola" as one of the Kinks' crowning achievements.

Actually, it does reside in that rarefied space—just not according to your average listicle on the subject or the band’s “greatest hits”. “The Way Love Used to Be” is a ghost classic mainly due to its undistinguished release history, appearing first on the soundtrack to Percy, a 1971 British comedy about “the world’s first penis transplant”, and then two years later on The Great Lost Kinks Album, an odds-and-ends collection that was discontinued in 1975 after Ray Davies initiated legal measures against Reprise Records.


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The London-based electronic music wizard Kevin Martin has dropped two new songs from his forthcoming album as The Bug, Angels & Devils.

Eight years ago on PopMatters, Timothy Gabriele said of the Bug‘s highly-acclaimed LP, London Zoo, “London Zoo is the anti-hesitance, a bug planted in the black box of a sinking world, a communicable antibiotic for those blinded by the darkness.” As successful a feat as London Zoo is, however, the Bug‘s Kevin Martin clearly still had work to do.


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Justin Townes Earle has released a new song from his forthcoming studio LP, Single Mothers, the melancholy "White Gardenias."

In June, singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle announced his newest studio effort, Single Mothers. The record marks Earle’s fifth foray into the studio as a solo artist.


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Britain's alt-J has premiered the new video "Hunger of the Pine" today.

It’s a mesmerizing tune, full of rich textures that will swallow you whole. The group’s new album, This Is All Yours, releases 22 September in the US via via Canvasback / Infectious Music.



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You can download the latest tune by St. Louis retro-rockers the Feed, "Stella", here on PopMatters.

“Stella”, a track off of the forthcoming album by the St. Louis retro rockers the Feed, opens with the sound of a dog barking. It’s a fitting way to tease the tune that’s to come; though indebted in large part to the great classic rock bands of yore, the group brings its own unique energy to this solid cut. Particularly noticeable is its wonderful use of electric organ; in the verses, the chords are pumped with a staccato pop zeal, and as the song comes to its conclusion there is a break section where the organ comes to the forefront. This is the kind of songwriting that makes the phrase “rock and roll ain’t noise pollution” true still today.


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