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by Andy Johnson

10 Oct 2011


Whenever I’ve had the chance I’ve enthused about Swedish songstress Gabi Frödén and hoped for a full-length album from her Foreign Slippers project. In April, that finally became a self-released reality with the arrival of Farewell to the Old Ghosts, her beautifully haunted folk-pop début. Although the LP partly comprises re-recorded versions of songs originally released on last year’s free It All Starts Now EP,  Frödén’s newer tunes are every bit as impressive. To celebrate its status as the title track of another new EP, the darkly soulful “Avalanche” has been given the video treatment courtesy of director Harry Amies.

Mixing augmented footage of Frödén with an unsettling story told through the time-honoured medium of puppetry, the film serves as a mystical new introduction to this under-appreciated London-based talent and is hopefully the signal of bigger things to come.

by Jessy Krupa

7 Oct 2011


Not only as a member of one of the most well-loved bands in music history, but also as a solo artist, John Lennon managed to release a lot of great of music during his tragically short career. Though we instantly identify him with such hits as “Help!”, “I Am the Walrus”, “Imagine”, “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)”, and more, let’s look at seven of his lesser-known songs. Despite their lack of fame, these songs give us a window into the world of a truly talented man, who would have turned 71 years old this Sunday.

by Steve Jansen

7 Oct 2011


For new single, “Border Crossing”, DJ Shadow has turned in a synapse-frying mixture of agit-prop video art and ‘80s VCR nostalgia, with a healthy dose of Tea Party baiting stirred in for good measure. All cut to a borderline thrash metal & beats soundtrack; the latter brew not as dubious as some critics have been making out of late when reviewing new album The Less You Know, The Better. Granted, the track is hardly bleeding edge; but played out in clubs “Border Crossing” will, well, rock.

by Cynthia Fuchs

7 Oct 2011


“Fishbone could be a band that doesn’t use profanity, goes and does the festival circuit, plays the oldies and rakes in a ton of dough,” observes Norwood Fisher. “But we chose to try to forge new ground, go into uncharted territory on some levels. We are where we are because the path that we walk.” “Where we are” is complicated, like everything about Fishbone. Appropriately, Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler’s documentary, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone—opening at New York’s ReRun Theater on 7 October—offers a few versions of that story, told by band members as well as their colleagues and relatives.

by PopMatters Staff

6 Oct 2011


Minneapolis’ Sleeping in the Aviary recently released their fourth album, You and Me, Ghost and are currently out on a U.S. tour, while today they are premiering two brand new videos directed by Christopher Heubach with PopMatters. The band has been mining the classic sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s and painting a contemporary sheen on them since day one. They began with the poppy-punk of Oh, This Old Thing? (2007), began exploring indie-folk on Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel (2008), and expanded into a bit of soul on Great Vacation (2010). This time around they add some doo-wop flourishes to their pop. Is this the year for the doo-wop comeback or what? Despite the wide-ranging musical curiosity and joyful adaptation of classic musical forms, Sleeping in the Aviary remains at their heart, a pop band, offering up instantly catchy and memorable tunes.

Check out the new videos below, as well as a few MP3s and the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Now we’re going to let the band’s frontman, Elliot Kozel, tell you a bit about these two new tunes from You and Me, Ghost...

“‘Talking Out of Turn’ was shot in our old practice space. Little trivia factoid. The song was written for a friend of mine the night before we started recording his album. I was trying to write him a song that sounds like Weezer. He ended up having enough of his own songs for that album so I got use it for ours. Its about a girl who I had a huge crush on that works at a grocery store and trying to get her to talk to me because she was very shy. ‘So Lonely’, Kyle Sobczak wrote in the park one day. Once or twice a week when the weather is nice me and most of the band go to the park and force each other to write a song in less than an hour. This is one of those songs. The demo version is drugged out and twice as slow. The girl sitting next to kyle on the beach is his girlfriend from ‘Karen You’re an Angel’ fame.”

 

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