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by Stephen Rowland

14 Oct 2010


The Soft Boys’ classic Underwater Moonlight is getting another reissue treatment on 19 October, this time in original form. Unlike Matador’s reissue to celebrate the band’s reunion in 2001, this reissue will be released as it was originally on Armageddon records: 10 tracks. It will be available on CD and 180 gram vinyl, and the bonus tracks that took up about most of Rykodisc’s and Matador’s reissues will be available as digital downloads upon purchase.

Also being reissued on CD, and for the first time on vinyl, is the Soft Boys’ debut, A Can of Bees, for those interested in the earliest recordings of the band.

The Soft Boys originally formed in 1976 and only lasted a few years. However, their sound, ranging from early punk rock to jangle pop to psychedlia, was highly influential to the Replacements, R.E.M., and the Los Angeles Paisley Underground movement of the early 1980s. Frontman Robyn Hitchcock is now playing with the Venus 3 and their most recent record, Goodnight, Oslo is also available through Yep Roc (a small label whose claim to fame is perpetuating modern releases from classic acts like Nick Lowe, Paul Weller, and Steve Wynn, to name a few).

by Alan Ranta

14 Oct 2010


Well, I’m going to have trouble sleeping tonight, all to this creepy video. Alpha Pup was on to something with this one, as the visuals from Tetsuo the Iron Man aptly suit an instrumental off Take’s magnificent sophomore record Only Mountain.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Oct 2010


Brooklyn’s Victoire have high musical ambitions, defining themselves as a chamber rock quintet, an obvious nod to the complexity and richness of classical music. They live up to the moniker, merging electro glitch, pop, haunting vocals, and classical violin and clarinet amongst a plethora of instruments into a unified whole. Earlier this week PopMatters’ Maria Scurr said of Victoire’s new release Cathedral City, “[this] is a sturdily crafted work. While it is easy to meet an album full of dense instrumentation with indifference, Cathedral City is just as much an exhilarating excursion as it is a welcome release from the speed of life.”

by Alan Ranta

13 Oct 2010


As your attorney, I advise you to watch this video on the biggest screen you can find. However, no narcotics are necessary to enjoy the insane animation talents of Anthony Francisco Schepperd, as his post-apocalyptic triptych transcends the title instrumental lifted from Blockhead’s mature Ninja Tune release The Music Scene to bring all who view it to another realm of musical and artistic experience. Seriously.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

12 Oct 2010


This cartoon band created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewitt in 2001 is embarking on a tour with performers in front of a screen showing the cast of characters—last tour it had them playing behind it to keep the guise going. The David Letterman Show hosted the group on the eve of its gig at Madison Square Garden for the “Live on Letterman” series Friday, October 8th as a lucky audience witnessed one incredible dress rehearsal. The camera goes back and form from cartoons (loved the children’s choir) to musicians while they dug into the playlist. The first song, “Kids with Guns” off of Demon Days got the funky groove going before the band lashed into newer tunes off of the new CD Plastic Beach. Some weird feedback had Albarn apologizing but who could complain? By the time the hits were rolled out for the closing, “Feel Good Inc.” and “Clint Eastwood” almost half the audience was on stage—since it was practically on crowd level things were just too tempting not to start a dance party. The non-dancers stayed in their seats hardly moving, making for an interesting juxtaposition indeed.

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