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Friday, Nov 14, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The Vaselines offer up a new Jim Lang-directed video for "Crazy Lady" wherein the bandmates portray spies in a retro B-movie.




Meanwhile, the band is touring heavily throughout November and January.


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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
Rustic songwriter Ben Stalets serves up Appalachian-tinged folk on his newest track, "Lost".

Toledo, Ohio’s Ben Stalets has a time out of mind quality about him, of sidestepping from contemporary musical trends. Rough and rustic, his new single “Lost” is built around a soft chugging rhythm and gritty harmonies. A bit of ragtime piano flares up unexpectedly, setting up the light ivory twinkling and an antique fiddle that winds its way through the dense backdrop. Thick with an Appalachian folksiness, it has that aura of soaking under a grey rain. Despite the autumnal feel, “Lost” still laced with a whimsical perspective. 


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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
New York guitarist Ben Seretan offers up bonus drone from his new new self-titled album, a track that captures "the swirling pool of humanity you hear now".

A whirring, 16-minute drone, “The Windmill Sings” is a bonus track from the new, self-titled album from New York-based guitarist and songwriter Ben Seretan. It was recorded while Seretan was in residence at Flux Factory, a communal arts space in Queens where he lived and rehearsed in early 2014.


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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
The video for Casey Jack's "Too Far Gone" tells the tale of a love gone bad, with a healthy dose of post-Halloween spookiness thrown into the mix.

In August, PopMatters premiered the eponymous debut album by the Springfield, Missouri-based Casey Jack. Now, one of the Casey Jack cuts, “Too Far Gone”, has a spooky video to enhance the song’s musings on a love gone south. Alternating between color and black and white forms a tense contrast as Casey Jack unfolds his tale.


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Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014
A guitar-chugging good time, the latest tune by Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, "Let's Jump a Train", is a rollicking blend of vintage and contemporary blues and country influences.

With the bluesy dexterity of Leadbelly and the driving rhythm of a punk guitarist, Rev. Petyon, known to most as “The Rev.”, is an unmistakable voice in contemporary American roots music. The Rev. draws on fingerpicking traditions from the ‘20s and ‘30s in his guitar technique, as well as the legacy of the great American slide guitar players. The Rev. is a virtuoso in the true sense of the word in that he not only knows how to fire off scorching leads; he can (often simultaneously) lay down a wicked rhythm and dive into solos that require the most nimble of fingers. Joined by Breezy Peyton (washboard and supporting vocals) and Ben Bussell (drums and supporting vocals), The Rev. is readying for the 2015 release of his fifth studio venture, So Delicious. Below you can stream “Let’s Jump a Train”, a chugging number that displays The Rev and his Big Damn Band’s rhythmic intensity.


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