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by John Bergstrom

26 Aug 2010


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are set to release their first album in 14 years, History of Modern, on September 17 in Europe, September 20 in the UK, and September 28 in North America. In the meantime, here’s the video for the first single, the very OMD-ish “If You Want It”.

by Daniel Tebo

26 Aug 2010


The video for Twin Shadow’s “Slow” is tagged NSFW yet it’s nowhere near as creepy as the legendarily misbegotten Calvin Klein commercials it gently parodies. The Alex Markman-directed clip finds Twin Shadow loverman George Lewis Jr. fidgeting uncomfortably in front of the camera while an unseen interrogator asks Lewis for peek at his big… talents. The full spectrum of those formidable talents will be on display when Twin Shadow drops Forget, their stunner of a debut album, September 28th on Chris Taylor’s (Grizzly Bear) Terrible Records.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2010


British singer-songwriter Andreya Triana has been hailed by Gilles Peterson and he recently had her on a BBC Radio One program with him. Triana’s debut Lost Where I Belong, produced by none other than Bonobo, releases 7 September on Ninja Tune Records. Here’s a new remix to whet your appetite for the album and her upcoming November North American tour (dates after the jump).

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2010


This is some seriously awesome Latin funk crossed with post-punk from Chile’s Panico. The band trekked to Scotland to record their new album Life in Franz Ferdinand’s studio. Releasing 12 October via Chemikal Underground Records, Life includes this frenzied and propulsive tune “Reverberation Mambo”. Director James Schneider shot the video in the Chilean desert as part of a larger documentary project on ghost towns. You can also pick up a free remix by Joakim over on Panico’s website.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2010


Earlier this summer K Records unveiled the innovative K Singles Zip-Pak, wherein subscribers receive new MP3 singles via e-mail each week for just $35.00 for a yearly subscription. In addition to new tunes from K artists, the series also includes “exclusive mixes, bonus songs and live documents”. In the end, subscribers wind up with hundreds of new tunes in a year that they couldn’t get anywhere else and all for a bargain price that goes straight to the artists and the label and cuts out the middleman.

Today we have the pleasure of offering PopMatters readers these two songs from Christmas that will be among the tunes mailed out to subscribers this evening. Olympia Washington’s Christmas formed out of a trip to Poland taken by Emily Beanblossom (vocals, keys) and Pat Scott-Walsh (guitar). Chatting in a bar there, they concocted their plan for a gritty, noise band with pop underpinnings. “Dog Problems” and “It’s Only an Ocean”, which features Calvin Johnson, will be appearing on a February 2011 7-inch single along with “Namiot” and a remix of “Namiot” by Johnson. If you like what you hear, check out the band at one of their upcoming dates (after the jump) and sign up for the Zip-Pack subscription.

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