Nashville singer-songwriter and noted film composer Keegan DeWitt spent this past summer on the road in support of his Nothing Shows EP (which received an enthusiastic review from PopMatters). Inspired by the driving energy of his live shows, he hit the studio, recording a new single, “Two Hearts”, set to release December 14 as a limited edition 7” single. “Two Hearts” is a fine example of bouncy, ebullient pop, featuring a catchy chorus and a feeling of tenderness often lacking in dance-inflected music of this kind. The single is backed by “Reluctance”, which features vocals from Isaaca Byrd of the Bridges. Hear an exclusive stream of “Two Hearts” below (and be sure to pony up for the vinyl if you like it!)
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In advance of their new album, Valhalla Dancehall—out January 11 on Rough Trade—British Sea Power will release a new single, “Living Is So Easy”, available exclusively through iTunes November 30. The single is (according to the group) their “most electronic song to date… a mixture of Serge Gainsbourg and Ralf and Florian era Kraftwerk with a sprinking of Stock, Aitken, and Waterman”. Find out for yourself through the free stream below.
A video director known only as Weirdcore assembled this new video for the much-talked about GAMES, a duo comprised of Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and Joel Ford of Tigercity. Apparently culled entirely from Youtube footage, the video looks like it took the most surreal of corporate training videos and made them even more bizarre, a perfect accompaniment to the song’s more Patrick Bateman qualities (i.e. the sample of adult contemporary schlock from the ‘80s).
Last week marked not only Veteran’s Day but also the 235th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. In light of that, let’s take a look at some great “war movies”, some of which you might have never heard of before.
The Great Escape: based on real events, it features an all-star cast as officers who inventively bust out of a German POW camp for officers. The real message of the movie is about friendship, however, as the various men involved risk life and limb to help one another. Though the movie has many light-hearted moments, it is also quite a tear-jerker.
British postpunk ensemble Wire announced today its first string of North American tour dates (check the stops below). The tour will be in support of the band’s new album Red Bark Tree. The LP will be released on 11 January 2011 on the band’s own label, Pink Flag. Wire’s core lineup—Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey—recorded the new LP without any guests. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.
April 01: Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
April 02: Montreal, QC - Le Cabaret du Mile End
April 03: Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
April 05: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg,
April 06: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
April 07: Washington DC - Black Cat
April 08: Austin, TX - Mohawk
April 09: Chicago, IL - Metro
April 12: Portland, OR - Dante’s