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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
Rotoscope-esque visuals meet bouncy synthpop in the latest video from the Brooklyn duo SLV.

Sandra Lilia Velásquez (of Pistolera fame, on vocals, keyboards, guitar) and Sean Dixon (drums, bass, programming) are the force behind the SLV acronym. The Brooklyn-based duo have readied a full-length debut, This Kind, which will be available to the world soon in the coming weeks. Before you experience the full album, you can immerse yourself in the creative visuals of “Heartbreaker”, the video of which you can stream exclusively below. The distinctive animation style, crafted by Velásquez herself (she conceptualized, film, and edited the video), brings to mind the “rotoscoping” technique utilized most famously by Richard Linklater in his films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.


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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
Hear an unreleased alternate take on the Minstrel in the Gallery cut "Cold Wind to Valhalla" in lead-up to that album's special edition 40th anniversary release, featuring new mixes by modern prog maestro Steven Wilson.

In 1975, the famously flute-obsessive prog outfit Jethro Tull dropped their eighth studio LP, Minstrel in the Gallery. It would later earn the Gold status, an honor that the band has earned more than once. With it being 2015, 40 years have passed since that release, which means that the time for the requisite anniversary package has come.


For more on the contents of this rather extravagant release and an exclusive stream of a BBC Version of the tune “Cold Wind to Valhalla”, read and listen below.


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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
The worlds of indie rock and '90s basketball coalesce perfectly on a special Record Store Day 2015 release, Furious Hoops Vol. 1.

You might have heard it mentioned in Rolling Stone‘s recent “Ultimate Guide” to the 2015 installment of Record Store Day. If not, there’s no better time than now to dive into the music of Furious Hoops Vol. 1, a uniquely curated Record Store day release that brings together the worlds of independent music and ‘90s basketball. You can stream the eclectic compilation in its entirety below here at PopMatters.


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Friday, Apr 17, 2015
The long-running brotherly duo the Proclaimers display their fondness for their canine friends in the video to "You Built Me Up", from their forthcoming Let's Hear It for the Dogs LP.

You might know the Proclaimers as the brotherly duo that wrote that one song that Ted and Marshall from How I Met Your Mother are obsessed with. Late ‘80s hits notwithstanding, as of late the notable fact about Charlie and Craig Reid is that they’re still active and well on the music scene; their latest LP, Let’s Hear It for the Dogs, is being released soon. In the meantime, you can stream the video for “You Built Me Up”, a track off that record. (As the album’s title implies, there is a dog) involved. “You Built Me Up” bears all the requisite Proclaimers traits: catchiness, quirk, and an inviting geniality that has made them the feature of sing-alongs for decades now. For these traits they’ve culled a distinctive fanbase, including David Tennant, who says of the Reids, “My favorite band of all time. They write the most spectacular songs—big-hearted, uncynical passionate songs.”


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Thursday, Apr 16, 2015
Somewhat counterintuitively, modern composer Jared C. Balogh rediscovers his hip-hop roots by not rapping with his new release -- which, like most of his music, is available to download for free.

Composer/musician Jared C. Balogh has a wide variety of music for the taking available right here. The styles present can be interpreted as classical, jazz, or minimalist. However, for Music For Rhymers and Lyrical Designers, Balogh takes a brief step back to one of his first musical loves: in his own words, “old school rap/hip-hop from the early ‘80s through early ‘90s.” Two things stand out when listening to this free, miniature album: first, despite the words “Rhymers” and “Lyrical” being the title, Music For Rhymers and Lyrical Designers is instrumental; second, Balogh is far more interested in updating his past fascinations that just revisiting them. In other words, Music For Rhymers and Lyrical Designers has a great deal in common with his classical, jazz, and minimalist works.


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