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Monday, Apr 20, 2015
Adam Schatz (of Landlady and Father Figures fame) takes on a tune by experimental saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson in this mind-warping remix.

In the press materials for Jonah Parzen-Johnson’s forthcoming full-length, Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow, the baritone saxophonist’s music is described as “lo-fi experimental folk music for solo baritone saxophone and analog synthesizer.” If that description makes anything clear, it’s that Parzen-Johnson doesn’t care much for musical labels, preferring instead to carve out unique sonic spaces that can only be described in oddball terms like the aforementioned genre word salad. Case in point: a new remix of his tune “If You Can’t Sleep, Just Shut Your Eyes”, made by Landlady and Father Figures band member Adam Schatz. Like Parzen-Johnson, Schatz has an acute ear for how to warp sounds; on this remix, he completely defamiliarizes the sound of the instruments, to the point that it’s difficult to say which sounds are coming from where when it’s all said and done. Such sonic experimentation is what makes composers like these two gentlemen exciting as musicians. There’s good reason to keep your ears ready for the June release of Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow.


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Monday, Apr 20, 2015
Bluesy beer hall rock meets a sunny California vibe in the latest video by Los Angeles' own Ivory Deville, "White Lights".

Earlier this year, when PopMatters premiered Ivory Deville’s music video for “Dance Hall”, I wrote, “[The band] may call Los Angeles its home, but by the sound of “Dance Hall”... they’d fit in just as well in a Southern honky-tonk.” The same holds true for their latest music video for the tune “White Lights”, which finds blues and beer-soaked guitar riffs and solos merging with a California vibe that makes this group undoubtedly distinctive in their native ity of Angels.


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Saturday, Apr 18, 2015
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In anticipation of the 2015 issue of Record Store Day, check out these four videos, featuring performances by Django Django, the Hinds, and the Take, as well as artist interviews about the magic of vinyl.

For music fans, mid-April each year features a weekend that becomes the go-to event for exclusive vinyl releases that keep crowds flooding into record shops across the globe. This event is Record Store Day, and as you ready yourself to brave the 180 gram-obsessed crowds, you can watch some performances and interviews related to this increasingly ubiquitous musical affair.


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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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