Grouper has cut few singles and splits since her 2008 masterpiece Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill (one of this author’s top ten releases of the 2000s), but anticipation is high for her double album release A I A. Now Grouper’s Liz Harris has released a video for “Alien Observation” directed by Hamish Parkinson filled with plenty of heavy water and a romance that seems to be driven towards the grave. The song is muted and taciturn—a simple hazy melody carries the whole tune- while Harris’s signature mystical coos embed the proceedings with a rich fullness.
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Linda McCartney was the great muse of rock ‘n’ roll. Jack Lawrence wrote the 1947 hit “Linda” after her when she was just an infant. Practically every love song Paul McCartney wrote from 1967 to 1998 (and probably even more afterwards) was about her. She was often right there beside him, adding instrumentation, vocalizing, and co-writing along with him, but she’s hardly mentioned for her own talents. As we mark the 12th anniversary of her untimely death, let’s take a look at some of the best of her music.
“Silly Love Songs” just wouldn’t be the same without Linda’s mid-song refrain.
TV schedules were packed with holiday specials as newsworthy events happened behind-the-scenes.
Months after NBC canceled The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien O’Brien returned to late night television with his new TBS show, Conan.
Shaking Through, a collaboration between WXPN and Philadelphia-based non-profit Weathervane Music, just released the latest edition to their ongoing experiment toward cutting through the noise in post-music industry world, “Borrowed Heart” by Hezekiah Jones. Hezekiah Jones is an ever-changing cast of musicians threading glistening strings and banging percussion through songs written by Philly neo-folk anchor Raphael Cutrufello. “Borrowed Heart” is the ensemble’s latest tune and may be included on an upcoming album. As usual, the Shaking Through session entails both a single produced by Brian McTear at his Miner Street studio and an accompanying mini documentary video.
The song can be downloaded at www.shakingthrough.com/HezekiahJones.
In addition to common PR moves, Denmark’s the Raveonettes have chosen to promote their lastest record, Raven in the Grave, by releasing a series of short films. The Raveonettes—Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner—are at present on tour in the United States.