Latest Blog Posts

by Jane Jansen Seymour

21 Jul 2011


Recently, two songs from Portugal. The Man. caught my ear but I was soon to learn that the online radio play was due to the availability of select advance copies.  With “So American” and “Got It All” already new favorites, it was great to experience the entire release, In the Mountain In the Cloud, as part of the Album Preview series on KCRW.  The day the album dropped (July 19th), the band showed up for a live session on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.  It’s always interesting to witness a band playing live, and Portugal. The Man’s collective energy surges from the radio station’s studio.  In the interview, singer John Gourley talks about his upbringing in Alaska and how he still writes best in his bedroom back there, surrounded by family and a way of life found nowhere else.  A video for “Sleep Forever” was created in Gourley’s back yard with family dogs ready for their close up and scenes of untouched beauty.  The band is based in Portland now but this take on psych rock sounds completely homegrown for their sixth collection of songs.

Pick up a copy of In the Mountain in the Cloud at Amazon or stream it below.

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jul 2011


Keith Top is the poster boy for spontaneity. Touring with Art Brut back in 2006, the headlining band lost their support group and Keith stepped in immediately to fill the slot. Then he formed a band with a few of the Art Brut boys, performing just a few songs with no rehearsal. That “no rehearsal” aesthetic continues with Keith Top of the Pops and His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band and extends to a “no soundchecks” rule as well, aiming for an immediacy and rawness in expression. Keith pens the bands tunes and thrusts them upon his musical mates to play straightaway without advance prep, capturing something of the essence of the early punk movement. In August, the band will release their debut album, cheekily titled F*ck You! I’m Keith Top of the Pops, and today we premiere the equally brashly titled, “Two of the Beatles Are Dead”. The album releases via Corporate Records UK, a “pay-what-you-like” label founded by Keith Top and the Indelicates. According to the label, “anyone can post their music to the site and all proceeds go towards the artist.”

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jul 2011


Girls
Father, Son, Holy Ghost
(True Panther Sounds)
US Release: 13 September

Buzz indie pop band Girls have a new album on tap, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, scheduled to drop on 13 September. The album was recorded in a basement studio in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Meanwhile, Christopher Owens says of this new tune, “I wrote ‘Vomit’ before Girls was even a band or an idea, this is one of the first songs I ever wrote along with ‘Substance’ and ‘Headache’ what you’re hearing in ‘Vomit’ is someone who is at life’s lowest, seeing the light, and becoming a songwriter.”

SONG LIST
01 Honey Bunny
02 Alex
03 Die
04 Saying I Love You
05 My Ma
06 Vomit
07 Just a Song
08 Magic
09 Forgiveness
10 Love Like a River
11 Jamie Marie

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jul 2011


POPMATTERS SPONSOR—This year’s Honda Civic Tour features headliners My Chemical Romance and blink-182 with appearances at various dates from indie faves Matt & Kim and Manchester Orchestra, as well as punk heroes Rancid and Against Me! The tour covers much of the US and Canada during August through October, culminating in a huge blow-out gig October 8th in LA at the Hollywood Bowl and the final performance at the end of October at New Orleans’ VOODOO Music Experience 2011. We’ve got the dates below and you can snag tickets online at civictour.honda.com.

 

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jul 2011


Fruit Bats
Tripper
(Sub Pop)
Releasing: 2 August 2011

Eric D. Johnson conceived of the fifth Fruit Bats album as less of a group effort and more of a solitary approach, even though he brought a full live band into the LA recording sessions produced by Thom Monahan, who has worked extensively with Vetiver. Sub Pop describes the new record as “a bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself, is a reinvention itself”.

01 Tony the Tripper
02 So Long
03 Tangie and Ray
04 Shivering Fawn
05 You’re Too Weird
06 Heart Like an Orange
07 Dolly
08 The Banishment Song
09 The Fen
10 Wild Honey
11 Picture of a Bird

//Mixed media
//Blogs

How It Slips Away: 'The Breaking Point' Crosses Hemingway With Noir

// Short Ends and Leader

"Whether we've seen or read the story before, we ache for these sympathetic, floundering people presented to us gravely and without cynicism, even when cynical themselves.

READ the article