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Thursday, Apr 10, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The result of long-lost half-brothers collaborating together, Young Boy's Other Summers is a delicate dream-pop album that beams with an uncommon sense of camaraderie.

Young Boy consists of long-lost half-brothers Alessandro Baris and Joseph Desler Costa (from L’Altra), who collaborated by sending music between Italy and the U.S. after connecting up with one another. Made in 2013 when Baris and Costa met up in person in Italy, Other Summers bears the traces of an intuitive camaraderie as the brothers thread pensive vocals, refined synths, and patient guitar lines together into delicate dream-pop compositions.


Streaming exclusively on PopMatters, Young Boy’s Other Summers is out now via Saint Marie Records.



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Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The eagerly awaited new tUnE-yArDs album, Nikki Nack releases May 6th and the artist has just released the audio for a second album track, the gently soulful "Wait for a Minute".


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Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Califone releases a beautifully animated stop-motion video by Jesse Stein for "Magdalene" from 2013's Stitches.


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Monday, Apr 7, 2014
“Rape Me” was intended as a razor-sharp anti-rape anthem, an emblem of the feminist messages Kurt began channeling during the last two years of his life. That's not how it was taken.

Several years after Kurt Cobain died, I went to Sam Goody with a $20 bill and came home with In Utero.


I was 11, maybe 12. “Rape Me” was my favorite. I blasted the track and asked my parents what “rape” meant. They thumbed through the lyric booklet, frowned at the fetuses dotting the cover art, and quickly confiscated the disc to a bedroom closet, where, some weeks later, I happened upon it and reclaimed it in secret. Forbidden art is alluring art, and In Utero has been my favorite Nirvana release ever since. I already owned Nevermind, but In Utero was different—scarier, sharper around the edges. At least in part, that was because of “Rape Me”.


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Monday, Apr 7, 2014
The film indicts US arrogance in its many forms, including the American administrations and corporate interests that blundered their ways through decades of combat and escalation.

“Look, they’re focusing on us now. First they bomb as much as they please, then they film.” Responding to the camera following him across a broken, muddy plot of land where the remains of a home lean into the rain, a Vietnamese villager disdains the effort to document his loss. Among the many self-aware moments in Peter Davis’ Hearts and Minds, this one is particularly tragic. There is no distinguishing between invasions for him, as he remains resilient and proud, as a neighbor leans down to pick up debris in the background. The camera pans with his movement to find another man, who stares directly into the lens as he puts a cigarette to his lips. Affronted perpetually, all they can do is watch those who watch them.


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