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by Jane Jansen Seymour

29 Nov 2011


A special piece of music created by British alt rock band elbow for the 2012 Olympics in London is now in the final stages of production. The theme will be used in promotional coverage before the games next summer, as well as during the event.

“We are knocked out to be involved and it’s been quite a challenge,” says lead singer Guy Garvey. His warm, distinctive baritone has been the signature of this band since it formed twenty years ago. Their fifth album released last spring, Build a Rocket Boys!, is landing on many top ten lists for the year (for example, KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” Jason Bentley). It was also nominated for Britain’s 2011 Mercury Prize and debuted at number two on the UK album chart.

by Sachyn Mital

29 Nov 2011


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Today marks the day that EMI releases the remastered versions of The Smashing Pumpkins’ Gish and the Siamese Dream. To celebrate, PopMatters would like to give you a chance to win your own copy of the remastered Gish or Siamese Dream. We’d like to share some details on these exciting new remasters and please be sure to check out the album on iTunes at http://itunes.com/smashingpumpkins and visit the band’s site at http://smashingpumpkins.com/ to join the Record Club. 

From the assorted press releases:
As THE SMASHING PUMPKINS get the fully remastered treatment via these reissues, the band is excited to be moving forward by creating new music.  After touring America and Europe this fall—the trek launched October 5 in Los Angeles and wraps December 8 in Lisbon—they will release OCEANIA, “an album within an album,” as part of their in-progress 44-song work TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.  Featuring 13 new songs, OCEANIA will be released in early 2012 (further details TBA).

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ longtime strong bond with their fans continues… via The Smashing Pumpkins Record Club when the reissues of their first two albums—1991’s Gish and 1993’s Siamese Dream—become available.

by Jonathan Kosakow

29 Nov 2011


If the new single, “Lonely Boy”, is any indicator of what to expect from the Black Keys’ upcoming album El Camino, then you’d better be ready to add another disc to your rotation on December 6. And no, it’s not only because of the awesomely absurd video (below) they’ve put together for it (by “put together” I mean “pressed play”), which by itself is a feat of viral video genius.

“Lonely Boy” is perfectly Black Keys—a grungy, anthemic rock tune with hints of blues, psychedelia, and pop that is destined to be named one of the most memorable songs of the year. Granted, it’s cutting it close to the end of this year, but it would be a fault to leave this one off the Top lists of ‘11—if not for the music, then certainly for the video.

by Alan Ranta

28 Nov 2011


The Manchester roots of Golden Glow are on clear display with “The Cure”. Grainy, overexposed shots of the famous red brick city, birthplace of modern rave culture, are spliced among scenes of principal singer-songwriter Pierre Hall, alone in the studio. It is quite DIY looking, while the song itself was recorded on a four-track on a no-string budget, portraying the sort of detached delivery, loose play, and frozen drums one would expect to hear from Joy Division or the Happy Mondays, as produced by Martin Hannett. It’s all very Factory Records, very Manchester.

by Gem Wheeler

28 Nov 2011


The tunesmiths of Tin Pan Alley had an expression way back when: “the old grey whistle test”. If you played your song to the grey-clad doorman and he liked it, you had a hit on your hands. The people behind the long-running BBC music show of that name were proper musos—with all the baggage that entails—and the rather opaque title was exactly the kind of reference they’d appreciate. Whistle Test (or OGWT) may have disappeared from British screens in 1987 as a new wave of young pretenders took to the stage, but its lasting place in pop culture has been explored by a new BBC Radio 2 series. Each programme devotes a full hour to a year of the show’s history, featuring archive audio and new performances from relevant acts.

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