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by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2010


This is some seriously awesome Latin funk crossed with post-punk from Chile’s Panico. The band trekked to Scotland to record their new album Life in Franz Ferdinand’s studio. Releasing 12 October via Chemikal Underground Records, Life includes this frenzied and propulsive tune “Reverberation Mambo”. Director James Schneider shot the video in the Chilean desert as part of a larger documentary project on ghost towns. You can also pick up a free remix by Joakim over on Panico’s website.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2010


Earlier this summer K Records unveiled the innovative K Singles Zip-Pak, wherein subscribers receive new MP3 singles via e-mail each week for just $35.00 for a yearly subscription. In addition to new tunes from K artists, the series also includes “exclusive mixes, bonus songs and live documents”. In the end, subscribers wind up with hundreds of new tunes in a year that they couldn’t get anywhere else and all for a bargain price that goes straight to the artists and the label and cuts out the middleman.

Today we have the pleasure of offering PopMatters readers these two songs from Christmas that will be among the tunes mailed out to subscribers this evening. Olympia Washington’s Christmas formed out of a trip to Poland taken by Emily Beanblossom (vocals, keys) and Pat Scott-Walsh (guitar). Chatting in a bar there, they concocted their plan for a gritty, noise band with pop underpinnings. “Dog Problems” and “It’s Only an Ocean”, which features Calvin Johnson, will be appearing on a February 2011 7-inch single along with “Namiot” and a remix of “Namiot” by Johnson. If you like what you hear, check out the band at one of their upcoming dates (after the jump) and sign up for the Zip-Pack subscription.

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by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2010


British headline grabbers and punky poppers the Libertines kicked off their official reunion last night in London, playing a gig at the HMV Forum. The 21-song set featured all the expected favorites and the band has upcoming appearances at the Leeds Festival and Reading Festival on deck.

by Steve Horowitz

26 Aug 2010


The 1967 pop ditty, “C’mon Down to My Boat”, evokes sweetness and light. Every Mother’s Son seemed like good guys who just wanted to free a hard working girl from the clutches of her fisherman father. But lately, I’ve been wondering. The line, “Soon I’m gonna have to get my knife and cut that rope”—what does it really mean. The daughter is not literally tied to the dock. That would be too kinky. The more logical allusion is that the familial obligations keep the girl tied down. Therefore, what is Every Mother’s Son really gonna do with that knife? Do the lyrics suggest an act of violence? Does the sugary pop confection hide a darker meaning, and the singer is going to stab and kill the father so he can elope with the daughter? That may be reading too much into the lyrics, but the Summer of Love from which this song emerged soon turned into a more brutal era. Perhaps the clues were there all along, in innocent music like this.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Aug 2010


The Lovetones’ Matthew Tow has been playing in Brian Jonestown Massacre since 2003, all the while keeping his own band chugging through five albums. That fifth release is Lost, dropping 28 September on Planting Seeds Records. The group’s 2009 record, Dimensions, garnered an 8 from PopMatters, with Sarah Moore talking about how the Aussie band “brings a down-under haze to psychedelic pop mindful of the 1960s.” Lost features nine new tunes, including the opener “City Meets the Stars”, that continues to display the Lovetones’ love of psychedelic jangle pop rooted in the ‘60s and influenced by the Byrds, the Beatles and the Moody Blues.

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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