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by Jason Gross

9 Dec 2009


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Roman Candle

Roman Candle
“Why Modern Radio Is A-OK”



This North Carolina band managed to craft one of the smartest, strangest anthems about the airwaves. As singer Skip Matheny professes, they love the radio but not because it plays their favorite music. Actually, they think it sucks and that’s exactly why they like it. They don’t want to hear the classic songs that break their heart (i.e. Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison) so the crappy stations nowadays get the thumbs up from them. Pretty twisted, eh? Jason Gross

by Adrien Begrand

9 Dec 2009


Delorean
“Seasun”



In direct contrast to the trendy, glo-fi charm of Washed Out, Memory Tapes, and Small Black came this gigantic, shimmering, glorious blast of exuberant electro-pop courtesy Barcelona’s Delorean. Built around a deceptively simple house beat and female vocal sample, the foursome adds layer upon layer to the four and a half minute track, eventually building to a gorgeous, gently propulsive climax that transports us back to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, when cutting edge music wasn’t afraid to sound big.
Adrien Begrand

by Allison Taich

8 Dec 2009


by Allison Taich

8 Dec 2009


Twenty-nine years ago today, the world lost one of its greatest influences when Lennon was shot four times in the back at the entrance of his apartment building in New York City. His death came one month after the release of his last album Double Fantasy. The album would go on to win a Grammy Award in 1981 for Album of the Year. A toast to John Lennon, his art, messages, ideas and achievements.

by Jennifer Cooke

8 Dec 2009


Taking Back Sunday make music for the mall-going masses and as such, they take their critical lumps. They’re not indie, they’re not obscure, they have a camera-ready lead singer and take up lots of rack space at Hot Topic. Anathema to lots of us PopMatters readers.

But don’t hate them because they’re beautiful. They also made one of the catchiest songs of 2009, the year that marked their tenth anniversary of slogging it out in tour vans and playing their hearts out all over the country and beyond. Give these guys a chance, and the infectious guitars and irresistible handclaps of “Sink Into Me” just might hook you in.

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