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by Jane Jansen Seymour

1 Dec 2011

KEXP has posted “Te Amo” from an Atlas Sound set at the Ace Hotel, during the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City last month. It was the final performance sponsored by the Seattle radio station, and I luckily snagged a place on the tile floor as the crowd gathered around the musical equipment before the show. Bradford Cox was been creating music under the name Atlas Sound since he was ten, when not busy with his band mates in Deerhunter. (Living with the genetic disorder Marfan syndrome manifested a solitary existence growing up so music was a refuge, supposedly there are boxes of cassettes to support this.) He was there overseeing the set up, concerned about the levels and the subdued nature of the setting. Cox likened it to playing at the New York University library with all the people busy on laptops.

“Is there anybody listening to me talk right now?” He asked in a southern drawl referencing his hometown of Atlanta adding,  “It’s so quiet!” This comment elicited some cheers and clapping, to which he scolded the audience, saying how he hadn’t done anything but perhaps everyone just liked his outfit?  Cox stood ready to play in windowpane fabric pajamas festooned with geese and Topsiders with no socks. His wispy honey colored hair framed an angular face and on top a very slight build. Yet he implored those in control until there was a distinctly louder feedback, explaining how “it’s not a folk project. “ There was also a nice shout out to the staff at the Ace Hotel, since he considers it a home away from home filled with friends – happy to be there since it was such an easy gig to get right downstairs to the lobby. Cox has a favorite room to stay in and has even recorded two songs there recently, when booked time at the studio had run out.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Dec 2011

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by Cynthia Fuchs

1 Dec 2011

“She’s territorial. She doesn’t want people in her territory. She’s a teenager too, she likes to go in her room and close the door.” David Balding is talking about an African elephant. Her name is Flora, and they’ve been together for 16 years. “We just spent so much time together that we’re very close,” Balding says, as Flora appears behind him, playing with his hair and jacket. This closeness proves a blessing and a curse as Balding recounts their lives together in One Lucky Elephant, premiering on OWN Documentary Club on 1 December. As much as Balding and Flora appear to share an understanding, they also face a fundamental difference. She’s a wild animal, brought into his domestic (circus) world as a baby. As she grows older, the film recounts, Balding realizes she can’t be happy in this world, and he devotes himself to finding an alternative. As he comes to terms with his own needs and blind spots, Lisa Leeman’s film follows his efforts to understand Flora’s needs as well. elephant in his life. And, as Flora’s story illustrates the problems of buying and selling and using wild animals in circuses and zoos, it also never keeps focused on an essential insight. Elephants, lucky or not, have minds.

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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

Photo Credit: Matthew Speck

Contest is now closed! Please be sure to check pick up SMiLE on compact disc or vinyl!

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 and visit the band’s site at 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.

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