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by William Carl Ferleman

7 Apr 2011


Julie Taymor’s experimental film adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest was quite unfortunate and problematic. Helen Mirren as the female Prospera (not the male Prospero, as in the original play) was brilliant but too underused. The comic bits, which could have been well-performed, basically ruined the film.  But “Prospera’s Coda”, a song that immediately followed the film, was most touching, dark, and brooding. Shakespeare wrote the lyrics, and Beth Gibbons of Portishead fame took over on vocals. Beth Gibbons did an excellent job at illustrating loss, despair, and, finally, retirement, via her singing.

by Dylan Nelson

7 Apr 2011


Chris Tarry is internationally recognized for his bass playing and composing, but as his new release, Rest of the Story, proves, he’s an author, too. Tarry has been publishing fiction in Canadian and American literary journals. His smartly titled new CD for Nineteen-Eight Records is a piece of hybrid art that includes 100 pages of his writing. Described on the website as a product “that speaks to a time when album design still mattered”, Rest of the Story is an exercise in the art of the CD from one of jazz’s top band leaders.

by John Garratt

7 Apr 2011


Australian ambient outfit All India Radio has just released their new album The Silent Surf. Its digital companion has been available since before Christmas though, available for download from Bandcamp here. All you have to do is fork over your email address and you get 15 minutes of music for free. It shares the same first track as The Silent Surf, “The Bomb” featuring Steve Kilbey of the Church in a brief spoken word part. There are two unreleased songs, “Stage” and “Twisted Metal”, and a remix of “Hotel Madras”, which originally appears on All India Radio’s 2000 album The Inevitable.

by PopMatters Staff

7 Apr 2011


Times New Viking have just released a new free MP3 from their upcoming Merge debut, Dancer Equired, releasing April 26th. The band has also announced US and Canadian tour dates for May and June, listed after the jump.

Times New Viking
Dancer Equired
(Merge)
Release date: 26 April (US)

SONG LIST
01 It’s a Culture
02 Ever Falling in Love
03 No Room to Live
04 Try Harder
05 California Roll
06 Ways to Go
07 New Vertical Dwellings
08 Downtown Eastern Bloc
09 More Rumours
10 Don’t Go to Liverpool
11 Fuck Her Tears
12 Want to Exist
13 Somebody’s Slave
14 No Good

by PopMatters Staff

6 Apr 2011


Photo: Alex Cairncross

After a long cycle of touring their last album, Big Eye Little Eye, with the likes of Sloan and Feist, Toronto’s Golden Dogs seemed to be at the end of the line. The band was exhausted and their bass player, Stew Heyduk, left the group. Main man Dave Azzolini and Jessica Grassia headed back to Canada to recharge their creative juices and began crafting new material in a small garage studio in Toronto owned by their pals, Carlin Nicholson and Mike O’Brien, otherwise known as Zeus. Soon other musician friends began to join in and the band was on a roll. As Azzolini descibes, “It was very much a ‘best idea wins’ situation and the songwriter always had final veto power. It made for a very comfortable environment to make music. It was just musicians getting together to bounce ideas off each other.” The result of the creative ferment is the new album, Coat of Arms, releasing 26 April. First up is the latest single, the uber catchy “Long As You Like”, which has a brand new video that we are premiering today.

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