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by PopMatters Staff

26 Apr 2010


Junior Boys lend their remixing talents to “Odessa” off Caribou’s recent release Swim. Timothy Gabriele said this about the tune in his recent review: “Swim seems mostly to focus on wronged females who must either ‘swim’ or drown. Foremost is ‘Odessa’, the lead single and definitely one of the most defiantly eccentric of the bunch. The song is about a woman who is ‘tired of crying and she’s sick of these lies / She’s suffered him for far too many years of her life’ and is now ‘Taking the kids / Driving away’. The main hook is a processed vocal sample somewhere halfway between a dolorous weep and a ghostly moan. Its pairing with persistent bass, colorful keyboard rolls, cowbell tings, and microfunk accents seems mismatched at first, but the song grows on the listener after repeated spins. It has the tendency to recall the first time one hears the off-putting tenacity of Japan’s ‘Still Life in Mobile Homes’ opening up Tin Drum. Its conjunctions sound too aberrant to be pop proper until one adjusts him or herself outside of the conservatism of a 50-year radio model.”

by PopMatters Staff

25 Apr 2010


Toronto’s finest Broken Social Scene release their latest record Forgiveness Rock Record in a little over a week, but they’re already hitting the late night TV circuit to promote.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Apr 2010


One half of the the Clash (Mick Jones and Paul Simonon) and soul legend Bobby Womack joins Damon Albarn on Colbert’s stage for a smokin’ version of “Stylo”.

by Dean Blumberg

23 Apr 2010


It was perhaps one of the single greatest music-related stories of the past year. In a nutshell, the story of Death includes a family punk band in ‘70s Detroit, lost master tapes, the tragic passing of one of Death"s members, and the subsequent reemergence and release of Death"s musical output after one of the children of Death’s bassist/vocalist heard and recognized his father’s voice on a Stooges-esque record at a San Francisco party.The story was captivating enough to catch the eye of the New York Times and NPR.

The three sons of Death’s Bobby Hackney, Sr. started Rough Francis, originally a tribute band to spread the music and message of Death, but now an energetic rock and roll experience in their own right. Rough Francis have recently released their own album, Introducing… Rough Francis.

As for Death, the story of music and family was enough to reunite the band.  They recently performed at SXSW and are currently the subject of a new documentary titled Where Do We G From Here??? The Story of Death.

Last month, a new trailer for the film was posted…

by Arnold Pan

23 Apr 2010


The National
High Violet
(4AD)
Releasing: 11 May

If you’ve been counting the days since 2007’s Boxer and can’t stand the suspense over its follow-up any longer, the National is streaming its latest long-player High Violet in its entirety at the New York Times. Upping the smoldering intensity of Boxer, if that’s possible, leaked tracks like the imposing “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and the haunting “Afraid of Everyone” won’t disappoint anyone who has been eagerly awaiting new material from the band. And while the new songs sound impressive in their own right, you’ll now be able to hear them in the context of the album, which is the best way to listen to a band that’s devoted to big picture storytelling like the National. For those who are a little more patient, you can wait a couple of weeks until the proper release of High Violet on May 11.

SONG LIST
01 Terrible Love
02 Sorrow
03 Anyone’s Ghost
04 Little Faith
05 Afraid of Everyone
06 Bloodbuzz Ohio
07 Lemonworld
08 Runaway
09 Conversation 16
10 England
11 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

“Bloodbuzz Ohio” [MP3]
     

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