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Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
London's Bombay Dub Orchestra (a.k.a. Andrew T. Mackay and Garry Hughes) returns with another wonderful album of globetrotting world beats, blended with traditional Indian orchestral sounds.

The title Tales From the Grand Bazaar tells you much of what you need to know about Bombay Dub Orchestra, as the bazaar is where cultures meet and intertwine, with Istanbul’s bazaar being the grandest. The band builds that out further, pulling sounds and textures from places as diverse as India, Turkey, Macedonia and Brazil, while blending them into a mellow electronic vibe that can be quite mesmerizing.


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Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
With Azure Blue, former Irene and Laurel Music songwriter Tobias Isaksson creates a melange of '80s synthpop textures and '90s shoegaze vocals mixed with that wall of sound, perfected by pop music back in the '60s.

Yet, this music sounds utterly contemporary. Azure Blue’s debut album, Rule of Thirds, received many critical accolades back in 2011 with the culmination being a win for best pop album in the Swedish version of the Grammys last year. Now Isaksson returns with his sophomore album under the Azure moniker, the philosophically titled Beyond the Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt. Matinee Records will release the album next week in the US, but it has released today in Sweden, so here’s your official preview of the new music… that is, unless you live in Sweden.


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Monday, Sep 30, 2013
In Texas, the surname Robison is songwriting gold as the family has spawned numerous notables such as Charlie, his brother Bruce and sister Robyn Ludwick.

On his rockin’ new Americana album, High Times, Charlie Robison covers some of his favorite tunes. “Look Out Cleveland”, penned by the Band’s Robbie Robertson, is a surefire highlight, as is Doug Sahm’s “Nuevo Laredo” and Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. He honors his sister as well with takes on a number of Ludwick’s tunes. Great stuff all around that makes you feel like you’re downing Lone Star longnecks at the local Texas roadhouse.


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Monday, Sep 23, 2013
First Cousin Once Removed suggests contexts, slips in stories, and frames performances -- by Edwin and those who remember him -- and so, beautifully complicates and extends its project.

“I know there’s a past and I know that I lived in it and that I gave it up, to live only in the present.” As American poet and scholar Edwin Honig describes his loss of memory, his slipping into the state called Alzheimer’s disease, you watch a bridge collapsing into water. The footage is archival and black and white, a memory of another time, abstracted into a context for which it could never have been intended. The image of the bridge collapsing, in slow motion, reverberates, a brief indication of what it might feel like to break off from the past. Just so, the process of memory loss becomes incredibly, poignantly visible repeatedly in Alan Berliner’s documentary, First Cousin Once Removed, premieres on HBO 23 September. It’s as profound and personal a film as you might imagine. That it achieves such effects even as it is, at the same time, a movie that invites you to come “inside someplace where the unspeakable, the unseeable, the unsayable can be seen,” as one interviewee puts it.  “And there’s a sense in which people both want to see it and don’t want to see it.”


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Friday, Jul 12, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Minneapolis-based record label Totally Gross National Product is excited to announce its first official release of 2013.

From the label: The record is the self-titled debut from a duo called Pony Bwoy, and is a remarkable collection of R&B-inspired dark-pop rooted in wavy electronics and hyper-rhythmic vocals.


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