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by William Carl Ferleman

22 Jun 2011


A few years ago I had the misfortune of witnessing Kevin Costner’s band perform. But the experience wasn’t all for naught. Coy opener Lindi Ortega, who played about five songs, stole the show. She plays goth-pop or alt-country material mainly, and her new album is entitled Little Red Boots. Her video for “Little Lie” is most remarkable, as is her bedroom cover of Janis Joplin’s classic, “Mercedes Benz”.

 

by Allison Taich

22 Jun 2011


Psych-folk rockers Yellowbirds released a new music video for their third single “The Reason”. Directed and animated by Yellowbirds front man Sam Cohen, the video employs stop motion collage animation, featuring 10 years worth of notebook drawings and sketches by illustrator Michael Arthur. “The Reason” is off the band’s February 2011 release The Color.

by Timothy Gabriele

22 Jun 2011


Another slice of Retromania at its finest, Com Truise‘s latest is an ode to the digital emulation synth that purists would argue “ruined electronic music”, or at least killed analogue off for a brief period until it was written back into continuity like a beloved superhero character. Oddly enough, I’m reminded of the all-analogue DMX Krew in this cut’s delectably gooey synth cheese factor. The video’s not your standard copy and paste Youtube pillage project. It looks like it was carefully choreographed to create some stunning recombinant neon psychedelic eye candy. Their debut album Galactic Melt on Ghostly International is available to download now.

by Timothy Gabriele

21 Jun 2011


Kangding Ray have always made intricate lapidary electronic slices. Their latest album OR is no exception, as evidenced by this video of their title track. The narrative of the piece is slow, giving the listening ample time to immerse themselves in the textures and detailing of the song, including a keyboard line by the similarly poetic Ben Frost. A man dangles idly in space in the video, that’s pretty much it. Yet, watching the video as filmed in ultra slow-mo HD shows that that’s actually far from all. Likewise, Kangding Ray sound pretty simple in print, but listening to them closely shows that this is hardly the case.

by John Garratt

21 Jun 2011


Lots of young jazz pianists like their Nirvana and their Radiohead, don’t they? Israeli-born Yaron Herman is no exception. His album from earlier this year Follow the White Rabbit contained covers of “Heart-Shaped Box” and “No Surprises” alongside a big helping of exception contemporary originals such as “Saturn Returns” and “The Mountain in G Minor”. But, back to Radiohead—what is it about them that make jazz pianists want to cover them? It must have something to do with Jonny Greenwood’s incredible knack for those tiny yet unforgettable passages like the main guitar line in “No Surprises”.

So, on that note, enjoy this clip of the Yaron Herman Trio performing the song at the Cully Jazz Festival from late March of this year.

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Searching for Wholesome Online Fun: LDS Gamers

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"While being skeptical about the Church ever officially endorsing video games, LDS gamers remains hopeful about the future, knowing that Mormon society is slowly growing to appreciate gaming.

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