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by Sachyn Mital

3 Oct 2011


Contest is now closed! Please be sure to check pick up the Ocean’s Kingdom score on compact disc or vinyl!

A couple of weeks back we shared with you a discussion between Sir Paul McCartney and New York City Ballet’s Master in Chief Peter Martins about their new collaboration, Ocean’s Kingdom. With the album coming out tomorrow, October 4th, here in the US, (available at Amazon and other fine retailers) we wanted to make sure this album made a splash on your radar. To help spread the word, we’ve got THREE (3) copies to give away to (3) lucky PopMatters readers! But before we tell you how to enter, we’ll first tell you more about the album and be sure to check out www.paulmccartney.com.

From the Press Release:
An hour long score featuring four stunning movements—“Ocean’s Kingdom”, “Hall of Dance”, “Imprisonment” and “Moonrise”—the ballet tells of a love story within the story of an underwater world whose people are threatened by the humans of Earth. A potently expressive and richly varied work, the score is Paul’s most challenging and emotionally complex yet. As he explains: “What was interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather than just writing a song.  Trying to write something that expressed an emotion—so you have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with and I found that exciting and challenging”.

by Sachyn Mital

27 Sep 2011


Earlier this year, PopMatters premiered Anika’s video for “I Go to Sleep” just as she set out on a number of Stateside DJ appearances. Now shes back to the States for a full tour in live performance mode. Her stops along both coasts include a visit to Toronto and a stop at this year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties event in Asbury Park, NJ.

To celebrate, we’re presenting a stream for her track “No One’s There” from her debut album along with a remix edit from Ratman and a bonus track “He Needs Me”. Check it out and catch her on tour soon.

by Sachyn Mital

22 Sep 2011


Today (September 22nd) Paul McCartney’s “first foray into the world of dance”, specifically ballet, makes its premiere. His new work, Ocean’s Kingdom, is his first original orchestral score and was done in collaboration with the New York City Ballet’s Master in Chief Peter Martins. Check out the video below to see the two discuss this collaboration. Ocean’s Kingdom will be performed at the NYCB over the next week as part of its 2011/12 season.

From the NYC Ballet website:
New York City Ballet brings together the legendary Paul McCartney and Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins for a hallmark collaboration. Ocean’s Kingdom marks the first time that McCartney has composed for dance, and Martins’ choreography will follow the music’s libretto of a romance between lovers from conflicting kingdoms. With costumes by another McCartney, renowned fashion designer Stella, and projections by S. Katy Tucker integrated with lighting designs by Mark Stanley and sets by Perry Silvey, Ocean’s Kingdom is an unprecedented event you won’t want to miss.

by Allison Taich

20 Sep 2011


Primus released their seventh studio album Green Naugahyde this month on ATO Records and Prawn Song. The album was produced and engineered by bass master Les Claypool at his studio Rancho Relaxo in Northern California, featuring Primus’ original 1988 lineup: Claypool on bass, Larry LaLonde on guitar and Jay Lane on drums. Lane drummed for Primus and Sausage in the ‘80s, and briefly returned in 1994 for a reunion of the 1988 lineup. He officially rejoined the band in 2010 after departing Grateful Dead outfit Furthur. 

Green Naugahyde is Primus’ first studio release since 1999’s Antipop. According to Jambase Claypool described the new album as a return to the band’s early days: “If I were to look at all of our records, it seems like this is reminiscent of the early stuff. Obviously, with Jay there’s a newness to it, but because he left the band right before we recorded our first record, his approach has an eerie harkening to the old Frizzle Fry days.”

by PopMatters Staff

30 Aug 2011


Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter have just announced a batch of new tour dates, including a set of East Coast appearances with the Sadies, which sounds like a dream line-up. Their latest album, Marble Son,  released in early August, which we labeled as PopMatters Pick with an 8 rating. Tour dates after the jump.

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