CFP: The Legacy of Radiohead's 'The Bends' 20 Years On [Deadlines: 4 Feb / 19 Feb]

 
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Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015
Here are some reasons why Sleater-Kinney's "The Fox" is the greatest opening to a rock record ever.

Quick: what’s the best, most exhilarating opening to a rock record ever? Not the song. Just the opening—the first few seconds, whether a majestic welcome or sonic punch in the gut.


Some think it’s the first note of The Stooges’ Fun House. Nevermind is too obvious. There’s a convincing case to be made for The Jesus Lizard’s Liar album. I prefer the quiet dread of PJ Harvey’s Rid Of Me.


But the best, the unimpeachable album intro to retire all album intros, is the opening passage of Sleater-Kinney’s would-be final album, The Woods.


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Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015
America is a long road; in 2014, First Aid Kit travel it in its cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "America".

First Aid Kit has had a busy and successful 2014, touring hard behind its third album, Stay Gold. To mark Record Store Day/Black Friday, the duo released a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America”. Covers of well-known songs can be difficult, but here First Aid Kit give the song a new, feminine interpretation.


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Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014
Catchy and upbeat with unmissable hand-claps, Chuck Prophet's "The Left Hand and the Right Hand" answers the question: what is the sound of two hands clapping?

The video for Chuck Prophet’s “The Left Hand and the Right Hand” is weirdly surreal by taking the song literally, with two separate disembodied hands floating around to illustrate the story. Chuck Prophet appears in a cartoon bubble as an all-seeing narrator in an alternative universe. It’s kind of trippy and fun.


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Monday, Dec 8, 2014
British punk/folk/ cabaret duo the Indelicates have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to releasing music in the digital age, and "The Generation That Nobody Remembered" is no exception.

After crowdfunding an album two years before Kickstarter made their UK debut and creating something like a proto-Bandcamp for their label Corporate Records, the Indelicates are now releasing what is possibly the first ever virtual reality single for a song entitled “The Generation That Nobody Remembered”. The free download was designed for use with the Oculus Rift head-set, but a 2d version also exists, along with a simple name-your-price MP3 of the song.


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Thursday, Dec 4, 2014
Paul Kelly's dark and brooding track "Gonna Be Good" reminds us how difficult it is to do what we say we’re going to do.

Paul Kelly’s video for “Gonna Be Good”, a mixture of moving and still footage, emphasizes the intimate and stripped-down nature of his album Spring and Fall. The supper looks good too.


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