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Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
Quiet and understated but with a catchy trance-like chorus, “Blissed Out in the Land of Nod” slowly seeps into the sub-conscious.

The black and white video shows the song being created in the studio with the Normandy All Stars and producer Gaspard Murphy. It goes to show that what sounds simple is actually quite complicated.


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Monday, Nov 17, 2014
PopMatters has 17 new songs plus notes to add to your fall soundtrack.

Catch up with the piles of colorful new music to rake up and add to this fall’s soundtrack. Bands such as Motopony, Bear In Heaven and Foxygen offer songs from solid follow-ups, while music scene stalwarts TV on the Radio and Cold War Kids return to drop more tunes into a vast archive. Solo artists Sondre Lerche, Ariel Pink and Jenny Lewis also appear on the playlist along with Dan Boeckner’s new band Operators. It’s a harvest to behold, so listen and enjoy.


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Monday, Nov 17, 2014
The sharp harmonies of Lucius' "Turn It Around" are but one example of why this young band is one of 2014's true pop talents.

Phil Spector may be in prison for having undertaken bad things, but hopefully he’s managed to hear the glorious girl group harmonies of Lucius. We all deserve a touch of mercy now and again. The beginning of the video for “Turn It Around” is like a weird Linguaphone lesson, but the rest is pure joyous pop, demonstrating that reflections aren’t so tedious after all.


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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
Eighteen new songs with notes (and a quiz) to extend the summer vibe.

Here’s another collection of music culled from recent releases to help keep the summer vibe going. Check out new songs from indie veterans Spoon, Interpol, the New Pornographers and the Shins along with new bands such as Jungle and the Orwells. Vacationer, Parquet Courts and Ex Hex bring the party atmosphere while Christopher Owens, Stand of Oaks and Tweedy (Jeff Tweedy of Wilco) craft a mellow musical vein.


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Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
In a better world, "The Way Love Used to Be" would rank alongside "You Really Got Me", "Waterloo Sunset", and "Lola" as one of the Kinks' crowning achievements.

Actually, it does reside in that rarefied space—just not according to your average listicle on the subject or the band’s “greatest hits”. “The Way Love Used to Be” is a ghost classic mainly due to its undistinguished release history, appearing first on the soundtrack to Percy, a 1971 British comedy about “the world’s first penis transplant”, and then two years later on The Great Lost Kinks Album, an odds-and-ends collection that was discontinued in 1975 after Ray Davies initiated legal measures against Reprise Records.


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