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Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014
PopMatters premieres "Ernest / Protector", one of the flashier tracks from jazz guitarist Nir Felder's forthcoming debut album Golden Age.

Jazz guitarist Nir Felder’s debut album, Golden Age, drops this month. Many a musician has his or her idea of what a “golden age” was or is, but Felder is reluctant to stake such a claim. In his words, the album’s title is “more of a question than a statement,” rhetorically asking if we are in a golden age for the arts right now or if we were ever in the throes of one at all.


Felder’s performing and composing chops are not unlike many a fusion jazz guitarist who came before him. Any fan of Pat Metheny or Mike Stern can wring much listening enjoyment from Golden Age. It seems to have just the right amount of virtuosity pitted against genuinely engaging writing, all buoyed by a tight group featuring pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Nate Smith.  “Ernest /Protector”, one of Golden Age‘s flashier tracks, premieres here on PopMatters. While the hard-bop qualities reveal one side to Felder, just know that there is much more to delve into later this month.



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Monday, Nov 25, 2013
Sitcom-core pioneer Electric Grandmother's new-old album has 100 songs for free.

Back when the Electric Grandmother was still based in my hometown, a weekly paper tried to review the album Pee Sells…But Who’s Buying?. The poor fool assigned the task just couldn’t do it. He called the title “oddly fitting” and that it was “a challenging listen in the sense that it’s hard to make it through the damn thing.”


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Sunday, Nov 24, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
In case you somehow missed it this past week, noted producer Diplo shared an MP3 of a remix of Grizzly Bear's "Will Calls"


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Thursday, Nov 21, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
In this era of troubled economics and right-wing punditry, the poor and minorities are as much under siege as ever.

Gerrymandered districts have resulted in far right Republican majorities in many communities around the nation. In North Carolina, the “artificial” districts designed to produce Republican majorities have had a devastating effect on public education, voter rights, medicare expansion, and access to women’s healthcare and abortion facilities.


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Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013
New York shoegazers Wry Climate premiere new track "Fire Escape Games" on PopMatters.

New York’s Wry Climate inventively updates ‘90s shoegaze riffs with notes of dreampop and bits of noise, turning their subtly complex tunes into something much more than the sum of their parts. The group has earned comparisons from Deerhunter to Dirty Projectors to Pavement, meaning they’re in good, eclectic company.


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