Call for Music Writers... Rock, Indie, Urban, Electronic, Americana, Metal, World and More

 
Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Monday, Apr 26, 2010

If the 30 coolest people on the planet (30 because that is how many most likely remain) were to be ranked by awesomeness, innovation, and talent, PJ Harvey would have a strong showing in the top three. Because of this, Harvey can render whatever setting she finds herself situated in ineffably cooler, even when that setting involves an autoharp, “Istanbul” by the Four Lads (made famous by They Might Be Giants), the studio of a politics-focused BBC chat show, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Need evidence? Just watch this video of Harvey performing the new song, “Let England Shake” below.


In an interview appearing on the same show, Harvey tells host Andrew Marr that half of her new album was written on the autoharp. Hey you, all thumbs indie kid: get your fill of autoharping now, because pretty soon that instrument will be untouchable.


Tagged as: pj harvey
Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Monday, Apr 26, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Junior Boys lend their remixing talents to “Odessa” off Caribou’s recent release Swim. Timothy Gabriele said this about the tune in his recent review: “Swim seems mostly to focus on wronged females who must either ‘swim’ or drown. Foremost is ‘Odessa’, the lead single and definitely one of the most defiantly eccentric of the bunch. The song is about a woman who is ‘tired of crying and she’s sick of these lies / She’s suffered him for far too many years of her life’ and is now ‘Taking the kids / Driving away’. The main hook is a processed vocal sample somewhere halfway between a dolorous weep and a ghostly moan. Its pairing with persistent bass, colorful keyboard rolls, cowbell tings, and microfunk accents seems mismatched at first, but the song grows on the listener after repeated spins. It has the tendency to recall the first time one hears the off-putting tenacity of Japan’s ‘Still Life in Mobile Homes’ opening up Tin Drum. Its conjunctions sound too aberrant to be pop proper until one adjusts him or herself outside of the conservatism of a 50-year radio model.”


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Sunday, Apr 25, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Toronto’s finest Broken Social Scene release their latest record Forgiveness Rock Record in a little over a week, but they’re already hitting the late night TV circuit to promote.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Sunday, Apr 25, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

One half of the the Clash (Mick Jones and Paul Simonon) and soul legend Bobby Womack joins Damon Albarn on Colbert’s stage for a smokin’ version of “Stylo”.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Friday, Apr 23, 2010

It was perhaps one of the single greatest music-related stories of the past year. In a nutshell, the story of Death includes a family punk band in ‘70s Detroit, lost master tapes, the tragic passing of one of Death"s members, and the subsequent reemergence and release of Death"s musical output after one of the children of Death’s bassist/vocalist heard and recognized his father’s voice on a Stooges-esque record at a San Francisco party.The story was captivating enough to catch the eye of the New York Times and NPR.


The three sons of Death’s Bobby Hackney, Sr. started Rough Francis, originally a tribute band to spread the music and message of Death, but now an energetic rock and roll experience in their own right. Rough Francis have recently released their own album, Introducing… Rough Francis.


As for Death, the story of music and family was enough to reunite the band.  They recently performed at SXSW and are currently the subject of a new documentary titled Where Do We G From Here??? The Story of Death.


Last month, a new trailer for the film was posted…



Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.