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Monday, Jul 26, 2010
Keep an eye and an ear tuned to Mixed Media each week until 9/21 for new videos.

On September 21st, Boston based Ryan Montbleau Band will release Heavy on the Vine, the band’s third, independently released studio CD. The recording was financed by sales of a live, solo CD, Stages Volume II. Ryan was named the Best Local Male Vocalist in the 2007 Boston Local Music Awards, and won two awards the same year in the International Songwriting Competition. The band has become a regular on the festival circuit, and spent the past four months touring the country along side Martin Sexton (who produced Heavy on the Vine) as his opening act as well as his backing band for Martin’s own songs. Though the band has made a name for itself among the jamband crowd with a rigorous schedule, the real beauty lies in the poetic and lovely lyrics of the 33-year-old Villanova graduate. The six-piece band has begun recording intimate videos of the 14 new tracks and will post a new video each week until the new CD is released. Below, enjoy the first two videos and keep an ear open and an eye on Mixed Media for the new videos each week until September 21st.



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Friday, Jul 23, 2010

Just when it seemed as though Insane Clown Posse couldn’t possibly top themselves, their “Miracles” video appears to have been nothing more than a trailer for the world’s greatest infomercial: The 11th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos has hit the internet by way of over 17 minutes of some of the most curiously constructed foul language this side of a David Mamet play.


The gathering, billed as something of a Wild West with Faygo free-for-all, takes place in mid-August in a place called Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, within spitting distance of Kentucky.


While a 17-minute ad might seem excessive, the lineup boasts so many Juggalo-friendly acts over a four day period, anything shorter clearly wouldn’t have been thorough enough. The roster also includes a handful of “Seriously?!?!?” moments, including Todd Bridges, Slick Rick, Ron Jeremy and ‘80s prop comic Gallagher, who even in his heyday struggled to engage his own audiences in what he clearly believed to be thought-provoking material (“Why do they call ‘em apartments when they’re stuck together?”) when all they really wanted was to see him smash watermelon with a sledgehammer.


There’s also flashlight wrestling, “comradery” and artist seminars, where presumably how magnets work will finally be explained. Suburban kids from Petaluma to Poughkeepsie are packing their makeup kits in rapt anticipation.


Somewhere beyond the grave, Billy Mays is wondering whether he couldn’t have done something to prevent this.


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Friday, Jul 23, 2010
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals let it all hang out with a little sexual healing! Oh la la indeed!!!

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals have released their latest video for their eponymous fourth CD. Both, the song, “Paris (Ooh La La)” and the video are raunchy and not shy about inhibitions. It’s all sexual bravado here. You got me down on the floor, now whatch ya gonna do about it? While the song and the video are risqué, potter also displays a brash confidence of a woman comfortable with her own sexuality. This song aims to put Potter & the Nocturnals on the top of the charts. Consider it a victory for good music if our sons and daughters are listening to and watching this video instead of Miley Cyrus.



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Friday, Jul 23, 2010

If you’re like me (and I know I am), you’ve wasted nearly a decade of your life hoping the Bees will swarm across the Atlantic and into the venue closest to your front door which has the ideal mixture of a quality sound system, an intimate-without-being-crowded floor and an ambiance worthy of a band who (through a cruel series of misfortunes which can only be taken personally at this point) have yet to play a gig in the United States.


The Bees (or A Band of Bees as they’re sometimes known) hail from the Isle of Wight, though three previous (and brilliant) albums have typified their open arms approach to melding musical styles from across the varied world spectrum. But their last full release, Octopus, dropped more than three years ago. When they followed that by pulling out of a Coachella appearance in 2008, it left their faithful wondering what the heck was on the horizon.


And now, it seems, our collective prayers have been answered, as the Bees are putting the finishing touches on their fourth album proper, Every Step’s a Yes. And because we’ve been such patient and good little boys and girls, the Bees have made available “Silver Line”, a charmingly pastoral song with a charmingly low-fi video. Worryingly for anyone hoping the album’s release is imminent, the song contains the line, “And I tell you that we won’t be rushed.”


But keep those chins up, Bees enthusiasts: Live shows are already underway, and perhaps those of us in the colonies will finally get the chance to dust off our best “Chicken Payback” moves in a live setting.



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Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

POPMATTERS SPONSOR: The new Michael Cera vehicle Scott Pilgrim opens 13 August, but is making a big push a bit early at this week’s Comic-Con. There’s a whole bunch of events planned (all the info after the jump), including live music from Gorgeous Got a Gun, who won the recent contest through Sonicbids, “Indie Rock vs. the World: Battle of the Bands”. There are also ample opportunities to meet the cast and crew of the film at Comic-Con and all the info on that will be available via this Twitter.



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