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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
Drew Daniel continues to show off his love for heavy metal following the release of his incredible Why Do the Heathen Rage? He has now compiled a menagerie of intro and outro tracks from his favorite black metal LPs.

The Soft Pink Truth‘s Why Do the Heathen Rage? is one of 2014’s most daring musical experiments. Drew Daniel has used the Soft Pink Truth name to cover artists before, with 2004’s hardcore punk tribute Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth? With Why Do the Heathen Rage, however, Daniel takes his musical vision to even gutsier heights, offering up catchy and off-kilter electronic covers of black metal songs. Dancing could be a side effect of these tunes, yes, but there’s a much bigger point being made by Daniel, who arranged these covers to shed light on the darkest, most overlooked aspects of black metal’s history, namely its racism, sexism, and homophobia.


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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
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The 2014 World Cup is now in full swing in Rio. To celebrate, we are offering up a 15-CD collection of amazing Brazilian music from our friends at Six Degrees Records.

Esteemed world beats label Six Degrees Records sports an enviable library of Brazilian music and we’re giving a way a slice of that in this timely contest. If you’d like to check out the CDs, head on over to Amazon. A single lucky grand prize winner will score the set, whilst five runners-up will be awarded with a copy of BossaCucaNova’s new CD, Our Kind of Bossa. Follow all of the goings on at Six Degrees via their newsletter.


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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014
In bringing together the stylings of classic California rock and dusty, melancholic noir, indie rockers Sugarplum Fairies create their own unique vision of Los Angeles in their song "Escondite".

The dusky, shadow-tinged depiction of Los Angeles that is “Escondite”, a track off of the latest Sugarplum Fairies album Godspeed & Silver Linings, brings to mind the infamous opening credits of The Big Lebowski, tumbleweed and all. Yet while the sonic-to-aural comparison is uncanny, there are no bedraggled bowlers or mustachioed narrators here; instead, the echoey vocal of frontwoman Silvia Ryder plays against the gravelly bass vocals of RT Valine, crafting a sonic landscape indebted to ‘70’s California rock. The vision of Los Angeles that Sugarplum Fairies construct throughout Godspeed & Silver Linings, however, is entirely their own.


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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014
Driven by killer guitar riffs and its unique narrative perspective, the rollicking "Helicopter" by rock outfit Bailiff is can be downloaded here exclusively at PopMatters.

Like many bands in this Kickstarter-obsessed age, rock outfit Bailiff funded their latest outing, the genre-melding Remise, through a fan-funded campaign. Of the many tunes that came from the successfully funded EP sessions is the wickedly cool “Helicopter”, which stands as one of Remise‘s most driving moments. With propulsive, infectious guitar riffs at the forefront, the band brings a great deal of energy in the track’s concise, four-minute runtime, during which vocalist/guitarist Josh Siegel deals with some heavy lyrical matter.


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Monday, Jun 23, 2014
The deceptively cheery, Zappa-esque ditty "It Doesn't Even Matter", by the Brooklyn chamber pop band Onward Chariots is available to stream exclusively on PopMatters.

“You’d never guess it,” says Ben Morss of the Brooklyn chamber pop outfit Onward Chariots, “but I initially conceived ‘It Doesn’t Even Matter’‘, the band’s latest single, “as the dark, angry, highly bitter cri du coeur of a frustrated songwriter”. One spin of the track, and it is indeed difficult to have the notion in one’s head that it ever began with such intentions. “It Doesn’t Even Matter” positively bleeds of the sunny side of ‘50s and ‘60s pop.


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