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by PopMatters Staff

9 Sep 2013


This time around the “Ringmaster General” leaves behind the Nashville studio of producer John McBride and decamps his whole crew to a boat in the South Pacific, where the album was recorded over 12 dreamy days. “I wanted to do something a little different this time, so I invited the band to join me on an adventure to the South Pacific,” says Stewart.“Where we could record with nobody else around, floating around on the sea. It was like parachuting into Oz. We were fish out of water. We were out 12 days, but we were actually only sober enough to record for three or four.”

Today we have the pleasure of premiering the lyric video for new album track, “Nashville Snow”, a hazy tune infused with delicious Americana tinges and a super mellow vibe. Stewart surrounds himself with hugely talented collaborators on Lucky Numbers and this song is no exception with Karen Elson filling out the tune with her beguiling vocals.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Sep 2013

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Gabrielle Pucknette

The title track off Barbez’s latest album, “Bella Ciao” is the oft-interpreted rallying cry from the anti-Fascist Italian resistance during World War II, reimagined to fit an aesthetic that’s all the NYC experimental outfit’s own. Featuring Faun Fables’ Dawn McCarthy on vocals, “Bella Ciao” is able to articulate the diverse musical sensibilities that inform Barbez’s hybrid, cutting-edge work, combining strains of Jewish and Eastern European folk musics, an avant taste for skewed tonalities, the improvisational interplay of jazz, and the urgent drive of rock ‘n’ roll.

by Thomas Britt

6 Sep 2013


Originally recorded in 1991, Hello Future Tinglies is now available in digital format and a limited pressing of 300 cassettes. The latter format best preserves the spirit of a teenage punk band from the late 1980s and early 1990s. All proceeds from the release will go to the Musicians Emergency Medical Association. Stream the title track here

 

 

by PopMatters Staff

30 Aug 2013


“Heart to the Party” features a lovely melody and lyrics that suggest the simple longing for a really good night out. Don’t we all just need that from time to time? Lenka has a beguiling voice that just every once and a while hints at Björk. You can keep up with the entire At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt here.

by PopMatters Staff

30 Aug 2013


But you wouldn’t know it from the bouncy Texas dancehall tempo. Still, country music has always been known for sad songs (some with upbeat rhythms) that end up cheering you up. Kinda like the blues, which country music draws half of its DNA from. Today we are premiering the aforementioned song “Everything Gets Me Down”, which is a really catchy toe-tapper draped in irony.

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