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by PopMatters Staff

19 Jun 2012


Photo By: Jesse Justice (L-R: Frankie, Sonny, Paul, John, Javier, Jeff, Sammy, Felix)

Washington DC’s Empresarios have been putting out regular Soundcloud mixes for awhile now and they are always chock full of groovy, funky tunes. It’s summer too, so let’s funk it up with the latest mix the band are labeling the “Verano Caliente Mix”. The band’s personal style ranges from salsa and cumbia to house, all dancey and all steeped in deep funk. Did I mention this new mix is super funky? Well, it is and is perhaps their longest mix to date. In addition to new and exclusive music from the Empresarios, this mix also features voice-overs, introductions and commentary by Empresarios bandleader Javier Miranda. Miranda can also be heard providing live conga augmentation sporadically on this mix. You can set this thing to repeat and power an entire Saturday night summer party. Line up the mojitos and call your friends. Best of all, the whole mix is downloadable. Full tracklist below the jump.

by Steve Jansen

19 Jun 2012


They say fact is stranger than fiction. Well, as mainstream cinema continues its descent into the clatter and boom of multiplex tricks like The Avengers reality certainly seems to be providing a richer – more fertile – seam for fresh narratives. So if you don’t fancy having your synapses fried this summer, Mission to Lars looks like it might provide a decent diversion.

This feature length documentary follows the trials and tribulations of the Spicer siblings, Kate and Will, as they set out to make Tom, their brother’s dream of meeting Metallica’s Lars Ulrich a reality. Given that Tom suffers from fragile X syndrome (the most common yet rarely discussed cause of inherited learning disabilities, akin to autism) the trip obviously has in built purpose – but also many challenges.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Jun 2012


Daydream Vacation is an appropriate enough name for a band that conjures up a dizzying electro-pop trip. As a forthcoming review of the duo’s debut album Dare Seize the Fire on PopMatters describes it, “There’s the pop aesthetic of Matt & Kim, but the bombast and energy of Andrew W.K.” Combining the efforts of producer-type Dave Einmo (of Head Like a Kite) and singer Asya (of Smoosh), Daydream Vacation comes on the scene just in time for summer, its hot-and-bothered beats topped off by cool, disco queen vocals. Premiering on PopMatters, the video for “Feeling That I’m Floating” finds Daydream Vacation on the top of its game musically, as Einmo’s resounding, club-ready rhythms give Asya’s pop-driven singing a foundation from which to work. Plus, it’s hard not to notice and appreciate that the twosome are having a little fun with the video. Dare Seize the Fire is out now.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Jun 2012


POPMATTERS SPONSOR—Far East Movement made their mark on the downtown LA dance scene with a sound they label as “dirty bass”, which takes elements from hip-hop and pop equally to concoct a banging sound designed to fill dancefloors. The group released their new album Dirty Bass this past week, their first full-length since 2010’s Free Wired. Below is the video for the album’s single “Dirty Bass”, as well as number of Dirty Bass Boombox Sessions filmed recently.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Jun 2012


Sigur Rós recently unveiled the series Mystery Film Experiment where a number of filmmakers produce a short film based on whatever comes into their heads while listening to the songs on Sigur Rós’ Valtari. “Fjögur Píanó” is the third in the series and was written and directed by Alma Har’el and starring Shia LaBeouf.

Basist Georg Holm says, “We really had no idea what to expect from Alma. Originally she was going to film us on super 8 in Iceland all playing the piano lines from the song, but then she rang and said she’d met Shia LaBeouf and they’d changed the idea, that was the last we heard of the concept and she told us nothing about what was going on. At first I didn’t know what to make of the video, because it is so full of ideas and confusion, but now I completely love it. It seems to have no beginning and no end, and just makes you think about what might and might not be going on. It’s a puzzle and I think it’s absolutely amazing.”

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