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by Jane Jansen Seymour

14 Sep 2012

In anticipation of the second full length album due in November, The Inner Mansions, Teen Daze has released a new single called “Union”. The song features a performance by Frankie Rose of the Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts. After a quick blast of guitar fuzz, buried vocals float along with a rock backbeat before it all drops out for an acoustic solo. Things slowly build again in a soundscape of shimmering synths until a final wall of decaying notes.

Teen Daze is the project of Vancouver music producer Jamison and two tracks from his first album, All of Us, Together, were recently picked for the PopMatters Summer 2012 New Music Playlist. The dreamy instrumentals “Brooklyn Sunburn” and “Hold” provided the perfect space out vibe to end another playlist. Teen Daze will also be in NYC during the CMJ Music Festival on October 16 at Pianos (Lefse Records Showcase) and October 18 at Glasslands (Force Field PR Showcase).

by PopMatters Staff

13 Sep 2012

My Jerusalem founder and singer Jeff Klein describes the Austin band’s latest album—Preachers releasing 9 October via the End Records— as “a darker record. So much had changed since Gone For Good. We’d all kind of been through hell and back again in different ways, and this was the natural artistic result of all of that.  But I think it’s a beautiful, comforting darkness. It’s real, but not selfish.”

The band has done well in the last two years with an appearance on BBC Radio 6, many festival appearances and a “Song of the Day” selection by Spinner. Klein says that My Jerusalem is “Post-Modern Southern Gothic Soul” and there really couldn’t be a more perfect description for the haunting, jaggedy edge of their tunes. Case in point is “Mono”, which we premiere today, the fourth track on the upcoming record.

by PopMatters Staff

12 Sep 2012

Download the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix (Unedited) as an MP3.

The full track list and the original edited stream is below the jump.

by PopMatters Staff

11 Sep 2012

by Sachyn Mital

7 Sep 2012

Photo Credit: Louis Ramos

Okay PopMatters readers, we have another exciting contest for you! For those of you not in the know, Strung Out have just embarked on the second leg of their tour with The Swellers. They are out on the road playing two of their albums, Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted by Design, in full at venues all along the South and back West home to California for the next month. Strung Out have played on the Warped Tour but this is your chance to see them in a more intimate setting. Tour dates are posted below for you to check out.

In the meantime, the band has been gracious enough to offer PopMatters several albums to give away AND one lucky reader will also get a Washburn X10 Guitar AUTOGRAPHED by the band! As Strung Out is performing Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted By Design, they’ve offered up both albums on compact as prizes. From all eligible entries, two readers will win a copy of both albums. A third winner will get also get the awesome guitar as well as the Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted By Design albums on compact disc! Keep reading to find out how to enter for your chance to win.

//Mixed media

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// Sound Affects

"With their debut, the Norwegian duo essentially provided the everyman's guide to electronic music.

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