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by PopMatters Staff

6 Aug 2012


Antony and the Johnsons’ new album Cut the World releases tomorrow and we named it a PopMatters Pick today with a 9 rating. Enio Chiola says, “Antony and the Johnsons possess magnificent power in their live performances; they reflect such luminescent beauty to such an unprepared audience. To be witness to their true power is to see them live. If you didn’t know their new album, Cut the World, was a live album from the beginning, you’d never be able to tell. All performances, Antony’s voice, the orchestral arrangements, are all so incredibly perfect you’d be amazed that they didn’t actually spends hours upon hours in the studio perfecting every little note and melody.”

In celebration of the new record, Antony and the Johnsons have released the new video for “Cut the World” today. It stars Willem Dafoe, Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones, Valkyrie) as well as performance artist Marina Abramović.

by PopMatters Staff

6 Aug 2012


Photo: Tom Thiel

You are in for a big treat today… legendary electronic artist the Orb has teamed with iconic reggae and dub master Lee Scratch Perry to produce the full-length album The Observer in the Star House releasing 3 September via Cooking Vinyl. The tune “Golden Clouds” is a reworking of the classic Orb tune “Little Fluffy Clouds”, which keeps the ethereal waves of synths, but ups the dub and adds vocals by Perry. On 30 July, “Golden Clouds” released as a digital single with remixes and appears today on Beatport. The 81Neutronz remix that we premiere today builds the song out with layers of dubstep beats. The remixes are thoroughly compelling, building on the majesty of the original song “Little Fluffy Clouds” and adding new dimensions and elements. The video for the single is below the jump.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

3 Aug 2012


Photo: Ryan Muir for NPR

NPR’s “Live in Concert” series provided a live audio feed for the Sigur Rós concert in Prospect Park July 31, as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn summerfest. Even listening at home, listeners were transported skyward by the otherworldly music of this Icelandic band. Whether its the unfamiliar cultural landscape or Jónsi Birgisson’s angelic falsetto, this band has existed on a separate parallel plane in the music scene since 1994. The group is back on tour after four years, and those lucky to be there or in the park near the venue, can now relive the evening. For those of us outside the area, it was a treat indeed to be there in spirit and have another opportunity to experience the over hour-long set. Many songs were from the latest release, Valtari, but a clear highlight dominated with Jónsi’s contribution to the We Bought a Zoo soundtrack, “Gathering Stories.”

NPR’s link to the concert here.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Aug 2012


by PopMatters Staff

1 Aug 2012


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