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by Maria Schurr and Ian Mathers

14 Nov 2011


It’s November and the compiling of year-end lists is in full effect. Pity then that Friendly Fires waited until the month of eschewing the new and reflecting on the year’s bounty to put out what is easily one of the best music videos this year, in support of one of the finest tracks on their very fine 2011 sophomore release Pala. Directed by special effects whiz David Lewandowski, whose efforts were recently seen on the big screen in last year’s remake of Tron, the video has the feel of a higher-scale Daft Punk video. For the trivia hounds among us, it’s been alleged on Tumblr that lead singer Ed Macfarlane—dancing dynamo that he is—left the strutting and grinding to a(personal opinion: less sensuous)double for the video; Macfarlane was relegated to a green screen in order to have his head boxified.—Maria Schurr

One of the more stylishly heartbroken songs from Friendly Fires’ sophomore record Pala is given a goofy, kind of surreal treatment… which isn’t that surprising when you realize that it was put together by the guy who did “Going to the Store.” Like the band itself, the video is bright and happy-go-lucky enough on the surface, but there’s a little pathos poking through… and unlike the travelogue video for “Hawaiian Air”, there isn’t a happy ending. Street dancing and massive damage; not a bad representation of Friendly Fires’ music, really.—Ian Mathers

by Sachyn Mital

9 Nov 2011


Contest is now closed! Please be sure to check pick up SMiLE on compact disc or vinyl!

Coinciding with the official release of their long lost SMiLE album this month, The Beach Boys have started up a web series entitled, “Starting a SMiLE”, to discuss the legendary SMiLE Sessions. We are sharing the first of the clips below, but for the rest, please check out the official Beach Boys YouTube page.

We know you’ve been looking forward to the album so be sure to pick up The SMiLE Sessions in a variety of formats. Your options to pick up the Never-Before-Released Original 1966-‘67 Album Sessions include:
* Find SMiLE on iTunes now
* Obtain the 2 CD set of SMiLE from Amazon
* Pick up the gorgeous gatefold 2 LP SMiLE at Amazon
* Shell out for The Smile Sessions Box Set with 5 CDs, 2 LPs, a 60-page book and more at Amazon
* Browse the special packages available exclusively at TheBeachBoys.com

by J.M. Suarez

9 Nov 2011


Miami’s Forward Motion Records was founded by local musician and producer, Fernando Perdomo, as a way to bring attention to lesser known musicians from the South Florida area. While much of Miami’s music scene is dominated by rap, hip-hop, and dance, Forward Motion Records strives to showcase rock, power pop, folk, and other styles not generally associated with the area.

From the bluesy rock of Omine, to the Chris Alvy Band’s blend of ‘70s classic rock and power pop, to singer/songwriters like Tyler Bernhardt and Jill Hartmann, Forward Motion Records has a varied and impressive roster of both new and experienced musicians. Certainly, Forward Motion Records is eclectic and ambitious in scope – particularly for a label so young – yet it offers a welcome glimpse into the diversity of music in South Florida, despite its lack of wider attention.

Having celebrated its first anniversary in September, Forward Motion Records has released a digital sampler of artists that performed at a recent anniversary show held at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale.

by PopMatters Staff

8 Nov 2011


Italy’s Late Guest at the Party have been around since 2002 developing their blend of Britpop-esque rave beats. In 2007, they attracted the attention of the BBC’s Steve Lamacq who played their tune “We Were Young” on Radio BBC One and praised their demo as one of the year’s best. Fast forward to 2009 and their debut “Come Back Bobby Peru” got buzz notice again from the BBC. Now the group has descended on New York to record their follow-up album with Chuck Brody (Peter Bjorn and John, Shy Child, Bear Hands, Ra Ra Riot, Wu Tang Clan). The first single, “You Make Me Nervous”, dropped in August and today we have the pleasure of presenting the video for their latest single “Electric Bongos”, which all about striving and facing obstacles along the path to achievement. Vocalist Davide Diglio says, “this kind of struggle is somehow ironic, I guess, so we tried to transpose this kind of cruel irony in the video, exaggerating it. There we got grotesque invisible forces stopping the characters from killing each other and the result is a hilarious film noir.”

by Sachyn Mital

8 Nov 2011


Contest is now closed! Please be sure to check pick up Wish You Were Here on compact disc or vinyl!

Today marks the day that EMI releases the expanded editions of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and the best-of compilation A Foot in the Door (following the earlier deluxe release of Dark Side of the Moon. To celebrate, PopMatters would like to give you a taste of the Immersion box set via a teaser video as well as a chance to win your own copy of the remasterd Wish You Were Here. But first we’d like to share some details on these expansive new releases.

From the press release:
Wish You Were Here Immersion 5-disc edition, includes previously unreleased material from the band’s 1974 Wembley dates, including a 20-minute live rendition of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Raving And Drooling” and “You’ve Got To Be Crazy,” two tracks that didn’t make it onto the original album and which were subsequently reworked to become “Sheep” and “Dogs” on the “Animals” album. ‘Immersion’ comes with an exclusive photo book edited by longtime Floyd photographer Jill Furmanovsky and a 36 page booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson. A must have for all Pink Floyd fans, the collection also includes the forgotten and unique recording of “Wish You Were Here,” featuring the legendary jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. You can immerse yourself in the Wish You Were Here Immersion Box Set via Amazon.

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