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by Geoff Nelson

26 Feb 2013


A very promising act out of Sheffield, Blessa return with their second single, “Pale”, still firmly lodged in the gauzy sonics that sound like a never-ending loop of the roller coaster scene in Fear. The band builds layers of reverberating guitars and winsome vocals before tipping toward a punctuating chorus, most memorably turning the word “hold” into a three syllable experience. It is love in reverse, memorialized and pretty from far away. The final movement, propulsive and seasick in the best of ways, focuses on the lyric, “it was impossibly easy for you”—which maybe it wasn’t but this doesn’t seem to matter here—all forgotten in the fires of an arrangement in full self-actualization mode.

Reprinted with permission from 32ft/second.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Feb 2013


Chico Mann plays guitar with Antibalas and his solo work shares the funkiness of that band, but ups that quotient ten-fold. Mann will be showcasing his sound at SXSW this March and he has a new EP, Same Old Clown coming 4 March via Soundway Records. Meanwhile Mann’s new full-length album, ‘Magical Thinking’ comes later in March. “Same Old Clown” is a catchy bit of electro-funk sure to make your toes tap.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Feb 2013


Garth Brooks’ website normally has the typical bio, photos, etc. that you expect on an artist website, but now there’s a single huge flash image with a big “G” and an email collection field. Mysterious, that. But then Garth always was a master marketer and this looks like the execution of a start point on a marketing plan. I bet the music industry is waiting with bated breath given that Brooks is the best-selling artist in US history since the beginning of the SoundScan era, in excess of 68 million in sales. The man can move the merch and country fans typically buy more CDs than indie rock fans.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Feb 2013


Meanwhile Bowie has already offered up a second video from the record. The video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” was directed by Floria Sigismondi and features Bowie, of course, but also Tilda Swinton as his wife.

by Zach Schonfeld

25 Feb 2013


Like Heems? Like Stephen Norrington’s 1998 vampire thriller Blade? Here’s the former Das Racist’s emcee’s video for “Desi Shoegaze Taiko”, a droney, Yuck-sampling deep cut from 2012’s excellent Nehru Jackets. Spoiler: It’s just the vampire rave scene from Blade in its entirety, juxtaposed with Heems’ lines about not going to Whole Foods and “paging all the babes.”

You can (and should) download Nehru Jackets for free here.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Discusses 'Tales from the Borderlands Episode 2'

// Moving Pixels

"Our foray into the adventure-game-style version of the Borderlands continues.

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