PopMatters is excited to share the new artist Michael Kiwanuka with its readers and hope you check out his song “I’m Getting Ready” below. He’s going to be touring the US soon so you should familiarize yourself with him now as he is playing some pretty prominent venues as well as shows during Outside Lands and Lollapalooza. We’re also excited to offer two of our readers a chance to win his new album Home Again out just this month.
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Listening to other people’s accounts of festival experiences is rarely much fun. Why watch a film documenting Glastonbury 1993, then? Well, as 2012 is one of those years in which the grandaddy of UK festivals takes a break—as organiser Michael Eavis would have it, his cows need a rest—this is as good a summer as any to remind ourselves of what Glasto used to be, before it outgrew its hippy origins to become the regulated, BBC-approved event it is today.
Glastonbury the Movie in Flashback is a beguiling trip back into the early ‘90s, soundtracked by the Orb, the Verve and Stereo MCs, among many others. The original film, released in 1996, has now been remastered and recut by director Robin Mahoney. Whether you’ll enjoy it depends on your enthusiasm for the sounds of the period, as well as your level of tolerance for blissed-out ravers. At some point, though, there’s bound to be a performance that sears itself into your memory, and in the end, that’s what festivals—or festival movies—are all about. Wait, is that Porno For Pyros? Meet you by the dodgy kebab van…
Dan Deacon‘s latest album, America releases on 28 August in North America and 27 August everywhere else. Deacon has just dropped a video for “True Thrush” off the new record. The video is centered around a game popular within the Baltimore art collective Wham City and it is co-directed by Ben O’Brien and Dan Deacon himself. Tour dates after the jump.
This September 18th, Freakwater’s Catherine Irwin is releasing her second solo album and it’s her first solo work in a decade. Little Heater was recorded in Woodstock, NY with Tara Jane ONeil (Rodan, Ida) handling the production duties. Meanwhile Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy provides guest vocals on “Mockingbird”, which we offer for download below and member of Ida join in on vox and instruments.