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by Steve Jansen

29 Aug 2012

I first caught the Gravity Drive on the soundtrack to a TV show about six months back, when the chorus of their “Cherry Ripe” track got stuck in my head. After which, nifty googling revealed them to be a duo previously picked up by BBC 6 Music, that British bastion of original new music, and starting point for breaking acts these days.

Coming on like the Beautiful South meets the Monkees, the Gravity Drive’s latest, “Push Your Luck”, is yet another infectious three-minute wonder to haunt your waking moments. Lyrically, at least, it’s a sly and sarcastic, bittersweet barb about lovers pushing each other to the edge. Yet, as an overall track, “Push Your Luck” is a wonderfully loopy, up, dizzy and dancing three-minute pop joy.

by Zach Schonfeld

29 Aug 2012

On September 25, Wye Oak vocalist Jenn Wasner will release “Curtain”, a 7-inch under the name Flock of Dimes, on Merge Records. Buoyed by thin, sweeping synth pads and crackling distortion, the track offers ample excuse for Wasner’s most swelling Elizabeth Fraser impression. According to Wasner, the song “documents the thoughtless, obsessed joy of new love.” Either way, it’s a far cry from the vocalist’s more understated work with Wye Oak.

by Zach Schonfeld

29 Aug 2012

Never thought you’d see ‘Shellac’ and ‘a cappella’ in the same sentence? Neither did we. Thanks to the magic of the A.V. Club‘s Undercover series, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, leader of black metal outfit Liturgy, has put his own spin on “Prayers to God”, Shellac’s classic scorned-lover-turned-murderer temper tantrum. The twist? Hunt-Hendrix’s deconstruction is entirely a cappella, replacing Albini’s homicidal vocal yelps (“Kill him already, kill him!”) with an eerie, chant-like tapestry of multiplying voice loops. It’s nothing like the original’s piercing guitar stabs, but it’s fascinating just the same.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Aug 2012

Photo: Peter Varshavsky

San Francisco singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero is deeply embedded within the San Francisco arts scene and she has a strong intellectual bent as well, serving as a Senior TED Fellow. Hadero’s music is known for blending elements of traditional Ethiopian folk with American folk forms and jazz. On her new album Meklit & Quinn, she teams with Quinn DeVeaux for a series of intriguing covers, including the lead-off track which is their interpretation of Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’. We have the pleasure of premiering the video today and you can read more about the filmmaker—also involved with TED—after the jump.

by AJ Ramirez

27 Aug 2012

After a period of somewhat taking Sugar for granted, the recent remastered editions of its albums have been a forceful reminder of how stunning Bob Mould’s post-Hüsker Dü band is to me. Though he lacked Grant Hart as a songwriting foil, Mould’s laser-hot focus in his Sugar work never makes me want for someone to come in and help pick up the slack. Sugar’s 1992 debut Copper Blue has always been a favorite, and ever since the deluxe edition hit it’s been receiving considerable renewed attention via my iPod.

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Emerging from My Hiatus from Big Budget Games

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"I'd gotten burned out on scope and maybe on spectacle in video games, but I think it's time to return to bigger worlds to conquer.

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