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by Dean Blumberg

23 Apr 2010


It was perhaps one of the single greatest music-related stories of the past year. In a nutshell, the story of Death includes a family punk band in ‘70s Detroit, lost master tapes, the tragic passing of one of Death"s members, and the subsequent reemergence and release of Death"s musical output after one of the children of Death’s bassist/vocalist heard and recognized his father’s voice on a Stooges-esque record at a San Francisco party.The story was captivating enough to catch the eye of the New York Times and NPR.

The three sons of Death’s Bobby Hackney, Sr. started Rough Francis, originally a tribute band to spread the music and message of Death, but now an energetic rock and roll experience in their own right. Rough Francis have recently released their own album, Introducing… Rough Francis.

As for Death, the story of music and family was enough to reunite the band.  They recently performed at SXSW and are currently the subject of a new documentary titled Where Do We G From Here??? The Story of Death.

Last month, a new trailer for the film was posted…

by Arnold Pan

23 Apr 2010


The National
High Violet
(4AD)
Releasing: 11 May

If you’ve been counting the days since 2007’s Boxer and can’t stand the suspense over its follow-up any longer, the National is streaming its latest long-player High Violet in its entirety at the New York Times. Upping the smoldering intensity of Boxer, if that’s possible, leaked tracks like the imposing “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and the haunting “Afraid of Everyone” won’t disappoint anyone who has been eagerly awaiting new material from the band. And while the new songs sound impressive in their own right, you’ll now be able to hear them in the context of the album, which is the best way to listen to a band that’s devoted to big picture storytelling like the National. For those who are a little more patient, you can wait a couple of weeks until the proper release of High Violet on May 11.

SONG LIST
01 Terrible Love
02 Sorrow
03 Anyone’s Ghost
04 Little Faith
05 Afraid of Everyone
06 Bloodbuzz Ohio
07 Lemonworld
08 Runaway
09 Conversation 16
10 England
11 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

“Bloodbuzz Ohio” [MP3]
     

by Arnold Pan

23 Apr 2010


On the strength of a few irregularly released seven-inch singles and online-only EPs, L.A.‘s Best Coast have been building up considerable buzz not only on the blogosphere, but even in the mainstream media, with glowing write-ups in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Indebted to the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac, as the homages on the group’s MySpace site attest, Best Coast’s West Coast pop is mostly sunny with a touch of June gloom. While the band is most often mentioned alongside Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls, frontwoman Bethany Cosentino’s genealogy goes a little further back: From the tone of her voice to her songs about wanting romance without the baggage, Cosentino sounds like the little sister of Barbara Manning and Liz Phair, just more adventurous than the former and less potty-mouthed than the latter. The eagerly awaited full-length debut is due some time in 2010, but here’s the official video for the summery single “When I’m With You”.

by Jennifer Cooke

23 Apr 2010


I miss regular-guy music. While I certainly appreciate arty, and theatrical, and over-the-top, sometimes I just want to rock out to some dudes who look and sound like they work a day job at Home Depot. The Gary, out of Austin, TX, fit this bill. I got hooked on their new single, “(Eyes in the) Taproom” because it reminded me of the Replacements and Uncle Tupelo and the Hold Steady, without exactly sounding like any of them. And if you can identify with songs about sitting on a crappy barstool night after night and wondering if you might just die on it, well then, so much the better. There’s a gritty, no-bullshit vibe about this band that is eminently relatable. No guyliner involved. The Gary just released their first full-length album, Logan, on Cedar Fever Records.  Find out more at their MySpace page.

The Gary
“(Eyes in the) Taproom” [MP3]
     

by Sarah Zupko

23 Apr 2010


Gogol Bordello is a long-time PopMatters favorite, as we have a serious weakness in these parts for genre-bending music that draws from many of the world’s sounds and has an international sensibility. The New York gypsy punks release their toe-tapping and butt-shaking new album Trans-Continental Hustle this coming week and “Pala Tute” is the infectious lead-off tune.

In this short video, frontman and singer Eugene Hütz discusses the band’s love of recording in Brazil interspersed with live performance segments of this hyper-catchy song. This is feel-good gypsy party music, perfectly suited to the brighter times right around the corner as summer comes and the recession fades.


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