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by Sachyn Mital

19 Jan 2012


Electronic Producer and DJ, Steve Aoki just released (Jan 17th) his debut artist album, Wonderland and we wanted to give you a chance to win a copy of the album PLUS a set of SOL REPUBLIC Tracks headphones! To get a taste of the album, we’ve got the video for the forthcoming single (which includes remixes from Autoerotique, Angger Dimas and Tommy Trash), “Ladi Dadi” featuring Wynter Gorden, below for your viewing pleasure. The album itself features a surprising number of cameos including Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Blink-182’s Travis Barker and CSS’ Lovefoxxx.

Wonderland is available at: iTunes with three additional bonus tracks (including one with Afrojack). Or pick up a physical copy of the album at Amazon.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Jan 2012


Seeker Lover Keeper is a new hotly tipped trio from Australia made up of three leading Aussie singer-songwriters, Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby or Sally Seltmann. All three have found critical success on their own and their new partnership is bound to be both fruitful and successful. Their new self-titled debut album is releasing this month and the ladies traveled to the Big Apple to write the record’s tunes and sing each other’s songs. Today we have the pleasure of presenting the U.S. premiere of the video for “On My Own”, starring popular Australian via London actor John Waters.

Seltmann says of the video shoot, “‘I have a fond memory of John Waters rehearsing outside on the day of the shoot. He had headphones on, and was slowly pacing, getting into character, singing along. It was a beautiful moment.” Meanwhile Blasko tells us the song itself is “about vulnerability, about trying to discover things buried deep. It was such a strange and wonderful thing to see this feminine vulnerability—in the beautiful fragility of Sally’s delivery and in the lyrics—played out by a man. You feel such sympathy for him, but you also know he’ll be ok. I like that about it.”

by Alan Ranta

17 Jan 2012


With their fourth album Queen of the Wave set to hit stores on January 31st, care of Asthmatic Kitty/Catskills, Pepe Deluxé invites you to experience one of the most brilliant pieces of genre-bending music ever created. “A Night and a Day” will be the album’s first official single, not counting the mailing list treat “The Storm” from late 2011, and they could not have picked a better track to lead with. It’s got a killer drum break and soulful vocals, right up there with the best work of mid-‘90s underground hip-hop, a bassline warp out of UK garage, guitar work that’s alternately funky and hardcore, Beach Boys vocal harmonies, and so much more. Plus, the sideshow spectacle of a video features the gorgeous Geisha Natalie Montes de Oca Robles, Miss Dominican Republic 2008, playing a witch named Anzimee as she presents sights and sounds to confound the senses, assisted by the Tibetan prophet Vol Gorro. Indubitably, “A Night and a Day” will be released along with the Bollywood surf-metal ditty “Hesperus Garden” on the B-Side, and several remixes of the title track, on January 17th. All proceeds from the album will go to a charity attempting to clean the Baltic Sea. Good vibes all around.

by Philip Majorins

17 Jan 2012


Things are about to get trippy. This video for “Nothing Is the News” introduces us to the lo-fi expanse of Damien Jurado’s forthcoming album Maraqopa. Recently premiered on Alternative Press, it signals the development of an intriguing psychedelic bent in Jurado’s new work. Clean electric guitar riffs swirl as a narrative of two lovers in danger unfolds among muted vacant buildings. The video was directed by Nathan Vollmar and produced by William Winchester Claytor. Fans can catch Jurado live on an upcoming North American tour with Jagjaguwar’s Peter Wolf Crier.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

16 Jan 2012


Phantogram

Here’s to the New Year and the new music to be investigated as always. Many of the picks for this playlist were found by investigating annual lists of top songs from 2011, revisiting bands if needed. The end of the year brought new releases from the Black Keys and Florence + the Machine to explore along with many other diverse groups on the scene.

1. “Don’t Move”—Phantogram
2. “16 Years” – Phantogram

Phantogram hail from upstate New York, a band consisting of two friends since middle school in Saratoga Springs. Keyboardist Sarah Barthel’s vocals flow over electronic beats and guitar parts by Josh Carter. The band name, referring to psychedelic optical illusions, could also allude to the rich, multi-layered sound by this indie pop duo. These songs are off their EP, Nightlife.

Winter 2012 Playlist by JaneJS on Grooveshark
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