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by Jennifer Cooke

3 May 2010

The hyper-pretentious ‘80s video is back!  Manchester dance-pop outfit Hurts use every trick in the vintage MTV playbook for their new clip, “Better Than Love”. It’s got the faux-arty pre-song-buildup, ala Duran Duran’s “New Moon on Monday”, the models look like Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” hotties in drag, and singer Theo Hutchcraft has the face of a Kemp brother during Spandau Ballet’s heyday. In other words, it is 100 neon shades of awesome. Find more information here.

by Sachyn Mital

30 Apr 2010

Just recently DJ Shadow launched a web radio. Shadow himself contributed the first, posted March 31st. The sixth, a contribution by OPM Records John Haput entitled “The Audio Arms Race”, was posted on Apr 26th. Shadow’s (and site staff’s) mission? “To expand the palates of music lovers everywhere.”

Welcome to My World (Part 1): Show contributed by DJ Shadow on Mar 31, 2010
The title says it all. These are the sounds that inform, comfort, inspire, and challenge me. By no means an “all-time faves” compilation, these are songs that have resonated with me strongly over the recent Winter months. Heartfelt, honest music of all genres, by artists including Image, Moreno Productions, Upheaval, and more.

The Audio Arms Race: Show contributed by John Haupt on Apr 26, 2010
Continuing on our mission to expand the palates of music lovers everywhere, we present selections from the refined mind of OPM Records’ John Haupt. This is the sound of the NWOAHM (New Wave of American Heavy Metal), including the likes of Dead Silence, Euphoria, Minotaur, and many others.

by Sarah Zupko

30 Apr 2010

Sadly, we must report that will end its service of streaming gazillions of albums and songs on 31 May. This follows in the wake of its December 2009 purchase by Apple.

Touch Reviews speculates that this may well mean that we see streaming from iTunes in the future as Apple integrates Lala’s talented tech team into their product mix. Nothing along those lines has been confirmed as of yet.

Lala never quite found a strong revenue model and it’s too bad because the product was superb. PopMatters and thousands of other websites also embedded Lala content in their articles and blogs.

Will there be a similar offering down the road by Apple itself or some new partner? Will the Spotify partnership with Facebook and iTunes satisfy the demand of US listeners? Can Soundclound grow into a true Lala replacement? As of 31 May, there will be a void in the streaming music space and we all know that generally, businesses crowd in to fill a void. Ultimately, the biggest question is: Can a free, membership- driven streaming music service ever be a profitable proposition?

by Alistair Dickinson

29 Apr 2010

DJ and world-music enthusiast Gilles Peterson takes record-collecting to another level when he visits Havana, Cuba to check out a local record shop. He made a video of his visit to this “goldmine” to help support his upcoming album of Cuban-urban music. Watch it to learn a pro-tip or two from this über-crate-digger, or to see him act like an (adorably nerdy) kid in a candy-shop.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Apr 2010

Loam Arcane
(Hidden Shoal Recordings)
Releasing: Out now

Boxharp are Scott Solter (producer/engineer for the likes of Spoon, the Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice, and St. Vincent) and Wendy Allen (Tarentel, the Ballustrade Ensemble). Their latest release, Loam Arcane, is an EP of two halves. The hallucinogenic pop of the first half springs to vivid life with opener “FanFin”, which ricochets with disorientating beats and refracted vocal melodies as if some sort of life-sized zoetrope. Sparkling single “Rainbirds” follows, interweaving ambient textures with Wendy Allen’s pure vocals, giving way to a harmonised middle eight. The melodies return, crested by sparkling, wavering tones –- and then it’s over.

In the second, more abstract and haunting, half of the EP, the stunning “The Postcard” slowly dissolves the floor from under your feet. The track plays out like a consoling friend who turns into gas just as you need them most. And finale “Who Are Your People (South Shoal)” is a marriage of rhythmic bark, distant ghosted fauna and warm, flowing synths—slow motion tribal music for electric ghosts.

01 FanFin
02 Rainbirds
03 The Postcard
04 Who Are Your People

//Mixed media

Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

// Notes from the Road

"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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