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by Christian John Wikane

10 Sep 2010


After traversing the globe for the first half of 2010—including Croatia, Ireland, and Jamaica—Grammy Award-winning humanitarian Maya Azucena is finishing up her third studio effort Cry Love, slated for release in early 2011. She recently previewed a selection of songs from her forthcoming album for a sold-out audience at the Blue Note in NYC.

Maya Azucena’s next appearance will be a special acoustic set on 11 September at Joe’s Pub In New York City. The performance will be streamed live and broadcast on PeaceDay TV as a special Preview Show for the 2010 PeaceDay Global Broadcast, which begins 17 September and runs through 21 September, the official International Day of Peace.

Azucena will also share the stage with L.A.-based pop-soul duo, JohnnySwim. The Joe’s Pub show marks the official release of 5-8, JohnnySwim’s new EP. Stay tuned for a Now Hear This! feature about JohnnySwim on PopMatters in the next couple of months.

Please visit www.mayaazucena.com for updates on Cry Love.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Sep 2010


Three Mile Pilot hasn’t put out a full-length release since 1997’s Another Desert, Another Sea, a long gap that wasn’t exactly planned. The group planned to soldier on, but Zach Smith got busy with Pinback, while Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel formed the Black Heart Procession. Both of those bands have done nicely for themselves, so Three Mile Pilot was on the back burner for a solid decade-plus. In a little over two weeks, Three Mile Pilot are finally releasing their long-awaited follow-up to Another Desert, Another Sea. The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten drops on 28 September via Temporary Residence and today we are proud to present the premiere of the perfectly-titled “Still Alive” from the new album.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Sep 2010


Washington DC-based Rhythm & Culture Music released an intriguing album this week blending electronic music and world beats with something of the same sensibility as the superb Balkan Beats sets emanating out of Berlin. The Sound of Rhythm & Culture is a 14-track releasing featuring local CD music with a multicultural bent. Label founder, Farid Nouri, says “each track focuses on a particular sub-amalgamation of cultures, while holding true to Rhythm & Culture’s goal: producing music that can be played through the speakers of a club, or enjoyed in various other settings.” We have the pleasure today of presenting the online premiere of “Havana 2am” by Thomas Blondet, a veteran DJ since the ‘90s with a regular Sunday night residency at DC’s Eighteenth Street Lounge.

by Thomas Britt

9 Sep 2010


In this lively video from NRK Lydverket, Norway’s Jaga Jazzist performs “Toccata” in Tønsberg Domkirke.

by Melissa Crawley

8 Sep 2010


Living in Hong Kong, I hear the phrase “East meets West” a lot. Sometimes this is interpreted in odd ways like the television commercials for local property developments that feature Europeans frolicking in palatial homes resembling Versailles. The local music industry, on the other hand, seems to have a better handle on the concept. 24 Herbs (Ya Sei Mei) are one of the territory’s contributions to cross-border mixing of cultures. Formed in 2006, the all-male, all-Chinese group consists of six members including an actor, a music producer and a clothing designer. Their latest video is “Hong Kong/Kowloon” which is more than a little influenced by Jay-Z/Alicia Keys’ video for “Empire State of Mind”. Perhaps they’re less “East meets West” and more “East borrows West.” What do you think?

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