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by Benjamin Aspray

22 Apr 2010


Kids have been going bananas over Sunn 0))) for a few years now, when they’re not getting all worked up over the new High on Fire album or continuing to suck in bong-loads of Electric Wizard. Far be it from me to discourage such noble apotheosis, but considering how much this style of slow, sludgy heavy metal is indebted to the past, I’d say a little history is in order. Before forming Sunn 0))) (and starting Southern Lord Records), Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley were part of Burning Witch, which only survived for two 12” releases over a handful of years in the late ‘90s. In that brief period, they played an intestine-bursting performance on the now-defunct Seattle public-access show, 29 Live. Everything about this video is FTW: the searing feedback, the unapologetic thrash fashion, the low end somehow remaining brawny through the tinny VHS recording, and above all else, the agonized shrieking of vocalist Edgy 59 (who now spends his time imitating Trent Reznor for Sinisstar). Doom metal would get slower, heavier, and more sophisticated in coming years, but never would Sabbath riffs be as punishing or raw.

by PopMatters Staff

21 Apr 2010


John Prine
In Person & On Stage
(Oh Boy)
Releasing: 25 May

Legendary folk singer, John Prine, releases a live recording this May featuring live takes from the past few years and highlights classic songs in his long catalogue ranging back to 1971.

SONG LIST
01 Spanish Pipedream
02 She Is My Everything
03 In Spite of Ourselves (featuring Iris DeMent)
04 Long Monday
05 The Late John Garfield Blues (featuring Sara Watkins)
06 The Bottomless Lake
07 Bear Creek Blues
08 Saddle in the Rain
09 Angel From Montgomery (featuring Emmylou Harris)
10 Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore
11 Mexican Home (featuring Josh Ritter)
12 Unwed Fathers (featuring Iris DeMent)
13 Glory of True Love
14 Paradise (featuring Kane Welch Kaplin)

John Prine
“Long Monday” [MP3]
     

by Alex Suskind

21 Apr 2010


In honor of the late Gang Starr emcee, who passed this week after a lengthy cancer battle, we have collected clips of some of his greatest rhymes.

“I come with mad love and plus the illest warlike tactics
The wilderness is filled with this; so many people
searching for false lift, I’m here with the skills you’ve missed
The rejected stone is now the cornerstone
Sort of like the master builder when I make my way home
You know my steez…”
—Gang Starr “You Know My Steez”

by PopMatters Staff

21 Apr 2010


Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls and Jason Webley have teamed up for the high concept, vaudevillian project Evelyn Evelyn, touted as the “world’s first and only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo”. The music evokes another time and place, perhaps some warped cabaret or a children’s musical theatre in Weimar Germany. Webley has described the music as sounding “like something the Andrews Sisters might have recorded if they had grown up in the circus listening to new wave music.” I couldn’t have said it better.

On their new video for “Elephant Elephant”, which we proudly premiere today, that vaudeville circus element is omnipresent, channeled through a bit of Sound of Music-esque “Lonely Goatherd” style puppet theatre.

As an added bonus, check out the MP3 for the new tune “My Space” below.

Video by: Jason Webley / Produced by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley

Evelyn Evelyn
“My Space” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

21 Apr 2010


Jennifer Davis will be appearing on WNYC’s Soundcheck program today at 2.00pm EST alongside the legendary Specials discussing the history of ska. Last year she penned “The Ska Will Go On” for PopMatters where she claimed, “ska never died… it merely sank back underground to the grimy clubs from whence it sprang, while the genre’s biggest stars took time to rest, regroup, and strategize their comebacks.”

Here’s the description of the planned Soundcheck program: “Ska started as a politically volatile offshoot of reggae in the 1960s. It returned in the Thatcher-era England of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with seminal bands like the Specials and the English Beat. And it has resurfaced in the songs of groups like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Now, as the Specials and the English Beat embark on major tours of the U.S., we look at the roots of the genre and find out where it’s traveled. Our guests include two original members of the Specials and Jennifer Davis, a journalist who covered the history of ska for PopMatters.com.”

You can listen to the program online here.

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