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by John Garratt

21 Jun 2011


Lots of young jazz pianists like their Nirvana and their Radiohead, don’t they? Israeli-born Yaron Herman is no exception. His album from earlier this year Follow the White Rabbit contained covers of “Heart-Shaped Box” and “No Surprises” alongside a big helping of exception contemporary originals such as “Saturn Returns” and “The Mountain in G Minor”. But, back to Radiohead—what is it about them that make jazz pianists want to cover them? It must have something to do with Jonny Greenwood’s incredible knack for those tiny yet unforgettable passages like the main guitar line in “No Surprises”.

So, on that note, enjoy this clip of the Yaron Herman Trio performing the song at the Cully Jazz Festival from late March of this year.

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jun 2011


Captain Planet follows up his hugely successful 2009 EP, Speakin’ Nuyorican, which scored multiple TV show pick-ups, with a new EP, The Ningané, releasing next Tuesday via Bastard Jazz. The title track of the new EP spotlights the vocal talents of Congolese singer Fredy Massamba, while the tune that we’re premiering today, “Dame Agua”, is a hot Latin number spiked with pounding salsa horns and an irresistible beat. This EP is something of a teaser for more great things to come from Captain Planet later this year as he plans the release of the full-length Cookin’ Gumbo this coming September.

by John Bergstrom

20 Jun 2011


Whatever you think of veteran singer-songwriter Josh Rouse’s music, you can’t accuse him of standing pat. Usually, you might be able to look forward to a new album from your favorite artist every few years. Since his debut in 1998, though, Rouse has cranked out a new release every year or two.

Rouse has also offered a wealth of exclusive material via a subscription service through his website. Now, he is offering a free 25-track “Summertime Sampler” through NoiseTrade. You’ll need to provide your email and zip code for a download link.

The sampler includes the new song “Diggin in the Sand”, credited to Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations. The trio’s eponymous album will be out later this year. The rest of “Summertime Sampler” is made up of recent album tracks and rarer odds’n'sodds. Enjoy.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jun 2011


Nashville’s Bad Cop continue their parade of singles with the brand new platter, “Maniac”. This follows the recent “I’m in Lust With You” and “Control”, both of which we previously premiered on PopMatters. The band played NXNE this past weekend, as well as a gig in Brooklyn last week. A new 7-inch single by the band is on the way this summer. Meanwhile, we have this new video, the third that the group has produced with Nashville filmmaker Seth Graves. Bad Cop frontman Adam Anyone says the video “is about living in the South, where the people who are supposed to be watching out for you are often out to get you.” Scary stuff.

by Timothy Gabriele

20 Jun 2011


Juan Mendez is perhaps best known for his smooth, functional, and elegant techno music as Silent Servant, a member of the illustrious Sandwell District crew. Yet, Mendez was a postpunk kid before he ever got into techno. And while he occasionally does bring a postpunk sensibility to his Silent Servant work, Tropic of Cancer, a collaboration with Camella Lobo, is the place where the influence really shines. Mendez has admitted to Cabaret Voltaire’s The Voice of America as being a life-changing record, and on “Be Brave” the debt in scuzzy cold vocal effects and eerie looping minor chord guitars is so great that Richard H Kirk himself couldn’t help but repay the homage with a remix on the B-side. The single comes to us thanks to Regis’s Downwards label, the legendary Birmingham home of dark and industrial-tinged techno.

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