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by Steve Jansen

12 Jul 2012


While the title filled me with immediate dread (given Michael’s serious bout of pneumonia last year), suggesting this was going to be some cloying pop star confessional (overlooking as I am, various lines about music, along with the power of his fans’ prayers, saving him) “White Light” isn’t the worst Michael effort committed to binary. 

Part Giorgio Moroder, with a hint of Pet Shop Boys, “White Light” dances in similar territory to the more electro experiments on 2004’s Patience album. There’s also fair use of Michael’s recent penchant for the Vocoder. (Few caught last year’s True Faith New Order cover, but once over the shock of an entire vocal varied through said device, Michael’s interpretation was really rather fine.)

by Alan Ranta

11 Jul 2012


Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra is as much an anomaly as it is an enigma. The 18-piece ensemble, conducted by noted Berlin composer Daniel Glatzel, crept into the underground in May of 2009 with their Danny Elfmann-esque debut Take Off!. While that album was a genre-hopping exploration of film music, jazz and classical, lush with the live-off-the-floor sounds of a complete, authentic orchestra, their new album defies even their own expectations. Bum Bum is practically a deconstruction of everything their previous album was based on, recording most of the instruments separately and reassembling them in the studio along with the odd vocal and referential pop culture sample into forms unrecognizable. The results are more manic yet familiar than ever thought imaginable. Case in point… What exactly is the opening track “Saturn Hoola Hoop?” Is it instrumental hip-hop? Is it plunderphonic bop jazz? Is it a schizophrenic cacophony? It’s up to the listener to delve in and find their place at the eye of the storm.

by Alan Ranta

10 Jul 2012


“I call the big one Bitey”
—Homer Simpson

The next time you’re planning the maiden voyage of your town’s new monorail, you might consider Opossom as your entertainment. With their debut album Electric Hawaii set for release by Fire Records on August 7th of 2012, this New Zealand side exploration of Unknown Mortal Orchestra brothers Kody and Ruben Nielson knows how to keep things entertaining. Their first video “Blue Meanies” exposed cult-ish weirdness in the woods, while this video for “Fly” shows the kind of mishegoss and mischief they can get up to in a semi-arid mountain range with robot women and a UFO. Their sugary drum and bass pop dynamic may seem deceptively simple at a glance, but as you watch, visible becomes the barely contained paisley explosion within, bursting at the seams. Before long, you may be uncontrollably screaming, “Awesome Opossom!”

by Steve Jansen

9 Jul 2012


With so much being made of the Stone Roses reunion, and the British media bending over backwards to heap yet more superlatives onto an already precarious profile, this unofficial but revealing reunion documentary seeks to tell the real story. Along the way, the Happy Mondays reveal the truth about duking with Tears for Fears, Bez’s name; while Noel Gallagher links in the debt Oasis owes to, well, just about everyone—and everything.

by PopMatters Staff

7 Jul 2012


This past week, Blur premiered two new songs, “Under the Westway” and “The Puritan”, via a London rooftop performance. You can catch both over at the band’s website. They will be officially released as digital singles on 6 August, but you can watch the live performances all you want until then. Blur has also just released a new video of a live studio performance of “Under the Westway”.

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