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Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Desmond Dekker is a straight-up ska legend, as essential to the genre as water is for life.

Stiff Records is releasing an exciting new limited edition box set of ten 7-inch singles entitled 10 Big Stiffs and there is a video for each of those songs and artists. Releasing 26 November as a Record Store Day exclusive, the collection highlights the very best of the hugely influential Stiff Records, which was at the center of the late ‘70s ska and punk scene in the UK. In this video, directed by noted filmmaker Nigel Dick, UK journalists and label people talk about the popularity of ska with Britain’s working class and Dekker’s place as a ska king.


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Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
INK's bright, melodic "Try What You Don't Know" offers a refreshing departure from the dark, downbeat atmospherics that's in vogue these days.

Brit electro newcomers INK must not be suffering from the post-daylight savings doldrums, not if their bright, melodic single “Try What You Don’t Know” is any indication. Buoyed by a driving, enthusiastic pace and the coed vocals of Colin Mac and Miriam Massie, “Try What You Don’t Know”, which premieres on PopMatters, offers a refreshing departure from the dark, downbeat atmospherics shading the genre INK works in. Backed by a cover of Twin Shadow’s “5 Seconds” as its b-side, “Try What You Don’t Know” comes out on 11 November in the UK and 12 November in the U.S. via INK Music.


 


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Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Austin-based Americana/rock outfit Stükenberg is set to release its third captivating album, Novella, on November 12th.

With a sound characterized by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist frontman David Stükenberg as Appalachian-Rock, Novella finds inspiration in early Fleetwood Mac’s eerie backwoods melodies and the distorted, almost-Pentecostal energy of a church service led by Rage Against the Machine. Novella‘s wildly lush narratives and darkly driven tunes immediately grab your attention and simply refuse to let go. This exciting new project was made possible by fans through a successful Kickstarter campaign.


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Friday, Nov 1, 2013
"Miracle Temple Holiness" is a timely reminder that Mount Moriah's Miracle Temple is one of the breakthrough albums of 2013.

Hopefully, you haven’t forgotten about Mount Moriah‘s Miracle Temple for those best-of-2013 lists you’re jotting down, but the North Carolina band gives you a gentle reminder of how great its February release is with the new video for the slow-burning ballad “Miracle Temple Holiness”. Earlier this year, PopMatters’ Matthew Fiander described Miracle Temple as “a lush, deeply layered, sunburst of a record”, a rich effort “that rises and falls on [Heather] McEntire’s rangy, sweet vocals and forms ridges and valleys in [guitarist Jenks] Miller’s impeccable knack for texture”. On “Miracle Temple Holiness”, Mount Moriah stretches things out a little more, moving at a molasses-like pace with a low-heat intensity that really draws out all the soulful depth out of Heather McEntire’s incomparably resonant voice.


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Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013
Blessed Feathers' Order of the Arrow is an organic affair that grounds ascendent melodies with earthy folk structures.

Of Blessed Feathers’ 2012 EP Peaceful Beast in an Ocean of Weeds, PopMatters’ Matthew Fiander wrote that the Wisconsin duo’s “hazy sounds can still be awfully substantial”. That description definitely applies to the group’s new full-length Order of the Arrow, as the ascendant melodies conjured up by Donivan Berube and Jacquelyn Beaupre are anchored by pithy folk structures. There’s an organic feel to the whole affair that comes through in the resonant, rootsy boy-girl vocals and the earthy percussion. Working with Real Estate and Widowspeak producer Kevin McMahon and Sharon Van Etten guitarist Doug Keith on Order of the Arrow, Blessed Feathers’ intimate vibe opens up just enough, covering more ground than you might expect.


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