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Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012
Daydream Vacation is an appropriate enough name for a band that conjures up a dizzying electro-pop trip.

Daydream Vacation is an appropriate enough name for a band that conjures up a dizzying electro-pop trip. As a forthcoming review of the duo’s debut album Dare Seize the Fire on PopMatters describes it, “There’s the pop aesthetic of Matt & Kim, but the bombast and energy of Andrew W.K.” Combining the efforts of producer-type Dave Einmo (of Head Like a Kite) and singer Asya (of Smoosh), Daydream Vacation comes on the scene just in time for summer, its hot-and-bothered beats topped off by cool, disco queen vocals. Premiering on PopMatters, the video for “Feeling That I’m Floating” finds Daydream Vacation on the top of its game musically, as Einmo’s resounding, club-ready rhythms give Asya’s pop-driven singing a foundation from which to work. Plus, it’s hard not to notice and appreciate that the twosome are having a little fun with the video. Dare Seize the Fire is out now.



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Monday, Jun 18, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Sporting glorious harmonies and a sunny sheen (as their name suggests), the Sun Parade's songs display a high degree of pop sophistication.

The Sun Parade is a new group from the Northeast that have risen to the top of the regional radio charts in New England. Their tune “Need You By My Side” was named “Top Song of 2011” by WRSI 93.9 and 101.5. The band is the duo of Chris Marlon Jennings and Jefferson Lewis, who are long-time friends and thus can march in perfect musical lockstep with each other. Sporting glorious harmonies and a sunny sheen (as their name suggests), their songs display a high degree of pop sophistication. Now the two have made a video for “Need You By My Side”, which we premiere for you today. You can also catch the Sun Parade at the Plant & Sing festival in the Hamptons and the Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA.



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Friday, Jun 1, 2012
Mornin' Old Sport's tunes incorporate early 20th century vaudeville sounds into the mix, as well as bits of traditional jazz and early country string band elements.

Old timey folk is making a big comeback in the wake of Carolina Chocolate Drops’ success. Mornin’ Old Sport began life in Boston, but have recently relocated to the Bay Area where there is a thriving old time music scene of jug bands and folk players. Like so many of these artists, Mornin’ Old Sport’s tunes incorporate early 20th century vaudeville sounds into the mix, as well as bits of traditional jazz and early country string band elements. It’s a thrilling mix that is practically the version definition of Americana music as it draws from so many strands of American roots music across ethnic and racial lines. Today we have the pleasure of premiering “I Don’t Care If the Sun Don’t Shine”, a tune penned by Mack David, recorded by Patti Page in 1950, and also among Elvis Presley’s first recordings. On 10 July, the band will release their latest album, Misery Loves Co.. Scott Nanos says of the new record, “[it] is even more old-timey than the EP — basically we just keep getting more old-timey as we keep going on,’ he said. ‘Whereas the EP sounds pretty Thirties Jazz Age, this one also has an old Western swing and bluegrass tinge to it.’” Check out the tune and tour dates below.



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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Motion City Soundtrack's Go is one of the most-anticipated rock albums of the year (especially following 2010's astonishing My Dinosaur Life), and in revealing a somewhat darker side of themselves, the band share their new song "The Worst is Yet to Come" exclusively with PopMatters ...

If Justin Pierre is anything, it’s self-deprecating.


Fans of the songs he’s made as the frontman for Motion City Soundtrack know full-well the power of cutting one’s self down to size. When he sings about falling asleep to episodes of Veronica Mars, it doesn’t stand out as a cheeky pop culture reference as much as it does describe a very specific kind of loneliness that speaks to a very specific generation—a reference with is embedded with experience almost as much as it is astute observation. Even on the song “Radio, Radio: Are You Getting This?” from his 90s-rock side-project Farewell Continental, there features a long breakdown wherein the band gives voice to their own harshest critic (“I guess you can’t love everything,” the narrator sighs). So even when the band is running their own festival, working with the likes of Ric Ocasek and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger over the course of the same album (in that case, 2007’s Even If It Kills Me), or having their last album—2010’s magnificent My Dinosaur Life—get hailed as the Album of the Year by Alternative Press, you know full well that their success isn’t getting to their heads: it’s only keeping them that much more grounded.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Laid Back were part of the first early wave of musicians creating electro-pop and their music has influenced countless others and been sampled often over the years.

Fellow Danes Tim Stahl and John Guldberg began working together back in the ‘70s when they met in the group the Starbox Band and quickly departed to work on their own electronic music as a duo under the moniker Laid Back. The group found success in Europe with their first #1 hit, “Maybe I’m Crazy”, released in 1981 and 1982’s “Sunshine Reggae”, which has sold more than 20 million if you count all the compilations inclusions the tune has racked up over the years. Laid Back were part of the first early wave of musicians creating electro-pop and their music has influenced countless others and been sampled often over the years. Cosyland, releasing this week on Brother Music, is a mini album featuring rarities from the duo’s 1981 creative sessions. The songs were improvised and created with brand-new equipment, such as a Roland TR-808 rhythm box, a SH-101, a Pro-One monophonic synthesizer and a GR-500 guitar controller-and-synth. Today we offer a free download of “Cocaine Cool Extended”, which is exclusive to PopMatters for the next seven days.



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