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Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
"Stick To" offers a good sampling of Ace Reporter's sound, which recalls the moody drive of the National, just a little more immediate in its scale.

Ace Reporter is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Chris Snyder. Culled from what Snyder called a “threesixfive project”, which had him work on a track a day for a year is Ace Reporter’s debut album Yearling. “Stick To”, a track from the forthcoming full-length, offers a good sampling of Ace Reporter’s sound, which recalls the moody drive of the National, just a little more immediate in its scale. It helps, too, that Snyder’s melodic baritone brings Matt Berninger’s to mind and that Ace Reporter’s detailed, vignette-based songwriting flashes glimpses of the National.


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Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Bell Gardens create atmospheric, dreamy music where the songs slowly unveil their mysteries in good old analog time.

Bell Gardens create atmospheric, dreamy music where the songs slowly unveil their mysteries in good old analog time. The group is comprised of two fellows, Kenneth James Gibson (Furry Things, [a]pendics.shuffle) and Brian McBride (Stars of the Lid), who began forming their distinctive sound in early 2010. Notably Bell Gardens reject synthesizers in the creation of their enigmatic soundscapes; the tunes are made up of voices and live instrumentation (strings, horns, and piano). It’s all part of an attempt to make the music as “natural” sounding as possible while sticking to tools that were available in music studios from the ‘50s to the ‘70s. Today we bring you the premiere of Bell Garden’s latest video, “Fruitcup”, and you can also sample a recent mix the band made below.


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Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Babe the Blue OX were one of the first Brooklyn indie rock trendsetters, creating their early work in a part of town that was still a long way off from "Hipsterville".

Babe the Blue OX were one of the first Brooklyn indie rock trendsetters, creating their early work in a part of town that was still a long way off from “Hipsterville”. With a beginning in 1990, the Williamsburg-based group of Tim Thomas (guitar, vocals), Rose Thomson (bass, vocals) and Hanna Fox (drums, vocals) packed NYC clubs and created a surprising musical mix that was very nearly impossible to categorize. Of course, the band wanted it that way as they drew from disparate influences such as Captain Beefheart, the Minutemen and Prince—three other artists that are hard to place in a single genre box. Now, Babe the Blue OX has returned with their official sixth full-length LP, Guilty, which released earlier this month. Today, we bring you the premiere of the album’s first track, “Dragging the Joneses (Down to My Level)”, a tune about getting older and dissatisfaction.



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Monday, Feb 18, 2013
Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls (and boy-girls, respectively), Conquistador is in the house and PopMatters has the exclusive new track.

Visually, a shimmery, spanxy, technicolor hybrid of Lady Gaga, Willy Wonka, and Vlad the Impaler.


Vocally, a tranquil Jim Morrison-meets-Michael Stipe modulation that sounds as though it’s being whispered from atop a plush—but likely stained—leather sofa in a velvet-roped VIP corner of a thumping discotheque.


Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls (and boy-girls, respectively), Conquistador is in the house.


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Friday, Feb 15, 2013
There’s no reason to wait another two decades for the next My Bloody Valentine opus to get a satisfying fix of shoegazing harmonies, not after you give up-and-comers Panda Riot a listen.

There’s no reason to wait another two decades for the next My Bloody Valentine opus to get a satisfying fix of shoegazing harmonies, not after you give up-and-comers Panda Riot a listen. PopMatters is premiering Panda Riot’s “Amanda in the Clouds”, a syrupy sweet, densely melodic soundscape that’ll have you flashing back to forgotten Amerindie dream-pop favorites like Velocity Girl and the Swirlies. The opening track off Panda Riot’s first full-length Northern Automatic Music (Saint Marie), “Amanda in the Clouds” sets you up in the right mindset for the head rush of an album that follows.


Northern Automatic Music is out on February 19.



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