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Thursday, Oct 6, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Despite the wide-ranging musical curiosity and joyful adaptation of classic musical forms (soul, doo-wop, pop/punk, indie-folk), Sleeping in the Aviary remains at their heart, a pop band, offering up instantly catchy and memorable tunes.

Minneapolis’ Sleeping in the Aviary recently released their fourth album, You and Me, Ghost and are currently out on a U.S. tour, while today they are premiering two brand new videos directed by Christopher Heubach with PopMatters. The band has been mining the classic sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s and painting a contemporary sheen on them since day one. They began with the poppy-punk of Oh, This Old Thing? (2007), began exploring indie-folk on Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel (2008), and expanded into a bit of soul on Great Vacation (2010). This time around they add some doo-wop flourishes to their pop. Is this the year for the doo-wop comeback or what? Despite the wide-ranging musical curiosity and joyful adaptation of classic musical forms, Sleeping in the Aviary remains at their heart, a pop band, offering up instantly catchy and memorable tunes.


Check out the new videos below, as well as a few MP3s and the band’s upcoming tour dates.


Now we’re going to let the band’s frontman, Elliot Kozel, tell you a bit about these two new tunes from You and Me, Ghost...


“‘Talking Out of Turn’ was shot in our old practice space. Little trivia factoid. The song was written for a friend of mine the night before we started recording his album. I was trying to write him a song that sounds like Weezer. He ended up having enough of his own songs for that album so I got use it for ours. Its about a girl who I had a huge crush on that works at a grocery store and trying to get her to talk to me because she was very shy. ‘So Lonely’, Kyle Sobczak wrote in the park one day. Once or twice a week when the weather is nice me and most of the band go to the park and force each other to write a song in less than an hour. This is one of those songs. The demo version is drugged out and twice as slow. The girl sitting next to kyle on the beach is his girlfriend from ‘Karen You’re an Angel’ fame.”


 


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Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Though he may be a New Zealander by birth and the DNA is there in his uber-pop sensibility, like so many other creative types, Spire now calls Brooklyn home.

We’ve been all about New Zealand this week with yesterday’s Sola Rosa premiere and today’s entry from Kiwi popster Simon Spire. Though he may be a New Zealander by birth and the DNA is there in his uber-pop sensibility, like so many other creative types, Spire now calls Brooklyn home. Back home, his tunes have been hits on New Zealand radio, while in the US, he was selected as one of the Top 20 artists of the year by U.S. TV Network Channel One in 2009.


Spire’s latest album, Liberate Your Love, released on September 12th and today we bring you the premiere of his latest video for the tune “Liberate Your Love”, which is catchy enough to sound like a hit. Spire says of the song, “‘Liberate Your Love’ is a call to free ourselves from our conditioning and step into the truth of who we are. The song seeks revolution in what our lives stand for -– an individual revolution that reverberates through the collective.” If you’d like a free download of the track, just head over to simonspire.com.



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Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011
Great understated orchestral folk-pop is hard to find, but Brooklyn’s Matt Bauer nails it. His new collection of tunes conjure the misty dawn of an Appalachian landscape.

Great understated orchestral folk-pop is hard to find, but Brooklyn’s Matt Bauer nails it. His new collection of tunes conjure the misty dawn of an Appalachian landscape. PopMatters is pleased to debut this video for “White Lakes” from his new record The Jessamine County Book of the Living. It was shot and edited by Matt Bauer over the course of a three month tour through 30 states. Jolie Holland provides the additional vocals, and Bauer is backed by a fine cast of other musicians to create a unique blend of hushed orchestral folk sounds. “White Lakes” creates an impression of diminished glory hoping for paradise re-gained, “White lakes in the mountains / My home, my home / They look the same as I left them / But they’re ruins in my heart.” As an added bonus, check out three tunes from Bauer, available as free MP3s after the jump.



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Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
New Zealand’s Sola Rosa (otherwise known as Andrew Spraggon in real life) has six albums under his belt and has built a big name for himself in Kiwi circles for his brand of downbeat electronic music.

New Zealand’s Sola Rosa (otherwise known as Andrew Spraggon in real life) has six albums under his belt and has built a big name for himself in Kiwi circles for his brand of downbeat electronic music. Sola Rosa’s latest album is Get It Together, which you can stream in full over on solarosa.com or below the jump right here. He’s a genre bender of the sort we love here at PopMatters, traversing soul, jazz, hip-hop and Latin, while underpinning that blend with super funky, electro beats.


Unlike Spraggon’s earlier work as Sola Rosa, he has now built out the act into a performance based ensemble with a full band for live dates. That new approach is evident on Get It Together, which includes musical help from previous Sola Rosa collaborators Matt Short (bass), Ben White (guitar), and Will Scott (drums), as well as appearances by vocalists Spikey Tee (best known for his work with Jah Wobble, Mr Scruff, and Bomb The Bass), UK MC Serocee, German-based poet and singer Bajka, and Wellington songstress Iva Lamkum. The album has already hit #1 on iTunes in New Zealand as well as staying lodged high on the Independent New Zealand Music Album Chart for four months.


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Friday, Sep 30, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Nappy Riddem has graciously given us a truly bangin' mixtape with their funked of versions of classic tunes by Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Zap Mama, Kanye West, and more, as well as their own song "Angle It".

Rex Riddem and Mustafa Akbar are the duo at the heart of performance wunderkinds Nappy Riddem. They seamlessly blend hip-hop, soul, Afrobeat, funk and reggae into a cohesive whole aimed at packed dancefloors. Next week their debut album One World Sovereignty releases via Fort Knox Recordings, the Washington DC renegade funk ‘n’ soul label. It’s a perfect home for genre-mashers like Nappy Riddem, who joyfully respect no boundaries, instead drawing from virtually every genre of the African Diaspora. To celebrate the new album, Nappy Riddem has graciously given us a truly bangin’ mixtape with their funked of versions of classic tunes by Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Zap Mama, Kanye West, and more, as well as their own song “Angle It”. It’s a perfect collection of warm sounds that’ll heat up our rapidly cooling autumn days. The full tracklist after the jump, while you can now pre-order One World Sovereignty.



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