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Monday, Nov 28, 2011
The Manchester roots of Golden Glow are on clear display with "The Cure".

The Manchester roots of Golden Glow are on clear display with “The Cure”. Grainy, overexposed shots of the famous red brick city, birthplace of modern rave culture, are spliced among scenes of principal singer-songwriter Pierre Hall, alone in the studio. It is quite DIY looking, while the song itself was recorded on a four-track on a no-string budget, portraying the sort of detached delivery, loose play, and frozen drums one would expect to hear from Joy Division or the Happy Mondays, as produced by Martin Hannett. It’s all very Factory Records, very Manchester.



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Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Jonathan Coulton is on a major roll of late... his new album Artificial Heart just hit #1 on the BIllboard Heatseeker Chart.

Jonathan Coulton is on a major roll of late… his new album Artificial Heart just hit #1 on the BIllboard Heatseeker Chart, meanwhile folks like Suzanne Vega, John Roderick of the Long Winters, Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants turned out to collaborate with Coulton on the record. Artificial Heart is his first full-length offering of new material since his lauded “Thing a Week” series from 2006 where he produced a new musical work each week for a year. Coulton’s latest single is the ultra catchy “Sticking It to Myself”, which features Phil Hernandez from the Elegant Too. Flansburgh, who produced the whole album, returns to film and direct this new video.



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Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
"Dig a Little Deeper" is a pure pop delight, with its "Caribbean flavour and calypso vibe, the bongos from 'Young Folks' making a welcome return during a break, and Peter Morén’s wonderfully danceable chicken scratch guitar work."

Back in March when Gimme Some was released, we praised the album as being even better than Peter Bjorn and John’s masterpiece, Writer’s Block. Zachary Houle said, “Gimme Some reveals a band that is reinvigorated, one that has remembered what it was like to make music without forcing the issue. And there’s not much more to say, except: welcome back, guys.” Time has done nothing to diminish this impression and Gimme Some continues to offer up gems, such as the latest single, “Dig a Little Deeper”. The Ted Malmros and Gustaf von Arbin directed video that we premiere today is a pure pop delight, with its “Caribbean flavour and calypso vibe, the bongos from ‘Young Folks’ making a welcome return during a break, and Peter Morén’s wonderfully danceable chicken scratch guitar work.”



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Monday, Nov 21, 2011
In these two exclusive video interviews, master chef Bobby Flay cooks up some excitement with PopMatters, submitting to a Turkey Day "lightning round", preparing theoretical Entourage dishes, and having detectives search for a "missing ingredient" ...

Bobby Flay’s name has become synonymous with great food, and that’s not just because of his numerous signature dishes.  Through his Food Network TV shows, his books, and his various media appearances, he’s shown an out-and-out love for good food, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, he’s ready to share some secrets with us.  In the midst of promoting the turkey-prep database known as Hellman’s Turkey Challenge, Flay got in front of the camera to talk to PopMatters about preparing theoretical Entourage dishes, and having detectives search for a “missing ingredient”, and then submitting to interviewer Jesse Fox’s “lightning round” of turkey prep questions ...


 



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Thursday, Nov 17, 2011
by Jared Bennett
This year finds Lovedrug reintroducing themselves to the music community. Today PopMatters premieres Lovedrug's new video "Pink Champagne".

This year finds Lovedrug reintroducing themselves to the music community. Since lead singer Michael Shepard put the group together after trying his hand at film school, the band from Nashville, Tennessee by way of Ohio, met with success in 2007 with Everything Ends Where it Starts, based on the strength of singles like “Happy Apple Poison” and Ghost By Your Side”. Their last full length project, The Sucker Punch Show includes producing credits to Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mew). The March 2012 release of Wild Blood, however, takes Lovedrug in a new direction. In addition to being the group’s first independent full length release, a “live-to-analog-tape” recording style gives Wild Blood a truer rock sound.


For a taste of what’s to come, Lovedrug released the split single “Dinosaur/ Pink Champagne” in September 2011. Shepard and company continue injecting a home grown feel to the new material; first by using a video written and directed by Shepard himself, and now, in a PopMatters premiere, with the home footage vibe to the accompanying video for “Pink Champagne”.



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