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Monday, Apr 11, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Brooklyn's Minerva Lions offer up contemporary-psych accented pop on their debut and score a remix from a Wilco member.

Brooklyn’s Minerva Lions are a young band, having formed less than a year ago, but in that short time they have made some good friends, gaining the admiration of artists as diverse Nicole Atkins and members of Wilco and Antibalas. Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen likes the group’s contemporary-psych accented pop so much, he let them record their debut EP Great Strides, Priestess & Queen at his studio and also remixed the lead-off tune “For R.A.” Great Strides, Priestess & Queen will release this June via Dubshot Records, meanwhile those New Yorkers reading this can check out the group on April 27th at Union Pool in Brooklyn.



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Monday, Apr 11, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
One of New York's hottest producers, Joaquin “Joe” Claussell, remixes the classic sounds of Fania on a new recording.

Joaquin “Joe” Claussell is one of New York’s hottest producers and his Nuyorican pedigree combined with his mastery of the house genre made him the ideal choice for a remix project featuring old classic Fania Records tracks. On Hammock House ‘Africa Caribe’, releasing May 17th, Claussell reworks ‘60s and ‘70s tunes from the like of Lou Perez, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, and Mongo Santamaria, as you hear on the example below. Working with the original tapes, Claussell fully captures the energy of the originals, while adding a modern club vibe into the stew. His enthusiasm for the music is evident in the work and like any true crate digger, he throughly geeked out on working with the old recordings. “When the carrier came to my place with all these boxes, I had an Indiana Jones moment, like when he opens the treasure chest and the glow of gold light shines up on his face.  It was miraculous that they were still around, and the history of this stuff is just amazing,” says Claussell.



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Friday, Apr 8, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
British producers Eclectic Method have been pushing the boundaries of music and video during a long career. Their latest work is a collaboration with hip-hop legend Chuck D.

British producers Eclectic Method have been pushing the boundaries of music and video during a long career in which they’ve worked with music from diverse artists like U2, Phish, Fatboy Slim and now Chuck D. Ian Edgar, Jonny Wilson and Geoff Gamlen aren’t your average DJs or producers, as they think as much visually as aurally, and blend both into their audio-visual mixes. After their recent SXSW appearances, Eclectic Method took the stage of the Jimmy Fallon show with Copyright Criminals (video below). Their latest work is “Outta Sight”, a collaboration with hip-hop legend Chuck D that includes some self-referentiality to the artistic method in lines like “it’s not audio-visual, we living in the visual-audio age”, suggesting that imagery is now the most potent cultural form. Kotchy’s remix of the tune gives the song more of an electro edge. Contrast that with the more spare and direct original in the video below.



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Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Toronto popsters Golden Dogs recharge their creative juices on their infectious new album, Coat of Arms, releasing 26 April.

After a long cycle of touring their last album, Big Eye Little Eye, with the likes of Sloan and Feist, Toronto’s Golden Dogs seemed to be at the end of the line. The band was exhausted and their bass player, Stew Heyduk, left the group. Main man Dave Azzolini and Jessica Grassia headed back to Canada to recharge their creative juices and began crafting new material in a small garage studio in Toronto owned by their pals, Carlin Nicholson and Mike O’Brien, otherwise known as Zeus. Soon other musician friends began to join in and the band was on a roll. As Azzolini descibes, “It was very much a ‘best idea wins’ situation and the songwriter always had final veto power. It made for a very comfortable environment to make music. It was just musicians getting together to bounce ideas off each other.” The result of the creative ferment is the new album, Coat of Arms, releasing 26 April. First up is the latest single, the uber catchy “Long As You Like”, which has a brand new video that we are premiering today.



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Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011
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Austin's Britrock-esque quartet Sounds Under Radio channels the anthemic melodicism of Coldplay and Muse on their latest single "Sing", which will be heard everywhere soon in American Idol promos.

Austin’s Britrock-esque quartet Sounds Under Radio channels the anthemic melodicism of Coldplay and Muse on their latest single “Sing”. The song is so instantly memorable and catchy that it was just selected by American Idol for use in their latest promo spots. That means Sounds Under Radio is going to be getting some major league exposure really soon and will likely be playing those larger venues that their expansive sound is designed for. The band’s latest album is Where My Communist Heart Meets My Capitalist Mind, releasing 3 May, and is described by the group as “a record about people and the internal governing of the self”. Lofty stuff, but it’s good to aim high. The video for “Sing” was directed by Jeff Ray.



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