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Monday, Aug 29, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
The Jezabels is focused on producing big tunes that can accentuate the aspect of melancholy and drama in musical performance.

The Jezabels is an anthemic pop band that creates soaring, hook-filled tunes that feel grandiose and aimed for large stages. Indeed, the band is focused on producing big tunes that can accentuate the aspect of melancholy and drama in musical performance. Leader singer Hayley Mary says, “I was always obsessed with that whole Brontë-esque gothic melodramatic thing Kate Bush did… I love the performance aspect of people like Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper.” The group debuted with a series of three EPs and are now set to release their full-length, With Prisoner, on September 16 in Australia.


Today we present the US online video premiere of “Endless Summer”, a highlight from the new album. Mary says of the song, “‘Endless Summer’ is an ideal, a fantasy, the kind you can impose onto another person when you are lonely or when reality is dark and cold, like the boy in the film clip.” Check out the tune and catch the band on their European and North American tour (dates after the jump).


 


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Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Minneapolis' Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps are still rooted in folk rock, but expanding into contemporary indie rock. The catchy hooks remain, but their new sound destined to win the group a whole new set of fans, while pleasing the old ones

Minneapolis’ Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps release their latest album Little Wind this coming September 20th. The new work sees the band still rooted in folk rock, but expanding their sound into contemporary indie rock. The catchy hooks thankfully remain, but broadening their approach seems destined to win the group a new set of fans, while keeping their old ones quite happy. Smith said of the new album, “This record took a lot out of us as a band. We were in a huge transitional period when we were writing these songs and still not completely comfortable with any of them when we finally went into the studio. But because we were so unsettled with everything, the songs and the band, the record means so much more to us now because we got to see it all come together in front of our eyes and turn in to something we are all so proud of.”


Previously, Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps made the lead track of Little Wind, “Tanktop”, available for download and you can check that out below. Today, we bring you the online premiere of another new tune from the record, “Calliope”. This song is emblematic of the catchy folk-pop married to indie rock that is the new aesthetic for the group. Smith’s voice is stronger than ever and the band is super tight in their backing, evidencing a high level of musicianship. Smith says that “Calliope” “is my older brother’s favorite song. I remember playing it for him in our living room when I was first writing it and he just leaped into the air and started dancing around and fist pumping. I wanted to capture that with the production of the song—I wanted to see how much harder I could get him to rock out once he heard the produced version. I think it worked.”


Look for Little Wind and live performances this fall as Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps tour through September and October (dates below), kicking things off in Minneapolis naturally.



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Monday, Aug 15, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Tomorrow Detroit's Prussia bring us "T.S. Eliot’s drunken scribbling on a bathroom wall" in their new "Poor English" 10-inch release series.

Tomorrow Detroit’s Prussia are kicking off the release of a series of 10-inch singles with “Mediator”. This three-part series is titled “Poor English” and will roll out over the next three months while the band heads out on tour with El Ten Eleven. “Poor English” is an ambitious undertaking from a group known for tackling serious subjects underneath glossy pop melodies; in this go-around they sing tales of “suicide, misogyny, sexual vacancy, and the crippling ennui of illusory love”. The band describes it best as “T.S. Eliot’s drunken scribbling on a bathroom wall”.



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Monday, Aug 15, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Brian Eno calls Cosmo Jarvis "a new kind of person; a new kind of artist." Today we're proud to present the US online premiere of Jarvis' latest video for the anthemic and punky, "My Day", a tune with rousing choruses and sneering attitude up the wazoo.

Brian Eno recently praised the 21-year-old Cosmo Jarvis, “he is a very interesting example to me of a new kind of person; a new kind of artist.” Considering that Eno has been something of a trailblazer his entire career, it’s pretty impressive to be labeled a “new kind of artist” from the likes of him. Jarvis has a restless creative spirit that seeks many outlets, as songwriter, musician, actor and director, who has apparently already created 300 songs. He will be following up his self-titled debut with Is The World Strange Or Am I Strange?, releasing 11 October via Frame / The End Records. The new album includes the viral smash hit “Gay Pirates”, which made fans of Stephen Fry and the NME, and was intended as pro-gay sing-a-long to be sung by the “rowdy lads”. While this album is in the midst of being unveiled via singles and videos, Jarvis is hard at work directing his first feature-length film, which he also penned the screenplay for. Today we’re proud to present the US online premiere of Jarvis’ latest video for the anthemic and punky, “My Day”, a tune with rousing choruses and sneering attitude up the wazoo.



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Friday, Aug 5, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Sole teams with animation artist Dave Lando for a video "about futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil and the modern search for immortality."

Sole aka Tim Holland recently released his third album with the Skyrider Band titled Hello Cruel World, which seems particularly apropos to reference on a day following a 500-plus drop in the Dow. But really this is not as cynical as it sounds. In fact Sole sees his current music as fully embracing the artistic possibilities of the DIY sensibility and all of the personal freedom and responsibility that DIY implies. On Hello Cruel World, he and his band have teamed with a number of indie’s leading lights, including Xiu Xiu, Pictureplane, Sage Francis, and more. This new tune “Immortality” features a collaboration with animation artist, Dave Lando. Sole said of the video, “It’s a song about futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil and the modern search for immortality, we teamed up with Decadence Comics artist Dave Lando to create a pretty interesting ‘hard science fiction’ animation.”



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