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Friday, Sep 7, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Ungdomskulen blend hard-charging rock with dance beats and a twist of prog rock to produce songs that have both an experimental edge and frenetic intensity.

Bergen, Norway’s Ungdomskulen blend hard-charging rock with dance beats and a twist of prog rock to produce songs that have both an experimental edge and frenetic intensity. That will be on full display when the band’s new album, Secrecy Out, releases on September 25th. The album opener “Askefast” has already hit the web and we offer the video/MP3 below. Meanwhile, today we are premiering a second track from the new record, “Facemask”. This tune begins all gentle and relaxed with a quiet voice and acoustic guitar before exploding into propulsive grooves of bass and drums with slashing guitar riffs propelling the music forward. It’s addicting stuff.



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Thursday, Sep 6, 2012
“Save Our Ship”, from Catherine Irwin’s upcoming release Little Heater (Thrill Jockey), speaks to her gifts as a songwriter who’s able to create something that’s warm and reverent.

You know how you can tell that Catherine Irwin’s alt-country musings are the real deal? Yeah, her craggy, weathered, yet resonant voice has a soulful, old-timey feel, and her blues-tinged folk picking conveys a timeless Americana quality to it. But it’s the fact that Irwin helped to define and build a genre before it actually existed that speaks to the authenticity of her work, as her band Freakwater was one of the acts that led the way for No Depression’s breakthrough in the mid-1990s.


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Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
On her new album Meklit & Quinn, Hadero teams with Quinn DeVeaux for a series of intriguing covers.

San Francisco singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero is deeply embedded within the San Francisco arts scene and she has a strong intellectual bent as well, serving as a Senior TED Fellow. Hadero’s music is known for blending elements of traditional Ethiopian folk with American folk forms and jazz. On her new album Meklit & Quinn, she teams with Quinn DeVeaux for a series of intriguing covers, including the lead-off track which is their interpretation of Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’. We have the pleasure of premiering the video today and you can read more about the filmmaker—also involved with TED—after the jump.


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Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Chandeliers are a Chicago-based art-rock group who create a lush form of jazzy, electro rock.

Chandeliers are a Chicago-based art-rock group who create a lush form of jazzy, electro rock. Chicago winters can be quite dismal—though notably the last one—and to fight the winter blues Chris Kalis, Scott McGaughey, and Harry Brenner ensconce themselves in a studio and record warm summery jams rather than grim cold weather tunes. Chandeliers draw influence from sources as diverse as Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock, and perhaps most obviously, Can. Their latest release is Founding Fathers and today we present the online premiere of the psychedelic video for opening track “New Times”. Kalis says, “as far as what I really like in today’s music, I’m into the new.. I’m into that Japanese Funk, that pop-funk, you know I think Prince is the future, among a lot of other things.”



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Monday, Aug 6, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
The Orb pairs up with Lee Scratch Perry to rework the classic "Little Fluffy Clouds" on the new single "Golden Clouds".

You are in for a big treat today… legendary electronic artist the Orb has teamed with iconic reggae and dub master Lee Scratch Perry to produce the full-length album The Observer in the Star House releasing 3 September via Cooking Vinyl. The tune “Golden Clouds” is a reworking of the classic Orb tune “Little Fluffy Clouds”, which keeps the ethereal waves of synths, but ups the dub and adds vocals by Perry. On 30 July, “Golden Clouds” released as a digital single with remixes and appears today on Beatport. The 81Neutronz remix that we premiere today builds the song out with layers of dubstep beats. The remixes are thoroughly compelling, building on the majesty of the original song “Little Fluffy Clouds” and adding new dimensions and elements. The video for the single is below the jump.



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