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Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
Keegan DeWitt gets ready to release a limited edition 7" of his new single: the bouncy, dance-inflected "Two Hearts".

Nashville singer-songwriter and noted film composer Keegan DeWitt spent this past summer on the road in support of his Nothing Shows EP (which received an enthusiastic review from PopMatters). Inspired by the driving energy of his live shows, he hit the studio, recording a new single, “Two Hearts”, set to release December 14 as a limited edition 7” single. “Two Hearts” is a fine example of bouncy, ebullient pop, featuring a catchy chorus and a feeling of tenderness often lacking in dance-inflected music of this kind. The single is backed by “Reluctance”, which features vocals from Isaaca Byrd of the Bridges. Hear an exclusive stream of “Two Hearts” below (and be sure to pony up for the vinyl if you like it!)



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Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010
For Your Consideration: Best Supporting Actress 2010: Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom.

Oscar has an affinity for Australian actors when it comes to giving up the gold: Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger, and Geoffrey Rush among the recent winners from down under. Animal Kingdom‘s Jacki Weaver, who is appearing in the Sydney Theater’s production of Uncle Vanya, is positioned to be the next performer to uphold the tradition this year for her bravura turn in the noirish film.


Playing Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody, the cunningly sweet matriarch with a heart of steel, Weaver seems to be shoe-in for an impending slew of trophies and critical hosannas. But will Academy voters bite? History is on Weaver’s side, Aussie heritage aside, playing a variation of the bad mother trope has won the top prize for Jo Van Fleet (East of Eden), Shelley Winters (A Patch of Blue), and most recently, Mo’Nique (Precious). If I were a Best Supporting Actress contender, I’d watch my back.


Check out this exclusive scene from Animal Kingdom to see Weaver in full-throttle action. It would work perfectly as an Oscar clip as well.



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Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010
The Oxford trio gives a nod to the English math rock scene they emerged from by offering up a quick flash of fusion guitar before switching gears and melting together the sunnier sides of indie rock with early African pop sounds.

On Jonquil’s “Get Up”, the Oxford trio gives a nod to the English math rock scene they emerged from by offering up a quick flash of fusion guitar before switching gears and melting together the sunnier sides of indie rock with early African pop sounds. To boot, the polyrhythm/pop combination isn’t a gimmicky affair but an affectionate warm homage to the sounds mined by Paul Simon on his album The Rhythm of the Saints. Once a six-piece outfit, Jonquil is now comprised of Hugo Manuel, Sam Hudson Scott and Robin McDiarmin. You can catch Jonquil’s live show at the dates listed below.


“Get Up” is Jonquil’s lead single for their One Hundred Suns EP, which drops today in the U.S. on Dovecote Records.


TOUR DATES
11/17/10 – The Harley (Sheffield, UK)
11/18/10 – Cardiff Arts Institute (Cardiff, UK)
11/19/10 – Jericho (Oxford, UK)
11/20/10 – Spanky Van Dyke’s (Nottingham, UK)
11/24/10 – CAMP (London, UK)
12/09/10 – The Courtyard (Yorkshire, UK)


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Friday, Nov 12, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
"Introspective, jazzy pop, but the through-line in all of Jesse Harris' work seems to be a pared-down, unfussy approach to music that clearly comes from the heart."

Jesse Harris largely pays the bills playing guitar for Norah Jones, but he’s also an accomplished solo artist in his own right. This past August, the New York singer-songwriter gave us Through the Night, which PopMatters’ Jennifer Cooke described as “introspective, jazzy pop, but the through-line in all of his work seems to be a pared-down, unfussy approach to music that clearly comes from the heart.” Today, we offer an exclusive download from the album, the über mellow “It’s a Long Way Just to Say Hello”, with the lovely Brazilian jazz touches.



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Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Bear in Heaven's Jon Philpot: "Tropics amazed us. They opened up our song "You Do You" like the retractable roof of an arena. It's slow and bumping. It's kinda like Phil Collins."

This past 14th of September, Hometapes re-released the critically acclaimed 2009 release, Beast Rest Forth Mouth, by Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven. The re-issue includes a bonus CD of remixes (track list below) from the likes of Twin Shadow, Justin K. Broadrick, The Field, and more. Today, we present the online premiere of Tropics’ retake on “You Do You”. Frontman Jon Philpot says of this new interpretation of their tune: “Sometimes somebody will come along and amaze you, Tropics amazed us. They opened up our song “You Do You” like the retractable roof of an arena. It’s slow and bumping. It’s kinda like Phil Collins. Somehow this song makes me look back at 2010 with a teardrop and a smile. Get down with it and think about what you’ve done.”



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