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Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012
Comprising a one-man band, Shawn Foree uses drum machines, keyboards and vocals to create a sound that echoes '70s and '80s synthpunk.

Shawn Foree has come a long way from recording albums in his bedroom. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in American Literature, Foree at one point took out college loans to buy studio equipment so he could pursue his musical project, Digital Leather. As Digital Leather, Foree has become a well-received artist that not only tours internationally, but also has produced albums with labels like Tic Tac Totally, Shattered Records, and FDH Records. As a one-man band, Foree uses drum machines, keyboards and vocals to create a sound that echoes ‘70s and ‘80s synthpunk.


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Monday, Mar 5, 2012
Check out Anathema's new single from Weather Systems, “Untouchable part 1”, making its premiere here on PopMatters.

Anathema began in Liverpool in 1990 as a death metal pioneer, their first label-released album was The Crestfallen EP. They’ve seen many changes in their members and even direction of their sound over the years, gradually trading their death metal for the alternative rock vibe they now feature. Anathema has produced over 11 records, their most recent effort, We’re Here Because We’re Here, which came out in 2010, is followed by Weather Systems, out April 24 through End Records. Producer Steven Wilson went so far as to describe We’re Here Because We’re Here as “definitely among the best albums I’ve had the pleasure to work on”.


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Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012
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Wonderful World" has new colorful, abstract video, which is designed to interact with DRRT's album art to create something of a mini art installation.

Earlier this year, PopMatters’ Robert Alford described Lost Lander’s latest record DRRT as “an album of honest and affecting songs that seamlessly combine elements of folk and pop with an innovative use of loop-based production techniques…. The instrumentation is inspired and gorgeous throughout.” That perfectly sums up the tune “Wonderful World”, which has new colorful, abstract video, which is designed to interact with DRRT‘s album art to create something of a mini art installation. DRRT is a small planetarium of sorts and you can watch this video on your iPhone, placing the phone inside the record’s artwork, which will then cast a light show on your ceiling when you flick the room’s lights off. Pretty clever.



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Monday, Feb 27, 2012
When not playing for the Dandy Warhols, Courtney Taylor-Taylor acts as the creator and writer of graphic novel One Model Nation.

You might know Courtney Taylor-Taylor from his position as the front man for popular band the Dandy Warhols. However, when not playing guitar or singing for the alternative rock band, he acts as the creator and writer of graphic novel One Model Nation. A music man by trade, Taylor designed the graphic novel to be accompanied by an album that would be released in conjunction with the comic, along with illustrative music videos. One Model Nation was conceived in 2000 by Taylor-Taylor and Donovan Leitch, whose original vision for the series revolved around a fictional German band operating in the year 1977. The pair assert that the music for the series was completed within three days, yet the final development of the storyline took over 10 years to perfect, with the finished result having only recently become available in wide release.


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Thursday, Feb 16, 2012
Though the vibe nostalgically recalls these bygone eras, the song still manages to feel very current, and practically demands that listeners make a trip to the dance floor.

Baron Von Luxxury, known to friends as Blake Robin, is a man of many talents. He wears the hats of producer, songwriter, blogger, DJ, vocalist and, having recently signed with Manimal Vinyl, the artist can now add another creative endeavor to his resume: a debut album, out 14 February, entitled The Last Seduction. Renowned for his funky electro-disco remixes of songs by artists like Hilary Duff and Dirty Sanchez, Baron Von Luxxury also operates a popular music blog called Disco Workout. He has written songs with talents like Little Boots and Bonnie McKee (who penned Katy Perry’s megahit “California Gurls”), and his work has recently been featured on a variety of TV shows, such as The Hills and CSI: Miami.


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