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Friday, Jun 22, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Jonathan Caouette’s latest film Walk Away Renee documents his cross-country trip with his mentally ill mother who Caouette is helping to move.

Jonathan Caouette’s latest film Walk Away Renee documents his trip to move his mentally ill mother across the country. It’s a means of delving into the mother/son relationship, with glimpses into the past through the prism of the present. Music montages, real juxtaposed with imaginary scenes, and trippy bits paint a portrait of love and sacrifice. Caouette says, Walk Away Renee was developed from equal parts love, sweat, humility and pure happenstance. I am ecstatic that people will now be able to see what I consider the final version of this film.” The movie premiered at Cannes in 2011 and will have its North American premiere on 27 June with a screening at BAMcinemaFest as well as on SundanceNOW’s SVOD (Subscriber Video-on-Demand) program Doc Club. Today we bring you an exclusive clip from the film, as well as a set of stills.



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Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Washington DC's Empresarios have been putting out regular Soundcloud mixes for awhile now and they are always chock full of groovy, funky tunes.

Washington DC’s Empresarios have been putting out regular Soundcloud mixes for awhile now and they are always chock full of groovy, funky tunes. It’s summer too, so let’s funk it up with the latest mix the band are labeling the “Verano Caliente Mix”. The band’s personal style ranges from salsa and cumbia to house, all dancey and all steeped in deep funk. Did I mention this new mix is super funky? Well, it is and is perhaps their longest mix to date. In addition to new and exclusive music from the Empresarios, this mix also features voice-overs, introductions and commentary by Empresarios bandleader Javier Miranda. Miranda can also be heard providing live conga augmentation sporadically on this mix. You can set this thing to repeat and power an entire Saturday night summer party. Line up the mojitos and call your friends. Best of all, the whole mix is downloadable. Full tracklist below the jump.



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Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012
Daydream Vacation is an appropriate enough name for a band that conjures up a dizzying electro-pop trip.

Daydream Vacation is an appropriate enough name for a band that conjures up a dizzying electro-pop trip. As a forthcoming review of the duo’s debut album Dare Seize the Fire on PopMatters describes it, “There’s the pop aesthetic of Matt & Kim, but the bombast and energy of Andrew W.K.” Combining the efforts of producer-type Dave Einmo (of Head Like a Kite) and singer Asya (of Smoosh), Daydream Vacation comes on the scene just in time for summer, its hot-and-bothered beats topped off by cool, disco queen vocals. Premiering on PopMatters, the video for “Feeling That I’m Floating” finds Daydream Vacation on the top of its game musically, as Einmo’s resounding, club-ready rhythms give Asya’s pop-driven singing a foundation from which to work. Plus, it’s hard not to notice and appreciate that the twosome are having a little fun with the video. Dare Seize the Fire is out now.



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Monday, Jun 18, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Sporting glorious harmonies and a sunny sheen (as their name suggests), the Sun Parade's songs display a high degree of pop sophistication.

The Sun Parade is a new group from the Northeast that have risen to the top of the regional radio charts in New England. Their tune “Need You By My Side” was named “Top Song of 2011” by WRSI 93.9 and 101.5. The band is the duo of Chris Marlon Jennings and Jefferson Lewis, who are long-time friends and thus can march in perfect musical lockstep with each other. Sporting glorious harmonies and a sunny sheen (as their name suggests), their songs display a high degree of pop sophistication. Now the two have made a video for “Need You By My Side”, which we premiere for you today. You can also catch the Sun Parade at the Plant & Sing festival in the Hamptons and the Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA.



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Friday, Jun 1, 2012
Mornin' Old Sport's tunes incorporate early 20th century vaudeville sounds into the mix, as well as bits of traditional jazz and early country string band elements.

Old timey folk is making a big comeback in the wake of Carolina Chocolate Drops’ success. Mornin’ Old Sport began life in Boston, but have recently relocated to the Bay Area where there is a thriving old time music scene of jug bands and folk players. Like so many of these artists, Mornin’ Old Sport’s tunes incorporate early 20th century vaudeville sounds into the mix, as well as bits of traditional jazz and early country string band elements. It’s a thrilling mix that is practically the version definition of Americana music as it draws from so many strands of American roots music across ethnic and racial lines. Today we have the pleasure of premiering “I Don’t Care If the Sun Don’t Shine”, a tune penned by Mack David, recorded by Patti Page in 1950, and also among Elvis Presley’s first recordings. On 10 July, the band will release their latest album, Misery Loves Co.. Scott Nanos says of the new record, “[it] is even more old-timey than the EP — basically we just keep getting more old-timey as we keep going on,’ he said. ‘Whereas the EP sounds pretty Thirties Jazz Age, this one also has an old Western swing and bluegrass tinge to it.’” Check out the tune and tour dates below.



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