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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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Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010
Tombs is the bastard child of noise-rockers Unsane and post-metal visionaries Neurosis -- raw, heavy, progressive, and unrelenting across the board.

New York may be well known for its plentiful hardcore scene, but with so many musicians clinging to the minimalist nature of hardcore in one area, other bands will undoubtedly attempt to adapt that simplistic style into something more complex and forward-thinking over time. Tombs, the new project from ex-Anodyne frontman Mike Hill, is one such band, drawing on their roots and multiple outside influences to create a unique, appealing sound. The “minimalist” aspect of their sound comes from their raw, uncut production, similar to seminal hardcore bands like Black Flag and Minor Threat, and even approaching the levels of black metal artists such as Darkthrone at times. However, there is nothing simple about their compositions, with sound like the darkest nightmares of Gojira or Mastodon. To put it another way, Tombs is the bastard child of noise-rockers Unsane and post-metal visionaries Neurosis—raw, heavy, progressive, and unrelenting across the board.


Check out the track “Course of Empire” after the jump, taken from their upcoming collection of early and unreleased material, entitled Fear Is the Weapon (November 9th, Relapse). The band is getting ready to release a new album next summer, but until then, you can catch them on tour on one of the dates listed below the stream.


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Monday, Nov 1, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
The fourth Kaya Project album Desert Phase Remixes is inspired by the desert landscape as it incorporates field recordings from those dry locales

The fourth Kaya Project album Desert Phase Remixes is quite literally inspired by the desert landscape as it incorporates field recordings from those dry locales along with remixes from a number of top-notch contemporary producers. The remixers come from all over the world to offer up 13 tracks, with London’s Gaudi giving us the mesmerizing “Calico Stomp”.



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Monday, Nov 1, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Decidely shoegazey with swirling textures, bubbling electronics and haunting choruses, "Alphaville" sounds like a distinct ecosystem captured in digital sound.

England’s Working for a Nuclear Free City worked on their new album The Jojo Burger Tempest from a British warehouse and a French cottage and, over the course of just a few days, came up with 2,800 song ideas, so they say. The latest evidence of this prolific streak of electronic rock goodness is “Alphaville”, the record’s second single. Decidely shoegazey with swirling textures, bubbling electronics and haunting choruses, “Alphaville” sounds like a distinct ecosystem captured in digital sound.



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Friday, Oct 29, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Portland's Horse Feathers offer up a moving cover of Nirvana's "Drain You" to top off a strong year of musical output for the band.

Portland’s Horse Feathers has already impressed this year with Thistled Spring. Matthew Fiander wrote that Justin Ringle’s singing was in top form and that the album evoked the “sound of rebirth” and went on to discuss how the record ” is bracing because it refuses to wallow anymore. It recognizes all the past’s ache, and gives it a sound, but the album turns itself over to hope in the end.” The band has more in store for us this year with a superb 7-inch single releasing next Tuesday, with a moving cover of Nirvana’s “Drain You” as the A-side, backed by “Bonnet of Briars”. We are extremely proud to present the online premiere of “Drain You” this afternoon. Make sure you pick up the 7-inch release too because, you know, vinyl really does rule.



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