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Thursday, Sep 23, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
"Holdin' On" leads off Eureka and here the band gives us an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of their touring life, busking their way through the tune on their tour bus.

Rooney has been busy this summer touring their new self-released album Eureka, their third full-length album of sunny California pop with AM radio melodies and harmonies. “Holdin’ On” leads off that album and here the band gives us an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of their touring life, busking their way through the tune on their tour bus. The spare acoustic arrangement is rather nice, putting those harmonies front and center.



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Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
October sees this beguiling singer who has worked with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Ben Sollee take the spotlight with her debut album Before Lately.

Cheyenne Marie Mize may seem for all intents and purposes to be a newcomer, but she’s been working with a number of indie singer-songwriters for the past few years—Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Ben Sollee mainly. Recently Mize and Will Oldham recorded a set of 19th century parlor music called Among the Gold that is available via free download at bandcamp.com. Mize has also been touring of late with Sollee on his Dear Companion dates. October sees the beguiling singer take the spotlight with her debut album Before Lately, releasing 12 October via sonaBLAST! Records. Today we present the premiere of her video for “Friend” along with a bonus MP3 of “Best”.



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Thursday, Sep 16, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Like Working for a Nuclear Free City, Motorifik is interested playing with space and texture in their tunes, evoking a certain pastoral sensibility, as well as an obvious nod to their shoegazing forebearers

Phil Kay is a busy man… his main project, Working for a Nuclear Free City, has a new album releasing 12 October and he has this intriguing side musical partnership with French songwriter Idrisse Khelifi under the Motorifik moniker. Like Working for a Nuclear Free City, Motorifik is interested playing with space and texture in their tunes, evoking a certain pastoral sensibility, as well as an obvious nod to their shoegazing forebearers. The idea with this group was to be a bit less experimental than WFANFC and a bit more rooted in a pure pop aestethic. Motorifik’s Secret Things releases 9 November via Modern Language Recordings and we have the premiere today of the title track as well as Kay discussing the song in his own words.


Phil Kay: “Recorded 2007, from an early demo recording made by Idrisse Khelifi. Obvious Phil Spector references happened accidentally, at the time I was recording in a massive echo-ey dining room, with gives this kind of sound. The beat was probably more of an effort to create something like Jesus and Mary Chain than anything else. But when this was put against my very layered style of recording present on most things i do, it started to sound very ‘wall of sound’. Ed from Working For A Nuclear Free City played bass on this track. Contains a sample of the bass guitar crashing on the wooden floor of the living room—sounded good so we used it as a kind of explosion sound through out the track. Initially had a long intro but in the interests of pop sensibilities was cut down.”


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Thursday, Sep 16, 2010
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British rapper Roots Manuva hooks up with producer Wrong Tom for a collection of remixes of tracks from previous Manuva albums.

British rapper Roots Manuva hooks up with producer Wrong Tom for a collection of remixes of tracks from previous Manuva albums. They play about with the titles as well as the music (full track list is listed after the jump). The album, Duppy Writer, released on 6 September in the UK and is coming out 21 September in the US via Big Dada. The label has released this mini-mix sampler for the album to whet your appetite. Heavy on the dub, Duppy Writer features a new tune from Roots Manuva and Ricky Ranking called “Jah Warriors” among all the re-imagined songs.



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Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Nashville's Bad Cop play a gritty, visceral brand of guitar rock, fully embracing the nervous energy of their under-21 male beings.

Nashville’s Bad Cop play a gritty, visceral brand of guitar rock, fully embracing the nervous energy of their under-21 male beings. This foursome may indeed be quite young, but they’re already made the touring rounds several times, playing with bands like Jemina Pearl and, most appropriately, the Slits. The band is a classic power trio with all the vigor that term implies and they’ve all been honing their musical since about the age of 12, while soaking up a steady listening diet of MC5 and Joy Division. ROIR released their brand new album, Harvest the Beast just yesterday into a crowded week for new records and we’ve got the premiere today of the video for “Control”.


Soundcloud, tour dates and more videos after the jump…


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