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Thursday, Oct 20, 2011
In promotion of his recently released third album, Life Teachings, VP Records offers up a video to shed some light on exactly what I-Wayne means to his home country of Jamaica.

I-Wayne is one of those classic reggae personalities that feels wise beyond his years no matter what his actual age is. To most, he’s simply the guy behind “Can’t Satisfy Her”, a song about prostitution and general sexual promiscuity among women who struggle to find meaning in life outside of their bed sheets. But, as is often the case with most one-hit wonders of the reggae world, Wayne is a much more talented, soulful person than most have found the time to understand. In promotion of his recently released third album, Life Teachings, VP Records offers up this video to shed some light on exactly what I-Wayne means to his home country of Jamaica.


For a deeper taste of I Wayne, follow the jump for links to “Can’t Satisfy Her” as well as selected cuts from Life Teachings and further background on the thinking behind his latest batch of recordings reminiscent of pioneers like Burning Spear.


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Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Singer-songwriter Katie Herzig falls in love with samples and digital recording on her new album, The Waking Sleep, and shares a new remix with PopMatters.

Singer-songwriter Katie Herzig recently released The Waking Sleep and has described how she was “trying new things, getting outside of what I would normally do as an artist. It was really fun and invigorating to use samples and build tracks digitally. I loved creating like that, and it really allowed me more freedom, because I was doing something less personal, and creating for something else.” It’s a unique approach for a singer-songwriter, especially one based out of twang-loving Nashville. But then Herzig’s career has always been pretty rich and varied as she followed up 2008’s Apple Tree with a healthy spate of film and TV music work.


In recent years, Herzig has rediscovered her love of the band format. “I just love bands, and I found myself making a record that felt like that. I was listening to lots of Coldplay, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend…” Meanwhile The Waking Sleep was developed over the course of a full year while Herzig toured. “I recorded whenever I was home, and each time it felt like it was a different season of the record.” Today we present the premiere of RAC’s remix of one of those new tunes, “Free My Mind”, which could well describe her fresh approach to her music.



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Thursday, Oct 6, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Despite the wide-ranging musical curiosity and joyful adaptation of classic musical forms (soul, doo-wop, pop/punk, indie-folk), Sleeping in the Aviary remains at their heart, a pop band, offering up instantly catchy and memorable tunes.

Minneapolis’ Sleeping in the Aviary recently released their fourth album, You and Me, Ghost and are currently out on a U.S. tour, while today they are premiering two brand new videos directed by Christopher Heubach with PopMatters. The band has been mining the classic sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s and painting a contemporary sheen on them since day one. They began with the poppy-punk of Oh, This Old Thing? (2007), began exploring indie-folk on Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel (2008), and expanded into a bit of soul on Great Vacation (2010). This time around they add some doo-wop flourishes to their pop. Is this the year for the doo-wop comeback or what? Despite the wide-ranging musical curiosity and joyful adaptation of classic musical forms, Sleeping in the Aviary remains at their heart, a pop band, offering up instantly catchy and memorable tunes.


Check out the new videos below, as well as a few MP3s and the band’s upcoming tour dates.


Now we’re going to let the band’s frontman, Elliot Kozel, tell you a bit about these two new tunes from You and Me, Ghost...


“‘Talking Out of Turn’ was shot in our old practice space. Little trivia factoid. The song was written for a friend of mine the night before we started recording his album. I was trying to write him a song that sounds like Weezer. He ended up having enough of his own songs for that album so I got use it for ours. Its about a girl who I had a huge crush on that works at a grocery store and trying to get her to talk to me because she was very shy. ‘So Lonely’, Kyle Sobczak wrote in the park one day. Once or twice a week when the weather is nice me and most of the band go to the park and force each other to write a song in less than an hour. This is one of those songs. The demo version is drugged out and twice as slow. The girl sitting next to kyle on the beach is his girlfriend from ‘Karen You’re an Angel’ fame.”


 


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Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
Though he may be a New Zealander by birth and the DNA is there in his uber-pop sensibility, like so many other creative types, Spire now calls Brooklyn home.

We’ve been all about New Zealand this week with yesterday’s Sola Rosa premiere and today’s entry from Kiwi popster Simon Spire. Though he may be a New Zealander by birth and the DNA is there in his uber-pop sensibility, like so many other creative types, Spire now calls Brooklyn home. Back home, his tunes have been hits on New Zealand radio, while in the US, he was selected as one of the Top 20 artists of the year by U.S. TV Network Channel One in 2009.


Spire’s latest album, Liberate Your Love, released on September 12th and today we bring you the premiere of his latest video for the tune “Liberate Your Love”, which is catchy enough to sound like a hit. Spire says of the song, “‘Liberate Your Love’ is a call to free ourselves from our conditioning and step into the truth of who we are. The song seeks revolution in what our lives stand for -– an individual revolution that reverberates through the collective.” If you’d like a free download of the track, just head over to simonspire.com.



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Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011
Great understated orchestral folk-pop is hard to find, but Brooklyn’s Matt Bauer nails it. His new collection of tunes conjure the misty dawn of an Appalachian landscape.

Great understated orchestral folk-pop is hard to find, but Brooklyn’s Matt Bauer nails it. His new collection of tunes conjure the misty dawn of an Appalachian landscape. PopMatters is pleased to debut this video for “White Lakes” from his new record The Jessamine County Book of the Living. It was shot and edited by Matt Bauer over the course of a three month tour through 30 states. Jolie Holland provides the additional vocals, and Bauer is backed by a fine cast of other musicians to create a unique blend of hushed orchestral folk sounds. “White Lakes” creates an impression of diminished glory hoping for paradise re-gained, “White lakes in the mountains / My home, my home / They look the same as I left them / But they’re ruins in my heart.” As an added bonus, check out three tunes from Bauer, available as free MP3s after the jump.



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