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Thursday, Apr 18, 2013
Blood Becomes Fire, the sophomore release from New Zealand's Beastwars, is released on Destroy Records on 19 April, and PopMatters is proud to debut the churning death-march track, "Rivermen".

Blood Becomes Fire, the sophomore release from New Zealand’s Beastwars, is released on Destroy Records on 19 April, and PopMatters is proud to debut the churning death-march track, “Rivermen”. Blood Becomes Fire is set to be one of heavy rock’s most powerful releases in 2013, and reflections on the dark journeys we all take through life to death govern the album’s post-apocalyptic visions. In amongst the album’s mix of sludge metal and tumbling noise-rock runs a conceptual tale. Lyricist and vocalist Matt Hyde howls bloody murder at the gods while looking at the wreckage of a planet, scoured of hope, through the eyes of a traveler from another time.


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Thursday, Apr 11, 2013
Check out this exclusive short film by the terrific filmmakers at Southern Souls capturing country troubadour Daniel Romano playing two songs from Come Cry With Me.

Still decidedly enjoying the honeymoon following the release of Come Cry With Me, his widely-acclaimed third album, traditional country troubadour Daniel Romano has offered PopMatters a little gift. It seems that as he readied himself to head out on a tour opening for Caitlin Rose (maker of another of the very best albums of this year so far), Romano pulled his bandmates together and set up in a Toronto Legion Hall for a rehearsal. Some of the results are found here, on this exclusive PopMatters premiere: an intimate short film featuring a medley of two of the sweetest weepers from the latest album. When I asked him to describe the songs, he reminded us (in his playful, enigmatic way) that we should just let the music do the talking. Perhaps riffing on the archaic royalism of the setting, Romano quipped: “Clearly this is a medley in honour and dedication to the Queen Mother.” So, right. Come cry with him, people. Or with the Queen Mum. Or I dunno what. Maybe just don’t think about it and enjoy. We will.



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Friday, Apr 5, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Vandaveer revisit the ghastly tale of "Pretty Polly" with a haunting and gorgeously spare arrangement on their new album of murder ballads, Oh, Willie, Please....

Alt-folk outfit Vandaveer have a new album of old-timey murder ballads, Oh, Willie, Please…, releasing on 30 April via Quack!Media. These types of traditional tunes formed a sizable chunk of English and Scots/Irish folk music that later blended into bluegrass. “Pretty Polly” is an old British folk song that made it’s way to Canada and the Appalachian mountains and it’s been performed through the years by notables such as the Byrds, Ralph Stanley, Judy Collins and Pete Seeger. Vandaveer now revisit this ghastly tale with a haunting and gorgeously spare arrangement, using subtle restraint and carefully chosen notes from banjo and cello to perfectly create an atmosphere of foreboding and pain. It’s musically masterful.


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Monday, Apr 1, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Underworld's Karl Hyde steps forth with a highly poetic new solo album, Edgeland, and the project's first video.

This year is the 25th anniversary of electronic music legends Underworld, a group that has never lost the plot for even a second, as one fine album followed another over the years. Now, the act’s singer Karl Hyde is stepping to the forefront with a solo album, Edgeland, created with Leo Abrahams (Pulp/Brian Eno). Hyde describes the highly poetic record as being about “edgelands where city meets scrub, where ragged ponies graze annexed fields and the air smells chemical.”


Today, we have the pleasure of premiering the first in a series of videos for Edgeland; stay tuned to PopMatters for the rest of Hyde’s videos over the coming months as we are premiering the entire lot.


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Monday, Apr 1, 2013
"Albatross” shows that Seattle's Jetman Jet Team is a band that’s starting to make inroads and fast.

Seattle shoegazers Jetman Jet Team may be relative newcomers to the noise-pop scene, but they’re definitely eager to try and find their place in some rarified company. With their debut full-length We Will Live the Space Age (Saint Marie) ready for release in a few weeks, Jetman Jet Team has already received a seal of approval from none other than Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, who apparently called the band’s music “very beautiful”. Plus, they garnered some attention for covering a track off My Bloody Valentine’s latest almost right after m b v was released. But you could argue that “Albatross”, premiering on PopMatters, is a better tribute to My Bloody Valentine, with its lush melody and bittersweet tone. Just check out “Albatross” and its accompanying video, and you’ll see that Jetman Jet Team is a band that’s starting to make inroads and fast.


Jetman Jet Team’s We Will Live the Space Age is out 16 April on Saint Marie Records.



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