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Thursday, Apr 12, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Today on PopMatters we have the pleasure of premiering "What Kind of World". Brendan Benson says, "I think we captured an '80s, new wave sort of sound that I've always been obsessed with ala the Cars or Missing Persons."

Brendan Benson has been releasing solo records since 1996’s One Mississippi and What Kind of World, releasing 21 April via Benson’s own Readymade label, will make it his fifth. After 2005’s Alternative to Love, Benson took a break from going it alone by co-founding rock supergroup the Raconteurs with Jack White. Both Detroit artists have since made Nashville home and Benson has become a family man, hitching up and having his first child.


Of course, in Nashville has he has found a true musical family as well, as so many more have before him. On What Kind of World, these new friends joined in to lend a hand, including Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.), Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adam’s Cardinals), Mark Watrous (Loudermilk, Gosling), and Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet). The changes in his life have also led him to explore new themes in his songwriting in a more straightforward style. “I think on this record I’m saying a lot of things I never thought I would say,” says Benson. “Maybe I’m just getting older, but I don’t want to hide now in my songs, I just want to be truthful. And I’m realizing that the truth is really interesting—I’m more attracted to honesty these days than to convolution.”


Today on PopMatters we have the pleasure of premiering the title track from the new album, “What Kind of World”. Benson describes the tune as “one my favorites on the record. I think we captured an ‘80s, new wave sort of sound that I’ve always been obsessed with ala the Cars or Missing Persons.”


You can pre-order the album now via Benson’s website.



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Thursday, Mar 22, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Brooklyn's Freshkills are back with a propulsive, post-punk set with Raise Up the Sheets.

Brooklyn’s Freshkills are back with a propulsive, post-punk set with Raise Up the Sheets, released on 13 March via Bat Rabies/The End Records. To really bring their kinetic energy to life on the new recording, the band brought in No Wave vet Jim Sclavunos (Sonic Youth, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, the Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Sclavunos says, “Freshkills inhabit a dark but thrilling underworld in which relentless machine-like rhythmic intensity hammers ear-anvils at the bidding of wryly louche after-hours philosophy. They’re the visceral embodiment of power and poetry.” That is on full display in the new tune “Bigger Man,” which you can sample in original form after the jump in stream and video form, but today we bring you a remix of the song by Doctor Israel, who injects a hip-hop mixed with Big Beat vibe into the music.



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Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012
Comprising a one-man band, Shawn Foree uses drum machines, keyboards and vocals to create a sound that echoes '70s and '80s synthpunk.

Shawn Foree has come a long way from recording albums in his bedroom. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in American Literature, Foree at one point took out college loans to buy studio equipment so he could pursue his musical project, Digital Leather. As Digital Leather, Foree has become a well-received artist that not only tours internationally, but also has produced albums with labels like Tic Tac Totally, Shattered Records, and FDH Records. As a one-man band, Foree uses drum machines, keyboards and vocals to create a sound that echoes ‘70s and ‘80s synthpunk.


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Monday, Mar 5, 2012
Check out Anathema's new single from Weather Systems, “Untouchable part 1”, making its premiere here on PopMatters.

Anathema began in Liverpool in 1990 as a death metal pioneer, their first label-released album was The Crestfallen EP. They’ve seen many changes in their members and even direction of their sound over the years, gradually trading their death metal for the alternative rock vibe they now feature. Anathema has produced over 11 records, their most recent effort, We’re Here Because We’re Here, which came out in 2010, is followed by Weather Systems, out April 24 through End Records. Producer Steven Wilson went so far as to describe We’re Here Because We’re Here as “definitely among the best albums I’ve had the pleasure to work on”.


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Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Wonderful World" has new colorful, abstract video, which is designed to interact with DRRT's album art to create something of a mini art installation.

Earlier this year, PopMatters’ Robert Alford described Lost Lander’s latest record DRRT as “an album of honest and affecting songs that seamlessly combine elements of folk and pop with an innovative use of loop-based production techniques…. The instrumentation is inspired and gorgeous throughout.” That perfectly sums up the tune “Wonderful World”, which has new colorful, abstract video, which is designed to interact with DRRT‘s album art to create something of a mini art installation. DRRT is a small planetarium of sorts and you can watch this video on your iPhone, placing the phone inside the record’s artwork, which will then cast a light show on your ceiling when you flick the room’s lights off. Pretty clever.



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