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by PopMatters Staff

27 Apr 2011


Argentina’s Soema Montenegro has a haunting and virtuosic voice, one that can utter shivering hushed tones before effortlessly letting loose a plaintive wail. It’s an exceptionally powerful instrument and Montenegro is wise to fully showcase it on her recordings, matching that voice with spare and atmospheric instrumentation that allows her singing all the room it needs. La Blogoteque called her “the best singer on the whole planet” and while that might be a bit premature given that Montenegro is only now on the verge of releasing her second record, we can certainly understand and appreciate the enthusiasm. Montenegro does possess the chops to be one of the latter day vocal greats and her expansive sound seems bound for the stages of Carnegie Hall and the world’s fine concert venues. Montenegro’s second LP and first US album, Passionaria, will be releasing this May via Western Vinyl and we are pleased to present the online premiere of “Cuando Pasa” today. For an even more extensive look at this intriguing young artist, check out the mini-film from Vincent Moon’s “Take Away Show”.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Apr 2011


Death Cab for Cutie
Codes and Keys
(Atlantic)
Releasing: 31 May

Death Cab for Cutie have just put out a stream of a new tune from their upcoming album. The boys also have a bunch of international shows upcoming with Frightened Rabbit, listed after the jump.

SONG LIST
01 Home Is a Fire
02 Codes and Keys
03 Some Boys
04 Doors Unlocked and Open
05 You Are a Tourist
06 Unobstructed Views
07 Monday Morning
08 Portable Television
09 Underneath the Sycamore
10 St. Peter’s Cathedral
11 Stay Young, Go Dancing

Death Cab for Cutie - Some Boys by ATL REC.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Apr 2011


A subtitled version of the new Sveriges Television documentary on Swedish popster Robyn has hit YouTube. The entire one-hour program is available in four parts online now. If you press the little “CC” button on the video embed, you will get the subtitles.

by Cynthia Fuchs

26 Apr 2011


“My memories that I do get,” says Mark Hogancamp, “They come back in stills, just a single shot, but no context.” They remind him that he was married, lived in a nice house, and was beaten nearly to death one night outside the bar where he works in Kingston, New York. Since then, he’s learned to walk and speak again—and also to translate his experience into art. Jeff Malmberg’s extraordinary documentary tells Hogancamp’s story the way he does, using photos he’s taken of a circa WWII Belgian village he’s made up out of plywood and dolls. Marwencol’s population includes 27 Barbies and Mark’s alter ego, a U.S. soldier. Having learned that before the attack he was a terrible drunk, antagonistic and angry, now Mark wants the bar in Marwencol to be a place where everyone can drink and smoke cigarettes—Americans, Germans, and French together. “Everybody got along,” he says, “Nobody was against one another, no matter what clothing they wore.” Attentive to details in his world, Mark drags jeeps along pavement to make sure the tires are suitably worn, paints dolls’ faces and meticulously sets up situations to photograph—catfights and romances, snowy street scenes, Doll Mark’s torture by the SS and subsequent rescue by “the women of Marwencol.” If the town helps him to sort out his past from a distance, the film becomes another process, a means to self-understanding as well as wry commentary on a wider world.

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by PopMatters Staff

26 Apr 2011


Eclectic British songwriter Kate Bush has a new album releasing 16 May called Director’s Cut and she has just released the first video from the upcoming project. This is not strictly speaking new material as these tunes are reinterpretations of previous songs from The Sensual World and Red Shoes. Brit actor Robbie Coltrane also stars in the video.

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