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by Philip Majorins

5 Oct 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. 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.

by Sachyn Mital

4 Oct 2011

Our friends over at The Hype Machine have manufactured a stream of TKOL RMX 1234567, that we are happy to share with you. This disc is a compilation of all the remixed tracks previously issued on 12” vinyl over the past year and is available next week.

The 19 remixes come from various producers including Modeselektor, Lone, Caribou, Four Tet and Jamie XX. In the past week or so, the band has been featured guests on SNL, The Colbert Report and Jimmy Fallon plus put on two immediately sold out shows at the Roseland Ballroom (with Four Tet as an opener) in NYC. Because of this recent flurry of activity, we’ll also share a clip of the new song, “The Daily Mail”, for your viewing pleasure.

by PopMatters Staff

4 Oct 2011

Radiohead didn’t play as rumored at the Occupy Wall Street protest this weekend, but they did just appear on Jimmy Fallon. Small consolation to the crowds this weekend.

by PopMatters Staff

4 Oct 2011

New Zealand’s Sola Rosa (otherwise known as Andrew Spraggon in real life) has six albums under his belt and has built a big name for himself in Kiwi circles for his brand of downbeat electronic music. Sola Rosa’s latest album is Get It Together, which you can stream in full over on or below the jump right here. He’s a genre bender of the sort we love here at PopMatters, traversing soul, jazz, hip-hop and Latin, while underpinning that blend with super funky, electro beats.

Unlike Spraggon’s earlier work as Sola Rosa, he has now built out the act into a performance based ensemble with a full band for live dates. That new approach is evident on Get It Together, which includes musical help from previous Sola Rosa collaborators Matt Short (bass), Ben White (guitar), and Will Scott (drums), as well as appearances by vocalists Spikey Tee (best known for his work with Jah Wobble, Mr Scruff, and Bomb The Bass), UK MC Serocee, German-based poet and singer Bajka, and Wellington songstress Iva Lamkum. The album has already hit #1 on iTunes in New Zealand as well as staying lodged high on the Independent New Zealand Music Album Chart for four months.

by Russ Slater

4 Oct 2011

Is Vincent Moon one of the busiest directors in the music industry right now? What’s certain is that he’s one of the most unique. After recent work on DVDs for Arcade Fire and R.E.M., and alongside his normal work on Le Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows, as well as his nomadic existence travelling around the world for his Petites Planetes project, he has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new ATP film project.

ATP (or All Tomorrow’s Parties) is one of the most unique festivals in the UK, set in a holiday camp with weekends of music curated by people such as Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Vincent Gallo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and Matt Groening in the past. Vincent has been a regular at the festival, filming lots of fan’s eye view footage of proceedings.

//Mixed media

Trevor Noah on the Biracial Divide

// Re:Print

"The indelible experiences of Trevor Noah's past have been parlayed into his memoir, Born a Crime, a history of a life living under racial divide.

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