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by PopMatters Staff

2 May 2011


Black Lips
Arabia Mountain
(Vice)
Release: 7 June

Super producer Mark Ronson is behind the knobs for the latest release from Atlanta’s Black Lips. Arabia Mountain will release in early June as the band tour cross-country to promote their sixth full-length album.

by William Carl Ferleman

2 May 2011


The British actor and musician Hugh Laurie recently performed “Swanee River” and “You Don’t Know My Mind” on the BBC. In the U.S., Laurie is perhaps most recognized as the anti-social but unlikely miracle-working physician Gregory House on the hit TV series House. But Laurie also is a multi-instrumentalist, indeed a blues musician. He will release his first proper album, Let Them Talk, on 9 May in the UK.

 

by Kate Dries

29 Apr 2011


In a valiant attempt to stay hip and current (and probably because there were no Katy Perry songs left), this week’s Glee featured Duck Sauce’s “Barbra Streisand”. This bold move comes on the heels of last week’s stab at Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers”.

by Timothy Gabriele

29 Apr 2011


The self-titled debut of Friendly Fires was the choice of yours truly in PopMatter’s 2008 Slipped discs selection. Since then, the band has released an electro single (“Kiss of Life”), a split with the likeminded Holy Ghost! (not to be confused with the incredible ‘ardkore era Holy Ghost Inc.), submitted a Bugged Out mix, collaborated with Azari & III, and remixed Phoenix. All of these signs point to a more electronified Friendly Fires, but their lead single to their forthcoming Pala sounds like much of the same rock-band-as-stadium-ravers thing that defined their debut, though they’re perhaps more credible heirs to the “nu-rave” tag bequeathed upon the Klaxons (but who’d want that attacheed to them?). Nevertheless, the band has made this entertaining montage of acid’s second summer of love to go along with that single and somehow it begins to make sense.

by Imran Khan

29 Apr 2011


Dizraeli’s new track (with his band, the Small Gods), takes a breather from his usual frenetic political diatribes, slowing down his trademark spit-fire delivery in favour of a more meditative approach. Opening with a flush of baroque strings, “Million Miles” explores a moody soundscape of nocturnal paranoia and fever-dreamed eroticism. Over a rhythm built equally of hip-hop sampling and jazz riffing, Dizraeli levels rhymes of sex and death amidst a haunted wash of ghostly vocals floating in the musical ether above the groove. It’s a new direction for the artist who opted for slams and jams on his previous outing, Engurland (City Shanties), injecting his arty, rough-hewn brand of hip-hop with a coarser blend of live instrumentation. It’s like an emotional apocalypse of sound and poetry.

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In Defense of the Infinite Universe in 'No Man's Sky'

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"The common cries of disappointment that surround No Man’s Sky stem from the exciting idea of an infinite universe clashing with the harsh reality of an infinite universe.

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