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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
Drew Daniel continues to show off his love for heavy metal following the release of his incredible Why Do the Heathen Rage? He has now compiled a menagerie of intro and outro tracks from his favorite black metal LPs.

The Soft Pink Truth‘s Why Do the Heathen Rage? is one of 2014’s most daring musical experiments. Drew Daniel has used the Soft Pink Truth name to cover artists before, with 2004’s hardcore punk tribute Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth? With Why Do the Heathen Rage, however, Daniel takes his musical vision to even gutsier heights, offering up catchy and off-kilter electronic covers of black metal songs. Dancing could be a side effect of these tunes, yes, but there’s a much bigger point being made by Daniel, who arranged these covers to shed light on the darkest, most overlooked aspects of black metal’s history, namely its racism, sexism, and homophobia.


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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014
Driven by killer guitar riffs and its unique narrative perspective, the rollicking "Helicopter" by rock outfit Bailiff is can be downloaded here exclusively at PopMatters.

Like many bands in this Kickstarter-obsessed age, rock outfit Bailiff funded their latest outing, the genre-melding Remise, through a fan-funded campaign. Of the many tunes that came from the successfully funded EP sessions is the wickedly cool “Helicopter”, which stands as one of Remise‘s most driving moments. With propulsive, infectious guitar riffs at the forefront, the band brings a great deal of energy in the track’s concise, four-minute runtime, during which vocalist/guitarist Josh Siegel deals with some heavy lyrical matter.


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Monday, Jun 23, 2014
The deceptively cheery, Zappa-esque ditty "It Doesn't Even Matter", by the Brooklyn chamber pop band Onward Chariots is available to stream exclusively on PopMatters.

“You’d never guess it,” says Ben Morss of the Brooklyn chamber pop outfit Onward Chariots, “but I initially conceived ‘It Doesn’t Even Matter’‘, the band’s latest single, “as the dark, angry, highly bitter cri du coeur of a frustrated songwriter”. One spin of the track, and it is indeed difficult to have the notion in one’s head that it ever began with such intentions. “It Doesn’t Even Matter” positively bleeds of the sunny side of ‘50s and ‘60s pop.


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Monday, Jun 23, 2014
Jordan JAE may only have 14 years to her name, but her pop ambitions far outstrips her youth. Here you can stream the remix of her first single "Said No One Ever", by the hip-hop group Oxymorrons and the DJ duo AfterThem>.

The peppy and spirited environs of pop music are always providing DJs the world over with material to chop, splice, and revamp, a fact 14-year-old New York City songwriter Jordan JAE knows quite well. Though in the present day and age it’s become increasingly easy for young songwriters of Jordan’s ilk to record songs that might otherwise collect dust as the years of youth past by, her debut single, “Said No One Ever”, has already garnered significant attention. To further the song’s presence in the popsphere, Jordan has handed over her tune to the Queens, New York hip-hop outfit Oxymorrons and a DJ duo called AfterThem to inject some new life into her song. “I thought it would be really cool to hear other peoples take on ‘Said No One Ever’. To hear it in a completely new light and redone in someone else’s vision was really interesting and amazing.”


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Thursday, Jun 19, 2014
You can stream "Vampire on My Fridge", a song from the Iceland by way of USA group Low Roar's forthcoming album 0 exclusively on PopMatters.

Low Roar’s crowdfunded sophomore album 0 is set to be released in the coming weeks. The principal member behind the Low Roar name is one Ryan Karazija, who a few years ago moved to the ethereal environs of Reykjavik, Iceland, a place that clearly influences his music. “Vampire on My Fridge” has string arrangements that would make Sigur Rós proud. Add in a hypnotic, clanging percussion, and Karazija’s lilting tenor and you’ve got an enticing teaser to Low Roar’s latest creation.


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