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Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012
Typically, when a band releases a video for their new single, they release a video for their new single. That video is often a series of spiffy, moving images that relate visually and/or thematically to the song that accompanies it, for the purpose of selling said song. Pepe Deluxé is not a typical band.

Continuing to defy logic and expectations like the noble sasquatch defies discovery, the Finnish psychedelic anomoly’s new offering for “Go Supersonic” isn’t so much a video for one of the best songs from their recent masterpiece Queen of the Wave as it is a mock advertisement for the Super Sonic Sound System, a wood panelled modular package presented by a go-go dancing marketing manager. It’s an “homage to the glorious age of Hi-Fi, when speakers were big and far apart, many people actually built their own systems and portable meant ‘with a forklift’”. As such, it has nothing to do with the album’s pop opera libretto, and the song is talked over and tweaked throughout the video, making it hard to actually hear the music the video was made for.


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Friday, Jul 13, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Taking the spare approach of Dico's new single, "Moon to Let", and adding in layers of bubbling synths, Zero 7 adds a further warmth to the song with an electronic sheen.

Denmark’s Tina Dico possesses a deep, atmospheric voice suggesting the chilly outdoor landscapes of rural northern Europe mixed with the cozy interiors of rich colors and a fireplace. In other words, her voice is perfectly suited to music that is simultaneously cool, moody and warm. So, taking the spare approach of Dico’s new single, “Moon to Let”, and adding in layers of bubbling synths, Zero 7 adds a further warmth to the song with an electronic sheen.


The “Moon to Let” EP will release on 16 July (UK), 17 July (US) and features the original tune and remixes like this one and another by Fink. Dico’s new album, Where Do You Go to Disappear?, produced in Iceland with her musical partner Helgi Jonsson, will be available on 10 September via her own label, Finest Gramophone.



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Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra is as much an anomaly as it is an enigma. The 18-piece ensemble, conducted by noted Berlin composer Daniel Glatzel, crept into the underground in May of 2009 with their Danny Elfmann-esque debut Take Off!. While that album was a genre-hopping exploration of film music, jazz and classical, lush with the live-off-the-floor sounds of a complete, authentic orchestra, their new album defies even their own expectations. Bum Bum is practically a deconstruction of everything their previous album was based on, recording most of the instruments separately and reassembling them in the studio along with the odd vocal and referential pop culture sample into forms unrecognizable. The results are more manic yet familiar than ever thought imaginable. Case in point… What exactly is the opening track “Saturn Hoola Hoop?” Is it instrumental hip-hop? Is it plunderphonic bop jazz? Is it a schizophrenic cacophony? It’s up to the listener to delve in and find their place at the eye of the storm.



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Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012
Dirty Projectors' new album Swing Lo Magellan releases in two weeks.

Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan
(Domino)
Release Date: 10 July 2012


Dirty Projectors’ mastermind David Longstreth has always stood out for his omnivorous, hyperactive imagination, which is infused in his group’s inventive eclecticism through and through. While that pioneering spirit is certainly apparent on Dirty Projectors’ latest Swing Lo Magellan, it’s channeled through more focused arrangements and subtle craftsmanship than before. Tracklist and tour dates after the jump.




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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012
Over 150 acts over four nights in NYC, many pulled from Artist On the Verge Top 100 Chart.

This time around the New Music Seminar (NMS) will present four nights of music June 17 - 20 at 17 locations around New York City. The NMS New York Music Festival is enlisting partners BMI, eMusic, Filter Magazine, Folk Alliance, OurStage, ReverbNation and SESAC, to bring emerging acts to mid-sized venues such as Irving Plaza and Webster Hall as well as smaller clubs in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The full line-up of over 150 artists is available on the NMS website, with a handy function allowing anyone interested in the concerts to narrow results by day or one of 16 genres from folk to indie, R&B or simply singer-songwriter.  All NMS Festival shows (excluding the NMS Opening Night Party) are open to the public with tickets available for purchase in advance and at the door of each respective participating venue.


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