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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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Monday, Jun 11, 2012

Enter the heavy metal keyboard world of Larry Sievers at your own risk. He just might mesmerize you into hearing sounds you did not know exist, or transport you to worlds of magic and danger, or conjure up brave and spiritual souls. No matter. Living is easy in his tree, and you know he may be high or he may be low, but it is all right. Fantasy is its own reward with its own special kind of riches. Here be the place where reason ends and dreams begin. Watch out for dragons, especially the ones already inside of you eating away at your consciousness!



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Monday, Jun 11, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Fionna Apple's new album 'The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do' releases June 19th, but NPR has the whole thing streaming this week on First Listen. In addition Apple has just released the video for the album's first single, "Every Single Night".

Full album stream


TRACK LIST
01. Every Single Night
02. Daredevil
03. Valentine
04. Jonathan
05. Left Alone
06. Werewolf
07. Periphery
08. Regret
09. Anything We Want
10. Hot Knife


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