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Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

This past Friday the former Smiths mainman, Morrissey, stopped by the BBC London studios to play three new tunes for Janice Long’s BBC Radio 2 program. The songs, “Action Is My Middle Name”, “The Kid’s a Looker” and “People Are the Same Everywhere”, will ostensibly appear on the artist’s forthcoming album for which their is no release date set yet. [via TheNJUnderground.com]


Morrissey - Action Is My Middle Name (BBC Session) by TheNJUnderground


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Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011

The new release from Hooray for Earth, True Loves, is out this week and Spin.com has a link to listen to the entire collection of songs. Spin deemed the band one of their “5 Best New Artists for March” and is very complimentary in the accompanying write up. I had already picked the title track for my summer playlist with its fuzzed out bumps and grinding beat intro, so it was fun to preview the whole thing. This four-piece synth-pop band from Boston is now based in New York City, ready to take things to the next level. And just in case you’re wondering, the group is named for a line in the Nickelodeon cartoon Invader Zim. Streaming widget after the jump…


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Friday, May 27, 2011
Reason for hope that the world didn't end...

Here’s a playlist of tunes to keep the idea that hope springs eternal into the transition of summer. Every week in May seemed to bring another solid release into the music stream and new tunes were ripe for the picking. Enjoy!


1. Toro y Moi/Still Sound
Chazwick Bundick is the mastermind of Toro y Moi (which loosely translates to “Bull and Me”), creating electronic pop that became an integral part of the chillwave movement. (He is a good buddy of like-minded artist Ernest Greene of Washed Out from days at the University of South Carolina). This bouncy tune “Still Sound,” is off his second release, Underneath the Pine.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

The Wild Swans are one of those bands whose legend is several times bigger than its discography.


In 1982 the Liverpudlian band, led by singer Paul Simpson, released “Revolutionary Spirit”, which has been called one of the best British indie singles ever. The lineup fragmented, and the band didn’t reappear until they released the wide-eyed cult favorite Bringing Home the Ashes in 1988.


Again, there were lineup changes, with Simpson teaming up with the Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie for the psychedelic pop of Space Flower in 1990.


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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Be still, my trembling hands.

Explosions in the Sky will be spending much of the summer touring the festival circuit, as their website makes clear.  Then, in the fall, they will be launching their first North American tour in roughly four years. The dates are listed below, as well as on the homepage of their website, which could be updated with additional dates in the near future. Be still, my trembling hands.


Trembling Hands by Explosions in the Sky


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