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Friday, Aug 3, 2012

NPR’s “Live in Concert” series provided a live audio feed for the Sigur Rós concert in Prospect Park July 31, as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn summerfest. Even listening at home, listeners were transported skyward by the otherworldly music of this Icelandic band. Whether its the unfamiliar cultural landscape or Jónsi Birgisson’s angelic falsetto, this band has existed on a separate parallel plane in the music scene since 1994. The group is back on tour after four years, and those lucky to be there or in the park near the venue, can now relive the evening. For those of us outside the area, it was a treat indeed to be there in spirit and have another opportunity to experience the over hour-long set. Many songs were from the latest release, Valtari, but a clear highlight dominated with Jónsi’s contribution to the We Bought a Zoo soundtrack, “Gathering Stories.”


NPR’s link to the concert here.


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Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012
Today we posted this new list and have created a handy Spotify playlist so you can enjoy all the tunes, or mix them up as you please.

While Miles Davis will always be known for his original compositions and for genre-busting, innovative records like Kind of Blue, E.S.P., and Bitches Brew, it’s worthwhile to give another listen to the great performances of standards the trumpeter recorded during the earlier part of his career. The so-called “Prestige years” of the early and mid-1950s were especially fertile times for Davis’ standards recordings.


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Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Hot Chip's “Look at Where We Are" gets two major remixes, one from Major Lazer and the latest from none other than Four Tet.

Brice Ezell said of the original tune back in June, “Where the core of Hot Chip’s In Our Heads can be found is in the slower, more reflective tracks. “Look at Where We Are” is a real beauty, and a noticeable departure in being driven primarily by guitar than synthesizer. That song, along with “How Do You Do?” also reflects the continued lyrical interest the band has with Eastern spirituality.





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Monday, Jul 30, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Animal Collective are releasing their first single tomorrow from their new full-length Centipede Hz coming this September. "Today's Supernatural" will be available for digital purchase on 31 July, but you can stream it now.


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Friday, Jul 27, 2012
by PopMatters Staff

Tift Merritt
Traveling Alone
(Yep Roc)
Release date: 2 October


Tift Merritt has a busy autumn ahead of her with her new album Traveling Alone hitting shops both online and brick and mortar in early October. In advance of that Merritt is busy touring North America, including an appearance at the Calgary Folk Music Festival this Saturday. Traveling Alone was recorded in Brooklyn and features appearances by Andrew Bird, Marc Ribot, Rob Burger (Lucinda Williams, Iron & Wine, Rufus Wainwright), John Convertino (Calexico), Eric Heywood (The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo).


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