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Monday, Jan 26, 2015
British dark folk guitarist Matt Elliott is the subject of the documentary What a fuck am i doing on this battlefield, which you can now rent online.

The music of the British folk guitarist Matt Elliott (of the Third Eye Foundation Fame) has always been unrelentingly bleak. His Eastern European-influenced style, which he refined over the course of his “Drinking Songs” trilogy, reached its apotheosis in 2011’s spare and brutal The Broken Man, a gorgeous and depressive collection that foregrounds Elliott’s superb fingerstyle guitar playing. In 2013, Elliott brought a full band on board for his most sophisticated recording to date, the cheekily titled Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart. His shadowy music is equally met by his reticent public persona. Although he gives out few interviews, he is the subject of the 2013 documentary What a fuck am i doing on this battlefield, which filmmakers Julien Fezans and Nico Peltier have now made available for rent via Vimeo.


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Monday, Jan 26, 2015
Low-key bluesiness defines "Beginning of the End", a track by the Canadian folk project Astral Swans, which arose from a disturbing case of seagull cannibalism.

The Calgary, Alberta-based singer/songwriter Matthew Swann, who goes by the artistic moniker Astral Swans, declares on the title of his new LP that All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson. Though that influence does crop up throughout the record, it’s also hard to imagine that legendary country singer warbling out lines such as, “Who told the kids in the yard that they¹re mostly dust? / Now they just stay drunk / Keep getting more fucked up”. Such cynicism about the world is an undercurrent throughout All My Favorite Singers, particularly on the song from which the aforementioned lyrics come from, “Beginning of the End”. The track, built on a basic blues structure, incorporates scratchy bits of distortion amidst Swann’s bleak musings, which derive from an act of violence within nature. To hear more about this morbid story and to stream “Beginning of the End”, read and listen more below.


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Thursday, Jan 22, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
Americana hero Steve Earle returns with Terraplane releasing via New West on 17 February.

By way of preview, Earle performs one of the album’s new songs, “You’re The Best Lover That I Ever Had”, solo on a porch.



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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015
Those still wishing to lose themselves to dance through Giorgio Moroder's music, fear not: the disco legend is back with a brand new tune, as well as his first album in 30 years.

Is 74 Is the New 24? Well, the world is about to find out, as it’s the name of the first record in 30 years by the Italian electronic dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder. Two years ago, on Daft Punk’s hugely successful Random Access Memories, the world was reacquainted (and many were newly acquainted) with the legendary producer and musician through the song “Giorgio by Moroder”, a disco tune over which Moroder tells the story of his early days as a musician. With 74 is the New 24, he’ll have even more of a chance to tell his story. The first track made available from the LP is “Right Here, Right Now”, which features the lovely pipes of the Australian singer Kylie Minogue.


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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015
The beautiful and hip environs of Portland, Oregon, a catchy tune, and a duo with real chemistry... Kool Stuff Katie's "Cars" has it all.

And who says Craiglist has to be completely sketchy? It certainly wasn’t in the case of the Portland, Oregon garage rock/pop duo Kool Stuff Katie, helmed by Shane Blem and Saren Oliver. The two met over the website, and have since then forged a creative union that’s as playful and quirky as the city in which they live. With a few curveballs added, the music video to the track “Cars”, taken from the duo’s self-titled debut, could be a Portlandia sketch in the waits. But, alas, the video chooses (wisely) to focus on the rapport between Blem and Oliver—and their pretty sweet ride, too.


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