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by Brice Ezell

12 May 2015


In his 7 out of 10 review of Tomorrow You’re Going, the newest LP by the Americana supergroup Pine Hill Project, PopMatters‘s Ed Whitelock calls it “a joy from start to finish.” Pine Hill Project, led by Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky, were joined by Grammy Award winner and longtime Bob Dylan sideman Larry Campbell for the record, which finds them covering a smattering of songs, spanning folk traditionals to the tunes of U2.

One such cover is by the eminently cover-able Gillian Welch, whose “Wichita” stands out as one of Tomorrow You’re Going“‘s finest cuts. Now the track has a starkly shot music video to back it up, which you can view exclusively below.

by Brice Ezell

11 May 2015


Photo: Brennan Pierson

White Like Fire‘s “Crimson” is a peppy rock number defined by contrast. The verses are punctuated by sharp, staccato chords, whereas the chorus allows the song room to breathe, with longer, more spacious strums on the guitar. To further add to this contrast, White Like Fire has now added a visual dimension to “Crimson” in the form of a surreal music video. In it, images of the band jamming along to the song are juxtaposed with a colorful cast of characters, including a gaggle of people sporting animal and opera masks. Everyone looks like they’re having a terrific amount of fun, but you don’t have to feel down for not having been invited; you need only stream the video below to join in on the good time.

by Brice Ezell

11 May 2015


Photo: Ellen Arden

With the manic punk energy and zany humor of Bomb the Music Industry! at their best, Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts stage an exceptionally interesting house party in “All My Friends Are Dead”, the newest music video from their forthcoming No Better LP. Although the tune’s title may give the impression that it’s a somber affair, based on the zany antics of a werewolf trying to open a bottle of Rolling Rock with his hands in the music video, you’re likely to find laughs than tears in this song.

by Brice Ezell

11 May 2015


If one were to play a round of Jeopardy that involves completing the titles of famous records and the word “Unknown” came up, she’d likely pick Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division’s 1979 debut. That band, rather non-coincidentally, also comes to mind when the music of Morning Smoke comes through the speakers, particularly their latest single, “Unknown”. The music of Morning Smoke owes a great deal to post-punk’s biggest luminaries, Unknown Pleasures included. Whether or not “Unknown” is a tip of the cap to Joy Division only the band knows, but in the meantime these guys are certainly putting their own spin on classic post-punk stylings. With “Unknown”, there’s an added dimension of ‘90s alternative rock, that adds a murky layer to the song’s varied textural landscape.

by Brice Ezell

9 May 2015


PopMatters has had a week full of of Blur live videos, all stemming from the group’s 1 May show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. These include: “Ghost Ship”/“Song 2”, “Lonesome Street”/“New World Towers”, “Go Out”/“Trouble at the Message Centre”, and “Pyongyang”/“Beetlebum”.

Your ability to experience the show from home, however, will no longer have to be piecemeal. Blur have made the entire Music Hall performance available to stream online, Given that the show sold out in a lightning-fast 60 seconds, there’s no doubt the band felt that giving everyone the chance to see what went down is only fair.

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