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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Athens, Georgia-based Kuroma make New York City the star of their new video for “In New York, Everything Is Tropical”. It features a pop art style, scenes from all over the city and direction from Adam Neustadter. Kuroma frontman Hank Sullivant explains that the video/song is “not parodic or contradictory or just referential. It is a minor and indifferent accumulation of certain trashed elements of pop and pop video, including pop parody itself. New York is a place of terror and stereotype and commercialism and art, but most importantly it is the place where these things synthesize in the most sublime way.” It’s pretty catchy too with a hooky melody and jagged chord riffs. The band is also touring with Primal Scream in the coming weeks (tour dates below).


 


TOUR DATES
2/24 - Savannah @ SCAD at the River Club
3/16 - Los Angeles @ Nokia Live*^
3/17 - San Francisco @ Fillmore*^
3/19 - Austin @ SXSW: Official Green Label Sound Party @ Opal Divine’s
3/20 - Austin @ SXSW
3/22 - Chicago @ Metro*
3/24 - Toronto @ The Phoenix*
3/26 - Philadelphia @ Trocadero*
3/27 - Washington, DC @ 930 Club*
3/28 - New York @ Webster Hall*
4/09 - Vancouver @ The Media Club
4/10 - Seattle @ Vera Project
4/13 - Fargo @ Aquarium
4/14 - Minneapolis @ 7th St. Entry
4/15 - Sioux Falls @ Nuttys North
4/16 - Des Moines @ Vaudville Mews
4/17 - Chicago @ Av-Aerie
4/18 - Toronto @ Sneaky Dees
4/19 - Montreal @ Il Motore
4/21 - New York @ Mercury Lounge
4/22 - Brooklyn @ Union Hall
4/24 - Chapel Hill @ Local 506
4/25 - Atlanta @ Drunken Unicorn
4/26 - Memphis @ Hi Tone Café
4/27 - Kansas City @ Czar Bar
4/29 - Denver @ Hi Dive
4/30 - Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge


* with Primal Scream
^ with Brian Jonestown Massacre


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Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009
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Ian Mathers said of last year’s Joan as Police Woman album To Survive that it “is probably even a little stronger as an album than Real Life, but it lacks the peaks and valleys that made the latter so compelling… But while it doesn’t quite bring one up short as Real Life did, To Survive does something arguably even more valuable; it shows that the debut was in no way a fluke, and that Joan As Police Woman are in this for the long haul. Here is the new video from that release, “Start of My Heart”. [via Interview Magazine]


 



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Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009

Morrissey continues his promotion of Years of Refusal with a stop at Friday Night with Jonathan Ross last week, performing “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris” and a jarringly heavy version of the Smiths’ classic “This Charming Man”. Ross assures the audience that, with song titles like “Black Cloud” and “I’m OK By Myself”, Morrissey fans are sure to love the new album.


Years of Refusal is out now. Here’s the PopMatters review by John Bergstrom.



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Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009

Killer tofu be damned. Odds are that over the next few years, when the world hears “The Beets”, they’ll think of these fuzzed out pop kids from Brooklyn, and not the bunch of blue-faced Beatles rip-offs from Doug


The below video, for “Walk on Your Toes”, may just feature Juan Wauters, a third of the band, but it perfectly captures the Beets’ sound.  It’s so low-fi you have to dig it up to hear it, but give it half a chance and you’ll have it stuck in your head the rest of the day/week/month. Still, guys, you might up the production values just a smidge. You’ll still have cred, and we might actually be able to hear what you’re doing.



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Monday, Feb 16, 2009

Broken Spindles is the solo side project of Faint guitarist Joel Peterson. In anticipation of his new album, Kiss/Kick, we get a video of the song “Introvert”; and although the song clocks under 2 minutes it shows Peterson’s inclination toward minimal synth-pop. Look out for the Omaha scenester on tour.



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