Pianist/producer Emanuel Ruffler has joined forces with drummer/producer/rapper Kassa Overall to create the jazz duo Painting, and they’re set to release their debut EP Gravity later this summer. Additionally, they’ve teamed up with filmmaker Hideki Shiota to make a haunting, stylish new video for the composition “Inside a Cup / Unsure”, which we’re glad to premiere.
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Antonin Scalia remains the United States Supreme Court’s most famous curmudgeon. Even more attention-grabbing than his textualism are his vociferous dissents, which often evoke the classic, “Hey, you kids get off my lawn!” mentality. Such was certainly the case with Scalia’s dissent on the 26 June decision on the case Obergefell v. Hodges, the 5-4 call of which made same-sex marriage the law of the land in the United States. With lines like “ask the nearest hippie” (yes, an actual thing said in a Supreme Court dissenting opinion), Scalia made his legendarily cantakerous presence known.
Not ones to let a dissent ripe with humor go to waste. the progressive rock/metal outfit Coheed and Cambria took some choice bits of Scalia’s opinion and set it to music. This undoubtedly humorous interpretation, hosted by Funny or Die, can be viewed in the player below.
Nashville-based writer and musician Ted Drozdowski helms Scissormen, a trio that for the past decade, much like the North Mississippi All-Stars, combined the North Mississippi Hill Country blues with raw garage rock ‘n’ roll and even a little hazy psychedelia tossed in as well. Their new album, the excellent Love & Life, follows that tradition set by legends R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Jessie Mae Hemphill, only giving the arrangements an even more ragged tone. Those influences can all be heard on the album’s lead-off track “Beggin’ Jesus”, and we’re very pleased to premiere the new animated video here at PopMatters.
Back in May, PopMatters premiered the kooky and all-out fun video by the Kalamazoo, Michigan outfit Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts, “All My Friends Are Dead”. That song, a high-energy, punk-infused rock number, features on Jake Simmons & the Little Ghost’s new record, No Better. Now, PopMatters is happy to premiere the latest video from No Better for the track “Take Me With You”. Although it lacks the general zaniness of “All My Friends Are Dead”, it’s nonetheless a fine rock number with some tasty, bluesy soloing. Enhanced by the sharp black-and-white capture by Three Goats Moving Pictures, “Take Me With You” is another great video addition to the No Better tracks.
Developed over a series of email correspondences between London and Birmingham, English duo Malpas have created a unique sound, combining elements of folk music and electronic. Singer-songwriter Ali M. Forbes provides acoustic instrumentation and heartfelt vocals, while producer Andy Savours, a student of studio geniuses Alan Moulder and Flood (producing such bands as My Bloody Valentine and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart) adds electronic loops, drones, and samples of found percussion. All ingredients are on full display on the track “Where the River Runs”, and we’re proud to present the bleakly themed, beautifully photographed new video for the track. It’s a perfect visual companion to the aching composition.