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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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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015
"Easy Mistake", the downcast and somber tune by the gravel-voiced David Corley, now has a somber black-and-white music video to complement its gruff folk sonic.

The low, ragged voice of David Corley is of the kind one would expect could only come from many years of experiencing life and putting it into song. With Corley, such a guess would be on the money. At 53, he has plenty of years to his name, and ever since he was 20 he’s been honing his songcraft into a distinctive voice. Surprisingly, however, Available Light, his recently released studio LP, marks his first full-length recording. That fact is stunning; Corley sounds like the kind of guy who’s been in the studio for decades, a consummate natural. Comparisons to songwriting greats like Tom Waits and Lou Reed aren’t far off. Tunes like Available Lights’ “Easy Mistake”, the video of which you can watch exclusively below, evoke the image of a weary songwriter looking back on all of his years in the world. His presence is a natural and authentic one, as any one of his songs evinces.


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