In celebration of Oakland, California’s independent music scene OIM Records released OIM: Vol. 1, a compilation featuring 13 of the area’s finest, not to mention underrated artists. Chamber pop band Foxtails Brigade contributed the haunting, Jon Brion-meets-cabaret tune “Far Away and Long Ago”, and now have released a stunning new video for the track, which we’re premiering at PopMatters. Shot on a single take, the effect is fluid, dreamlike, and only enhances the song’s unsettling feeling.
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Vancouver band Twin River should remind many of such bands as Lush and Swervedriver, who not only delved deeply into the hazy, psychedelic, pedal-heavy guitar sounds of the shoegaze movement, but were also mindful that they were also rock ‘n’ roll bands. An element of garage rock, post-punk, and goth creeps into their second album Should the Light Go Out, and on the highlight “Secret in a Séance” the shadows of both Lush and the Cure loom very large. The band has just finished a video for the track, which were more than happy to premiere at PopMatters.
Malibu born-and-raised electropop singer-songwriter Colette Carr is set to release her latest EP Static. Start., the first of several EPs that will be compiled into an album to be released later this year. The seductive, empowering first single “Static” comes out today, and we’re pleased to premiere the new lyric video for the track today.
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.
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.