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Noah and the Megafauna Release Video for “Liquid Modernity”

Put on your old time dancing shoes. Noah and the Megafauna host an apocalyptic hoedown in this new video for “Liquid Modernity (You Can Never Go Home)”. This gypsy jazz collective comes well prepared to host the last dance as the ship goes down.

Noah and the Megafauna are an L.A. based band whose recent album Anthems for a Stateless Nation brings together both gypsy jazz and modern influences. Their sound is stamped with jazz influences that blend into folk flamenco fusion, usually sounded in a minor key. Familiar rock melodies are accompanied by gypsy guitars, passionate vocal phrasing, horns, and a swinging rhythm section. Obvious comparisons to Django Reinhardt will be made, but their musical ethos is also reminiscent of bands like the Dustbowl Revival, Beirut, or Devotchka.

This video for “Liquid Modernity (You Can Never Go Home)” was recently premiered on KCRW Music Blog. It was directed by Travis Knight and features the muted colors and choreography of a bygone era. Anthems for a Stateless Nation is a concept album that succeeds at communicating the displacement felt underneath the cynicism of the Occupy generation. However, this cabaret for the apocalypse still qualifies as fun cerebral pop. The video represents just that kind of tongue-in-cheek in the face of impending doom.

The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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