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Porcelain Raft - 'Permanent Signal' (new album / video)

Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft has released a new song, "Think of the Ocean", ahead of a new album called Permanent Signal (out August 20 via Secretly Canadian). The title refers to a phone line that loses its connection for a long time -- the feeling Remiddi while on tour away from family and friends.

"Think of the Ocean" is the opening track for the album, a spare song of pulsating beats and Remiddi’s own intertwining vocals. The video is a wavering shot as we look over a woman's shoulder as she looks at a black slate, simple yet striking visuals that allows the focus to be on the music. After 2012's Strange Weekend, Remiddi sold off all his instruments in order to create, in his words, "a new color palette." He also enlisted Jonny Rogoff (of Yuck) on drums, Darcy Cicci (of The Antlers) on bass and Gaspar Claus on cello (a collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and The National). Check out the video and the track list for Permanent Signal below.


TRACK LIST

01 Think of the Ocean


02 Cluster


03 Minor Pleasure


04 Open Letter


05 Night Birds


06 It Ain’t Over


07 I Lost Connection


08 Warehouse


09 The Way Out


10 Five Minutes From Now


11 Echo

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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