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Dead Leaf Echo - "Sunlessoul" (audio) (premiere)

Dead Leaf Echo's “Sunlessoul” is a a lucid meditation that gives way to a beautiful coda.

“Nouveau Wave” collective Dead Leaf Echo released single “Lemonheart” back in September. A highly limited, clear 7” of the song quickly sold out, but “Lemonheart” can still be streamed in its lush and chiming glory via Soundcloud.

“Lemonheart”’s b-side, “Sunlessoul”, is more somber, the setting sun to “Lemonheart’s" daybreak. It’s a lucid meditation that gives way to a beautiful coda, with guitarist / keyboardist Ana B’s backing vocals working in gorgeous contrast to frontman LG’s dreamy delivery.

The band just finished a national tour which included a stop at the Desert Stars Festival (where they were fittingly joined onstage by David Newton of The Mighty Lemon Drops) in Joshua Tree, California and are readying a follow-up to 2013’s Thought and Language.

Dead Leaf Echo will be playing the PopMatters CMJ Showcase this Wednesday at the Tender Trap in Brooklyn, alongside Dead Leaf Echo, Veda Rays, Magic Shoppe and Parlor Walls.

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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