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Halloween Head Trips (PopMatters Playlist)

Presenting a set of spooky, angsty, twisted electronic beats to celebrate the dark season from PopMatters editor in chief, Sarah Zupko.

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Chuck Prophet - "The Left Hand and the Right Hand" (video)

Catchy and upbeat with unmissable hand-claps, Chuck Prophet's "The Left Hand and the Right Hand" answers the question: what is the sound of two hands clapping?

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The Indelicates Release Virtual Reality Single, "The Generation That Nobody Remembered"

British punk/folk/ cabaret duo the Indelicates have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to releasing music in the digital age, and "The Generation That Nobody Remembered" is no exception.

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Paul Kelly - "Gonna Be Good" (audio)

Paul Kelly's dark and brooding track "Gonna Be Good" reminds us how difficult it is to do what we say we’re going to do.

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Elliott Murphy - "Land of Nod" (video)

Quiet and understated but with a catchy trance-like chorus, “Blissed Out in the Land of Nod” slowly seeps into the sub-conscious.

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Fall 2014 New Music Playlist (audio)

PopMatters has 17 new songs plus notes to add to your fall soundtrack.

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Lucius - "Turn It Around" (audio)

The sharp harmonies of Lucius' "Turn It Around" are but one example of why this young band is one of 2014's true pop talents.

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Late Summer 2014 New Music Playlist

Eighteen new songs with notes (and a quiz) to extend the summer vibe.

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The Kinks - "The Way Love Used to Be"

In a better world, "The Way Love Used to Be" would rank alongside "You Really Got Me", "Waterloo Sunset", and "Lola" as one of the Kinks' crowning achievements.

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Summer 2014 New Music Playlist

Seventeen new songs plus notes to sizzle up the summer fun.

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The Beach Boys - "Time to Get Alone"

While there are obvious downsides to the kind of discography that the Beach Boys have assembled -- it's dense, lengthy, and larded with inconsistent results -- one of the payoffs deserves special mention: those moments of discovery.

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Spring 2014 New Music Playlist

Seventeen new songs with notes to welcome spring at last.

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Nirvana - "Rape Me"

“Rape Me” was intended as a razor-sharp anti-rape anthem, an emblem of the feminist messages Kurt began channeling during the last two years of his life. That's not how it was taken.

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Raging Fires: O'Priò’s “La Deposizione”

Italian rapper O'Priò fires off a missive to a former crime boss and sheds light on environmental disaster.

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The Guggenheim Grotto - "Fee Da Da Dee" (Stream)

In honor of St. Paddy’s day, I figured we could celebrate some music straight from Ireland.

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Winter 2014 New Music Playlist

Seventeen new songs with notes to chase away the winter blahs.

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Paris Tonight: Anna Domino's "Paris" (1990)

A moody, passionate ode to the city of lights, "Paris" remains one of Anna Domino's many overlooked gems.

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Sex and Persuasion: Ruby's "Paraffin" (1995)

A menacing grind of factory-churning beats, "Paraffin" is Ruby's chilling account of love and sex, female praying mantis-style.

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Water Dreams: "Pull Marine" (1983) by Isabelle Adjani

French actress Isabelle Adjani's curious exploration of love and death in a pop song co-written by the legendary Serge Gainsbourg is visualized as a cold, erotic dream, courtesy of Luc Besson.

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Late Fall 2013 New Music Playlist

Squeezing in another listening session for 2013 -- 17 new songs with notes and a music history quiz

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Fall 2013 New Music Playlist

Celebrate the change of seasons by queuing up 16 new songs with background notes, including Sigur Rós, MGMT, Yuck, and HAERTS.

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Late Summer 2013 New Music Playlist

Another summer listening session... 17 sizzling hot songs with notes plus a trivia game to test your knowledge of Scottish bands

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Beach Fossils - "Crashed Out" (video)

The National and Beach Fossils both released new records in early 2013, each effort playing like the inverse of the other.

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Jagwar Ma Shares New Song, "Come Save Me"

The Australian duo known as Jagwar Ma released their debut album, Howlin, just last month, but it’s already being buzzed about as a possible choice for end of the year “Best of 2013” lists.

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Harry Nilsson - "Save the Last Dance For Me"

Harry Nilsson's take on the Ben E. King classic never fails to bring a lump to my throat.

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Paul McCartney and Wings - "Tomorrow"

When critics assail Paul McCartney for his lightweight material, it's songs like "Tomorrow" that they have in mind.

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Failure - "Another Space Song" (From My Playlist)

"Another Space Song" from Failure's 1996 release, Fantastic Planet.

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Summer 2013 New Music Playlist

New Tunes from Caveman, Rogue Wave and Portugal. The Man. and more, plus notes.

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Nerina Pallot - "Learning to Breathe" (video)

"It takes more than luck to last the ride / It takes strength and it takes courage to survive." -- Nerina Pallot

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - "Carry Me"

In the fall of 2004, I was working at WRAS-Atlanta, Album 88, and was on the graveyard shift. I was new to the world of college radio and my mind was being blown every day by bands I had never heard of.

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Early Summer 2013 New Music Playlist

New tunes from Vampire Weekend, the National, Telekinisis and more, plus notes.

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Holy Ghost! - "Dumb Disco Ideas" (video)

Another anthem for this summer's soundtrack.

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Ben Watt - "North Marine Drive" (1983)

Ben Watt's rain-soaked number of pop-folk melodrama, "North Marine Drive", didn't exactly make him a household name when he released it a long time back. But it leaves behind the lingering air of cold nostalgia decades later.

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Sunny Day Metal from Torche, "Snakes Are Charmed"

When I talk about metal music I don't typically make reference to terms like "optimism", "hope" or "sunny afternoons". But just as other genres have their emotional orientations, metal too can offer a spectrum of perspectives -- even if not as often.

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A Song for Boston: The Flaming Lips - "You Have to Be Joking"

On Monday, the Boston Marathon was bombed on the eve of 'The Terror's' release date. As I digested the news, the Lips' discography fresh in mind, I kept hearing "You Have to Be Joking"'s baffled head shakes.


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