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“Now we’re in a hall of mirrors With my secret fears and terrors” –from “Come The Meantimes” by Elvis Costello and the Roots Wise Up Ghost may be the most bleak album Elvis Costello has ever released. It’s amazing, and the Roots are ideal collaborators, intertwining their sound with the melodic bile Costello spits into the mic. It’s got grooves to spare. But it is dark, and unrelenting. We live in dark and unrelenting times. Every day brings new revelations about the NSA’s warrantless access into our digital lives. The threat of chemical weapons in Syria has politicians raising war flags and citizens issuing a mildly annoyed shrug. In spite of the near-collapse of our economy and the best efforts of the Occupy movement, the rich still get richer and the poor get…children. Much of that wasn’t in the cultural landscape as this record was being made, but does it matter? Illegal wiretapping, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, greed running rampant over the American landscape…all of this has happened before. All of this …
Following the releases of new albums by David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine and Justin Timberlake, 2013 might go down as the year of the unexpected comeback (your move, Dr. Dre). For lovers of lush, harmony-laden orchestral pop, the most pleasant return may be that of Halifax, Nova Scotia’s the Heavy Blinkers, whose ten-years-in-the-making Health was finally released on July 30. Fans of the group could be forgiven for having given up thinking they’d ever hear the long-gestating follow-up to 2004’s The Night And I Are Still So Young. After all, despite occasional reports of new songs and sessions as far back as in 2005, a blog dedicated to the recording of the album (which optimistically promised that Health would “be mixed and mastered by Oct 31 2008”) had last been updated in August 2008. In fact, the group was dormant for so long that Jenn Grant, who joined the Heavy Blinkers as an unknown singer following the release of The Night… and who shares vocal duties on Health with Melanie Stone and Stewart Legere, found …
Outside Lands came and went last weekend, blowing in and out of the Golden Gate Park with the signature stomp, rock, and dazzle that’s it’s become equanimous with since Another Planet first unleashed it upon San Francisco six summers ago. This year, the dazzle was bigger and brighter than ever, the rock louder, the stomp harder, and widespread and whimsical art lavished the weekend with a warmth and brightness that superseded the grey skies.
At a time when albums are teased, hyped, leaked, dissected, discarded and re-evaluated before they are even officially released, it has become increasingly rare to be able to approach one with fresh ears, no preconceptions and little baggage. Perhaps that’s why I was so pleasantly surprised last month when I came across the sounds of one mysterious Orval Carlos Sibelius just as a pair of French robots were setting the Internet ablaze with an album that seemed equal parts new music and marketing plan. Perhaps it’s also because his most recent full-length, Super Forma, offers an hour of music brimming with ideas, richly inventive arrangements and layer upon layer of ingenious hooks that demands – and rewards – multiple listens. Super Forma is French multi-instrumentalist Axel Monneau’s third release under the Sibelius moniker (the con extends to the liner notes, which are written in Portuguese) and follows a self-titled album and an EP of the kind of home-recorded folk music that suggests hundreds of hours spent listening to scratched copies of Fairport Convention or Tyrannosaurus …
Some later material from the girl…
A new Sigur Ros video? You know it’s gonna be worth watching!
Who should appear on the upcoming season of UnSung? We take a look.
The next evolution of trip hop comes in the form of IAMX which is fitting seeing that mastermind Chris Corner ushered in a similar trend when his former outfit, Sneaker Pimps, paved a new electronic revolution after a void was left by Portishead and Massive Attack. On their most recent Pledgemusic-funded The Unified Field, IAMX expand their range even more to give listeners the feeling that if Dead Can Dance began in 2013, they’d probably sound similar to IAMX. But […]
John Mayer is back on the road, and he’s brought Phillip Phillips with him. Check out the dates!
Hey there…Limp Bizkit is back. AGAIN!
If you’re longing for the days when QOTSA was an indie band and still had that post-Kyuss fresh from the desert scent then Purple Suns is band you should definitely be paying attention to. On their latest EP, MINES, the band from Neptune (New Jersey, not the planet although their music could most certainly be classified as out of this world) lay on the rawk, pile on the grooves, and create something truly unique and wonderful. Opener “Naked Eyes” lays the groundwork […]
Fall Out Boy is not messing around. On the latest single/video off the highly anticipated Save Rock And Roll (Due April 16th), we see how the boys ended up in so much trouble in the video for “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” and it is not pretty. Be warned, if you care about Patrick Stump at all, this video may not be for you. As for the song itself, “The Phoenix” still has some rousing electronics underneath but for the most part it sees […]
One month to figure out everything you want for Record Store Day, and we’re here to help!
Spring supposedly started Wednesday, but it’s still dreary winter weather here at the Pittsburgh branch of our Popblerd offices. Spring can’t come soon enough. But while you’re waiting, we have your weekly dose of tunes that the Popblerd staff have had spinning this week. Give a listen, and let us know what’s been caressing your ears lately!
Album number six from the Los Angeles act toes the line of mediocrity.
All hail the piano men!
LL. PE. Cube. De La. On the same bill. *EXPLOSION!!!!!*
There’s room for more than one blue-eyed soulman in this piece.
No list of the Seventies’ best albums is complete without Pink Floyd, right? Well, we got two of their albums here!
John Legend is as smooth as ever. Check out his brand new single.
Git your Steely Dan on in the latest installment of our ’70s list. Plus…so much more!
Vampire Weekend returns with two, TWO new songs!!
OK, so how good is “The 20/20 Experience?” I mean, really?
OMG!! People other than Justin Timberlake are releasing new music today!
There’s a riot goin’ on…in our list of the 100 best albums of the ’70s. Find out where Sly places…and what else made the list!
Thankfully there are still bands around that refuse to be defined by any one genre. On Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones), Intronaut proves that they are defiantly one of those bands. Despite mixing genres effortlessly with some metal here, classic rock there, jazz over there, and a little prog for good measure here, Intronaut’s music never sees the band being anything if not consistent. Opening with “Killing Birds With Stones” and a killer riff that menaces immediately Intronaut quickly […]
Apparently, motherhood has not made Beyonce soft.
Easily one of my most anticipated 2013 releases, Filter blasts back after an almost three year absence with a song that brings the heavy and surprisingly, the electronic aspects of the band back to the forefront. On “We Hate It When You Get What You Want”, there’s a synthetic thump to ease listeners back in until the guitars just explode along with Richard Patrick’s raspy howl bellowing yet another brilliant chorus. If this is any indication of what the rest […]
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