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Queens of the Stone Age - Secrets of the Sound

With the band currently working on the follow-up to their 2007 album 'Era Vulgaris', Josh Homme and co have lifted the lid on their recording process in a spoof interview with UK comedian Matt Berry,

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MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #66 (16.08.2015)

MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #66 (16.08.2015).


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Opposite Day's Bouncy, Robot-Filled "AI IOU" Music Video

Opposite Day's Bouncy, Robot-Filled "AI IOU" Music Video | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
“This one’s just plain fun y’all. Opposite Day is a staple of the Austin scene that plays some of the most technical and pure fun music in Austin, a combo you don’t often get.”
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David Gilmour premieres striking new video for “Rattle That Lock” — watch

David Gilmour premieres striking new video for “Rattle That Lock” — watch | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
“Rattle That Lock is David Gilmour’s first album in 10 years. Ahead of its release on September 18th, the Pink Floyd member has revealed the video for its title track.”
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Stream: Mac DeMarco’s new mini-album Another One

Stream: Mac DeMarco’s new mini-album Another One | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
“Mac DeMarco’s self-described “mini-LP”, Another One, is due out August 7th via Captured Tracks. In anticipation of the official release, it’s streaming in full below.”
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Listen: Camera Shy

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“From two of the members of Whirr and Nothing, Oakland band Camera Shy is not Whirr or Nothing. All may sound dreamy, but not in the same way – Camera Shy goes toward a more indie pop sound.”
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Motorama - Impractical Advice

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“Motorama - Impractical Advice ”
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Impractical Advice appears on the album Poverty released in January 2015. Motorama are a five-piece indie band from Rostov-on-Don, Russia. They make guitar pop music, inspired by 80’s new wave and independent dance scene with thick bass-lines and military drums. They have released their debut album in May 2010 via web.
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MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #63 (25.07.2015)

MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #63 (25.07.2015).


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Throwing Muses – “Call Me”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Throwing Muses – “Call Me”.


“Call Me” opens Throwing Muses’ self-titled debut with a tightly wound post-punk throb, almost as if 4AD head Ivo Watts-Russell wanted to assure longtime fans of his label that just because Throwing Muses were American (from Providence, RI, to be exact), that didn’t mean they weren’t rooted in “the 4AD sound.”


However, after a couple of minutes’ worth of Leslie Langston’s churning bass and David Narcizo’s nervous, jumpy drumming underpinning the implacable jangle-strum and increasingly desperate and yelpy unison vocals of Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly, the song unexpectedly shifts into a surprisingly pretty waltz-time B section with sleigh bells and some chiming guitar work.


By the song’s end, a hint of the first half’s aggression has reappeared, but tamed by the gentleness of the tune’s new surroundings. “Call Me” is early evidence of Throwing Muses’ unique ability to subvert expectations and move gracefully in diverse directions.


Throwing Muses introduced a feminine sensibility that made a mockery of banal notions of Women In Rock. Over abruptly shifting guitar-chord patterns, Kristin Hersh, later diagnosed as manic-depressive, sang as if undergoing an exorcism or speaking in tongues.
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Love and Rockets – “So alive”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Love and Rockets – “So alive”.


“So Alive” ranks as one of the best T. Rex homages ever created – the song have the same sly, understated kick of Marc Bolan at its best, where simplicity didn’t mean lack of quality in the slightest.


That the song ended up as a smash American hit must have taken the group more than a little by surprise, but in retrospect it’s easy to why it – with the help of an endlessly on MTV video that year – was such a monster.


Daniel Ash’s lyrics about an object of desire might not be the deepest ever written, but his seeming diffidence and sly purr, combines with a great chorus for great results.


The arrangement is as stripped-down as one could want aside from a gentle keyboard adding a bit of extra punctuation here and there, the three performers finding a good straight up delivery and sticking to it.


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LIVE SESSION: The Stranglers live at No Nukes 1982

LIVE SESSION: The Stranglers live at No Nukes 1982.


The Stranglers live at No Nukes, 9 april 1982, Irenehal Utrecht.
Dutch TV broadcast.


Songs: Baroque Bordello, Golden Brown, Nuclear Device, Genetix.


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LIVE SESSION: The Chameleons live at The Gallery, Manchester, England, December 18, 1982.

LIVE SESSION: The Chameleons live at The Gallery, Manchester, England, December 18, 1982.

 

The Gallery, Manchester, England
December 18, 1982

setlist
Paper Tigers
Nathan’s Phase
Don’t Fall
Pleasure and Pain
Here Today
In Shreds
Up the Down Escalator
Second Skin
Monkeyland
As High As You Can Go
Things I Wish I’d Said
View From a Hill

 

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PHOTO: Siouxsie Sioux and John McGeoch (Siouxsie And The Banshees)

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PHOTO: Siouxsie Sioux and John McGeoch (Siouxsie And The Banshees).

 

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PHOTO: The Jesus and Mary Chain

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  PHOTO: The Jesus and Mary Chain.

 

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Video for "She's My Hero" by Crayon Fields

Video for "She's My Hero" by Crayon Fields | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
“We recently share the good news that Melbourne's Crayon Fields will soon release an new album on Chapter Music, and we included a stream of one of the album tracks, "She's My Hero".”
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Brooklyn synth pop duo Kodachrome unveils video for "White Love"

Brooklyn synth pop duo Kodachrome unveils video for "White Love" | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
“A year ago, Brooklyn synthpop duo Kodachrome self-released their sophomore LP Aftermaths.”
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Stream: Sharkmuffin’s debut full-length album, Chartreuse

Stream: Sharkmuffin’s debut full-length album, Chartreuse | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
“Garage rock outfit Sharkmuffin may officially hail from Brookyln, their roots started over in nearby Asbury Park, New Jersey.”
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The Stammer - Days In Between

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“July 31 is a busy day for indie releases this year, and several have really caught my ears. I will cover each of them today and over the next couple of days, so keep checking back for updates.”
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"Philadelphia's The Stammer is a band that should be on your list of American indie rock bands to follow. Trust me on this. The quality songwriting and adept and sincere performances will win you over. And that is even before we mention the generosity of Brian, Zach and Gavin in temporarily offering new LP Days In Between as a free download. The album consists of eleven songs covering the spectrum from noisy post-punk to Springsteen-style indie rock to Smiths-influenced jangle to Antipodean folk rock. The confident percussion sets the stage, the guitars shimmer, sparkle and chug, the talk-sing vocals paint the pictures, and at the end you know that this album is a special slice of music." Whenyourmotoraway blog
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Cabaret Voltaire: Full 1983 show available on youtube

Cabaret Voltaire: Full 1983 show available on youtube | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
“Manchester, 1983. The death of Ian Curtis is still in the memory of the early Post Punk scene of these days, but slowly, things move forward.”
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MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #64 (02.08.2015)

MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #64 (02.08.2015).


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MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #61 (12.07.2015)

MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #61 (12.07.2015).


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Talking Heads – “This Must be the Place” (Naive Melody)

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Talking Heads – “This Must be the Place” (Naive Melody).


Talking Heads “This Must be the Place (Naive Melody)” original music video (1982).


According to the Stop Making Sense commentary track, the title “Naive Melody” refers to the music. On the track, the guitar part and the bass part are doing the same thing throughout the whole song. According to David Byrne, many professional musicians would not play a song written in that fashion, and that is what makes the melody naive. Byrne played the lead keyboard solo.


“We jammed to create this song,” clarifies bassist Tina Weymouth in the liner notes of Once in a Lifetime: The Best of Talking Heads. “I played guitar (I don’t really know how to play anything, so it was all the same to me, whatever instrument I played); Chris (Frantz, drummer) played drums (no jam really got off the ground if anyone else tried to play them); Jerry played a Prophet keyboard, including the left-hand bass line; and David kept going between guitar and another Prophet keyboard, where he went wild with the pitch modulation wheel and campy piano glissandos. It was great and it was truly naive.”


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: TenpoleTudor – “Swords Of A Thousand Men”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: TenpoleTudor – “Swords Of A Thousand Men”.


Tenpole Tudor’s music is so defiantly silly and raucous that it would be easy to dismiss if it wasn’t quite so fun. Taking the punk aesthetic to an extreme, no one in Tenpole Tudor, particularly lead vocalist Eddie Tudor, can sing at all, so each song turns into a drunken, noisy singalong.


And most of these songs are singalongs, filled with rousing choruses, big hooks, and clattering chords that are messy and infectious. What’s surprising about the group’s debut album, “Eddie, Old Bob, Dick & Gary”, is how many flat-out excellent songs are on the record.


Combining ridiculous swords-and-sorcery imagery with laddish party anthems, nearly half of the record is invigorating, noisy rock & roll, like the boozy “Swords of a Thousand Men”.
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Cure – “Hanging Garden”.

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Cure – “Hanging Garden”.
Through the early ’80s, Robert Smith split his time between fronting the Cure and playing guitar in Siouxsie & the Banshees, until he finally fully recommitted to the Cure when John McGeoch permanently joined the Banshees, shortly before the recording of Pornography.


Although Pornography is without question the Cure’s darkest album overall, it’s also the one on which the influence of Smith’s sideline job is most obviously felt. In particular, the urgent, thundering drums that underpin “The Hanging Garden” are clearly some sort of homage to Budgie, who provided very similar drum patterns to years’ worth of Siouxsie & the Banshees songs.


Similarly, Simon Gallup’s bass borrows something from Steve Severin’s insistent throb, and Smith’s own guitar is primarily used for drones and ornamentation, much as it was in the Banshees.


In the words of Robert Smith, regarding the album’s conception, “I had two choices at the time, which were either completely giving in or making a record of it and getting it out of me”. He also claims he “really thought that was it for the group. I had every intention of signing off. I wanted to make the ultimate ‘fuck off’ record, and then sign off”.


Smith was mentally exhausted during that period of time: “I was in a really depressed frame of mind between 1981 and 1982″. The band “had been touring for about 200 days a year and it all got a bit too much because there was never any time to do anything else“.


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PHOTO: PIL John Lydon, left, and Keith Levene in the United States, photograph Ebet Roberts, 1981

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PHOTO: PIL John Lydon, left, and Keith Levene in the United States, photograph Ebet Roberts, 1981.

 

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PHOTO: The Cramps performing at Georgetown‘s University’s Hall Of Nations 1979

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PHOTO: The Cramps performing at Georgetown‘s University’s Hall Of Nations 1979.

 

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