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Monthly Archives: June 2014

#albumoftheday / REVIEW: REBECCA & FIONA: BEAUTY IS PAIN

Rebecca & Fiona’s debut album, I Love You, Man, was as perfect as any pop debut could be. Astounding from start to finish, really. Compared to their new sophomore effort, Beauty is Pain, I Love You, Man is a bright and shiny sky with a double rainbow. And I suppose it always was,...
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NEWS: MASTODON TO ACCEPT BITCOIN

PRESS RELEASE: June 11, 2014 – (BURBANK, CA) – Today, the world’s leading bitcoin payment processor, BitPay, announced a partnership with Reprise Records’ artist, Mastodon, making them the first major label band to accept bitcoin through BitPay. Mastodon’s new album, Once More ‘Round the Sun, is scheduled for release on June 24th and will be available...
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PRESS RELEASE: KIMBRA TO RELEASE: THE GOLDEN ECHO

PRESS RELEASE: June 10th, 2014 – Burbank, CA – Grammy-Award winning singer Kimbra will release a new album, entitled The Golden Echo, on August 19th via Warner Bros. Records. The album is available for pre-order on all participating retailers today. Those who pre-order will receive three instant downloads of the album tracks “Love In High Places,” “90s Music,” and “Nobody...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: TRAP THEM: BLISSFUCKER

“They wanted to make to make it ugly and bitter,” states the press release that arrived at our office (read: E-mail) with this one. And I’ll come right out and say it: they did exactly what they set out to do. Trap Them’s backstory: Ryan McKenney (former vocalist of Backstabbers Incorporated) and Brian...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: Mo Parker – “SHY”


Mo Parker is actually two people: Classically and jazz trained pianist and singer Mo and trippy R&B beat-maker Domzilla. Their union here couldn't possibly be more intriguing as Mo's piano and soulful vocals ride Domzilla's super deep, low end bass perfectly, resulting in something that sounds...
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EXClUSIVE INTERVIEW: JULIETTE JULES

interview by Michael McCarthy Recently, one of the publicists who consistently sends me great music — James at I.M.P. — sent me a press release about Juliette Jules, a young Parisian singer who was celebrating her 16th birthday by giving away her first EP, Black Crow.  Being a big  fan of French music,...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: Brett Gleason: Brett Gleason

written by Barnaby Thornton When Brett Gleason opens his mouth, honey-tarred bullets fly out. A slow-fire of piercing lyrics wrapped in the syrupy shell of his beautifully rich baritone voice… On his debut album (self-titled), the Brooklyn-based singer continues to pair the blood and thunder of electronic rock, with more intimate piano-centric songwriting....
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VIDEO: BANKS – “Drowning”


Now this is a different sort of video from Banks. Not that there's anything wrong with that. We love her and think she's borderline flawless. We're hoping she'll have a big breakthrough single like Lorde did with "Royals" and get the larger audience that she...
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RED HOT SONG ALERT: THE TALKS: “RADIO”


Now here's something you don't hear on Love is Pop very often: a ska tune! (In our defense, this is probably the first ska tune we've ever been sent, so we can't be blamed for not covering any before.) It's a bright and vibrant tune called...
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EP SPOTLIGHT: POLICA: RAW EXIT

Love is Pop favorite Poliça is releasing a deluxe edition of the band’s incredible Shulamith album, a record that shimmers with enough kaleidoscopic colors to temporarily blind you. One listen to the beautiful work of alt/art pop and you’ll never forget it. It’s the audio equivalent of seeing a famous painting in person...
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