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VIDEO: Belle and Sebastian – “The Party Line”


Why yes, the rumors are true... Bell and Sebastian have gone disco! Oh, the horror! Actually, it's a glorious tune. From the funky bass guitar to the invigorating percussion and the flourishes of radiant synth, everything about this song is perfect. We're not sure...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: FIRST AID KIT: “AMERICA”


The idea of anyone covering Simon and Garfunkel probably makes you yawn, but this rendition of "America" by First Aid Kit is quite the touching tribute, their voices and gentle acoustic guitars the equivalent of a warm blanket on a freezing winter's night. It's super mellow, devoid...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT / VIDEO: Lionface – “Stronger”


"Stronger" is written from the perspective of Lionface's grandmother; her grandfather was murdered, so it's about finding the strength to carry on in the face of such great lost. An emotive and contagious song that seeps into your head, tickling your brain, as it touches your heart....
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS: TURNING

God bless Antony Hegarty because I don’t think there’s another artist alive today who bares his soul quite like he does, laying himself entirely vulnerable during his songs to a point that you almost fear he’s going to have a breakdown on stage as you listen to this new live album. Of course,...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: THE TING TINGS: SUPER CRITICAL

I’ve often felt sorry for The Ting Tings.  Their debut album, We Started Nothing, was a big sensation.  Magazines, blogs, late night TV shows — they were everywhere.  Their music had a universal appeal; it was artistic enough to please indie pop fans yet immediately catchy enough to please the bubble gum pop...
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  • 1SAGAIN & JU BORA: ENDLESS WINTER
    1SAGAIN & JU BORA: ENDLESS WINTER Release Date:  12/12 Label:  Unknown I couldn't find a Wiki page in English about 1sAgain but a Luminosity page about Ju Bora states that she frequently collaborates with him. So, I'm assuming 1sAgain is the one who's doing the rapping, since that voice sounds male, and Ju Bora is […]
  • PIUS: GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY
    PIUS: GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY Release Date:  12/4/14 Label:  PIUS Records An incredible Christmas song -- in English -- from soulful K-Popper PIUS. K-Pop soul singer Pius has given us a Christmas song this year -- and it's in English. It's gorgeous, too. If you like harmonizing, you have to give this one a […]
  • Crayon Pop, K-Much, Bob Girls, & Zan Zan: 2014 Chrome Family - A Very Special Christmas
    Crayon Pop, K-Much, Bob Girls, & Zan Zan: 2014 Chrome Family - A Very Special Christmas Release Date:  12/2/14 Label:  Chrome Family Crayon Pop + Christmas = bliss The name of this single isn't A Very Special Christmas, apparently that's the title of an album or EP that Chrome Family label artists are releasing songs […]
  • LEO IEIRI: SILLY
    LEO IEIRI: SILLY Release Date:  11/19/14 Label:  Victor Entertainment You have to admire Leo Ieiri. If for nothing else then for the fact that she writes all of her own songs. Also, she manages to put out new music as regularly as the bulk of J-Pop artists who have other people writing songs for them. […]
  • THE BARBERETTES: Carol: Hun Hun Christmas
    THE BARBERETTES: Carol: Hun Hun Christmas Release Date:  12/9/14 Label:  Sony Music If you're a fan of '60's pop music and you like Christmas music, this EP will have you jumping with joy. To be totally honest, I'd never heard of The Barberettes before randomly coming across this EP, which caught my eye because it's […]