The Afghan Whigs – Algiers (2014)

First single “Algiers,” meanwhile, hotwires a pounding “Be My Baby” drumbeat with spaghetti-western atmospherics. Elsewhere, “Matamoros” – named after a town in Mexico cursed by a series of Satanic murders – finds Dulli at his most psychosexually sinister: over its relentless, Zeppelin-meets-disco groove, he coolly threatens to expose “every little crime that you hide.”

Such themes of duality, viscera, and love destroyed echo throughout tracks that dynamically flow in and out of each other – from ambitious revenge fantasy “These Sticks” to album centerpiece “Lost in the Woods.” Here, Dulli imagines himself on his deathbed in an especially haunting lyric, set to a swinging melody evoking Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. “That song resonates the most with me,” he says. “It reminds me of my childhood; sitting in the back of my parents’ Bonneville hearing ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen on AM radio. I played a distorted Wurlitzer at the end to capture that feeling; I did a lot of little personal homages like that throughout this record.” [Source]



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Johnny Cash – She Used To Love Me A Lot (2014)

The film-maker John Hillcoat is listing the things about Johnny Cash that appeal to him. It’s quite a list, from his distinctive voice and constant championing of the underdog to the way he’d play guitar (“he’d string it up, almost like a rifle”). Indeed, Hillcoat’s fandom is such that when he was presented with the opportunity to direct the video for Cash’s She Used To Love Me a Lot, the lead track from the forthcoming release of his “lost” 1980s album Out Among the Stars, he jumped at the chance. “I’ve been a lifelong fan,” he says. “The first film I made was a prison film [Ghosts … of the Civil Dead] so there’s definitely a connection there with the whole Folsom prison thing. I was also inspired by his voice, which has a truth to it at all times – that’s always helped me in terms of working with actors, no matter how big.” [Source]






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Dum Dum Girls – Are You Okay (2014)

Sub Pop, VICE & MOCAtv proudly present Dum Dum Girls’ in ‘Are You Okay,’ a short film written by Bret Easton Ellis and featuring the single “Are You Okay?” from the band’s acclaimed new album, ‘Too True.’ The psychological thriller, which stars Dee Dee Penny and Shiloh Fernandez, was directed by Brewer (Alt J, Purity Ring, Passion Pit), and produced by Braxton Pope, with additional musical score composed by Tamaryn and Drew McDowall. The video also includes Charles Ray’s artwork Two Boys (2010), courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery.



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Blaudzun – Promises of No Man’s Land (2014)

Blaudzun has named his new album – set to be released on March 7th, 2014 – Promises Of No Man’s Land. The Indie-Rock singer surprised friends, fans and followers when he unexpectedly announced the release of his new album and club shows in a Youtube video in early December. The responses were amazing and the first shows – including the release party in Tivoli, Utrecht – were sold out within days. More than two years since his internationally acclaimed album Heavy Flowers (which is set to reach the Gold status in the Netherlands), his fourth album will again be released by V2 Benelux and Glitterhouse Records.



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Aziza Brahim – Julud (2014)

Voiced with deep passion and grace, Aziza Brahim’s music adeptly travels the expanse between her Western Saharan roots and Barcelona, the European cosmopolis where she now lives. Aziza is both a contemporary sonic poet and a prominent and eloquent spokesperson for the Saharawi people and their ongoing struggle for recognition and justice. Born and raised in the Saharawi refugee camps lining the frontier between Algeria and Western Sahara, Aziza’s life has been marked by both daunting hardship and inspired will. Fleeing from these camps and the regime of political oppression that followed Morocco’s 1975 invasion of Western Sahara, as a young teenager Aziza travelled to Cuba for her secondary school studies. There she experienced first hand the deep Cuban economic crisis of the 1990′s and the subsequent denial of her request to pursue a university degree in music.


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