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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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Martha Berner & The Starside on Live @ The Alley

Episode 10 of Live @ The Alley feature Martha Berner and Indiana's The Starside. If you missed it you should also check out last week's episode with Blah Blah Blah and Urbanites.

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Rego Seconds

Rebecca Rego has one of those magnetic voices that can simply do no wrong. Next month her band, Rego, returns with their fourth studio album since their debut in 2006, and the album finds them moving in a subtly new direction. Rebecca's vocals on Seconds are beautifully highlighted through the album with a deep tapestry of skillfully pluck guitars, trumpets, and warm drums sounds. Rego is a band that deserves something big and they may just get it with Seconds.

Rego is celebrating the release of Seconds at Lincoln Hall on Feb. 11th.

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Narrow Sparrow "Spooky Head"

Narrow Sparrow has released a new video for their track "Spooky Head". The track comes their debut ep SYNTHWORKS which you can download for free here.

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Moon Furies "Mercury 13"

What do you get when you combine members of Moon Furies with members of Earth Program add roller blades and synchronized dancing? The new video for "Mercury 13" by Moon Furies.

The video shot around the city and primarily at Double Door last month.

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Deli NYC issue 29 is out!

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Martha Berner & The Significant Others "Fool's Fantasy"

The latest album from Martha Berner & The Significant Others was released last month and now comes the new video for the album's title track, "Fool's Fantasy". The band has also released another track from the album called "Brave".

Martha Berner - Brave by Pavement PR

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Netherfriends "Middle America"

Netherfriends has released the next track of his Middle America album. Below is "Bloomington, IN". Middle America will be released next month and is part of his larger 50 Songs in 50 States project.

Netherfriends will be celebrating the release of the album on Feb 10th at Empty Bottle.

Bloomington, IN by Netherfriends

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Stephen Paul Smoker @ Subt

Today Kilo Records dropped the first single from Stephen Paul Smoker's upcoming album Ripe Fruit. The album will be released on March 20th. The track is called "Green City" and is a perfect example of the wild that Ripe Fruit is shaping up to be.

You can catch Stephen Paul Smoker @ Subt on Jan. 19th.

Green City by Stephen Paul Smoker

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