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Exclusive Premiere: Fletcher C. Johnson “Messin’ Up My Mind”

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Fletcher C. Johnson is a name to remember. Not only is it the name of the Brooklyn trio’s frontman, but it also refers to the band, who seems bound and determined to make a name for themselves. The group self-released an insanely catchy debut a while back, but since then fans’ have been missing their particular brand of quirky, cake-throwing musical charm.

Luckily Fletcher C. Johnson has a new video to accompany the 7″ they put out on White Iris Records in April. The A-side track, “Messin’ Up My Mind,” is once again impossibly infectious. The band’s garage rock sound is redolent of sun-soaked classic rock and 60s-inspired sounds. Filled with irresistible hooks and raggedy pop rhythms, “Messin’ With My Mind” showcases the band’s ability to make complex songs seem deceptively simple. Paired with an almost hilariously DIY-ish video featuring girl group extras and extraterrestrials, “Messin’ With My Mind” means you’ll undoubtedly remember the name Fletcher C. Johnson.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Exclusive Premiere: Michael Zapruder “Florida”

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People don’t talk about the poetry of indie rock very often. But Michael Zapruder is looking to change that. His forthcoming album, Pink Thunder, is a collaboration between the singer-songwriter and 23 poets, three engineers, and a few dozen musicians, out October 16 on The Kora Records. Zapruder was inspired by the poets and their art when he met them on the Poetry Bus, a rock-style tour of performing poets, organized by Wave Books, which is co-run by Michael’s brother, poet Matthew Zapruder.

The result is a collection of free-verse indie pop poetry featuring Zapruder’s adept guitar work, minimalist rhythms and subtly colorful hooks along with lyrics inspired the poets. The first single off the album, “Florida”, was inspired by a poem by Travis Nichols. Such free-form creativity isn’t unusual for Zapruder. Way back in 1999, when the internet’s potential was still nascent, Zapruder tasked himself with writing a song a week and uploaded it to his website. He collected the songs on an album “52 Songs,” earning critical accolades and a reputation as an internet visionary, which he translated into a career as Pandora’s music curator.

Zapruder’s music distribution creativity didn’t end with the advent of YouTube. His new songs will be sold as portmanteaus, a new release format for music: an album as an art show; a single as art-object. A portmanteau is composed of two parts: a digital music player enclosed in a little base or platform; and an object, related to the music, that sits on top of that base. Check some of them out here. Each song on “Pink Thunder” has its own unique portmanteau. If you’re in San Francisco, you can see the portmanteaus at The Curiosity Shoppe from Oct. 18th-Nov. 18th.

In the video for “Florida,” Zapruder combines his songwriting, love of poetry, and creativity with an incredible video directed by Jesse Yules (Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, Owen Pallett), the video was inspired by illustrated animal books from the 70s, which were printed on watercolor paper and animated using thread and swivel brackets.

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Exclusive: The Raveonettes in the studio

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After agonizing for months, with both physical (a thrown-out back) and mental anguish, The Raveonettes delivered their 6th album “Observator” on 9/11. The Danish duo, who’ve long stood out amid scores of fuzz pop bands wanted this one to be a return to form after their last record which singer/guitarist Sune Rose Wagner described as a more of a “dark score or soundtrack to an as-of-yet-unmade film.”

It only took them seven days to record the album, but it seems to have been a long personal journey for Wagner, who first had to quit drinking, and then take it up again in order to remember what it was that he needed most — to be out meeting strangers and sucking the marrow of life. “I once read that Lars Von Trier writes his films in a similar kind of way,” Wagner said. “He goes home, gets super drunk, and starts writing while his inhibitions disappear. That’s sort of always worked for me too, but this time, I had to go the long way round to remember that.”

Wagner and singer Sharin Foo glamorously decorated their sound with piano this time too. Here they are in those in between moments, having red wine, white wine, reveling in their recovered vibrancy.

 

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US tour dates:
September 26 Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN
September 27 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
September 28 The Firebird St Louis, MO
September 29 A&R Bar Columbus, OH
September 30 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
October 2 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
October 3 Corona Theatre Montreal, QB
October 4 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
October 5 Webster Hall New York, NY
October 6 Black Cat Washington, DC
October 7 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
October 8 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
October 11 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
October 12 Bimbo’s 365 Club San Francisco, CA

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