Jimmy Edgar Artist Interview: Building Rainbow-Colored Bridges Between Music, Aesthetics & Metaphysical Ideas

“We read a lot of books on meditation – a lot of books on magic, numerology, astropsychology; quantum physics… and one thing that we always find is that the visuals are always really cheesy… so we feel that we have this duty to create this space or domain of knowing that has a really interesting and modern visual side to these philosophies we find really interesting…” - Jimmy Edgar, on his record label, Ultramajic

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Top Pops! November 2013: Gardens & Villa, Dum Dum Girls, Howard Ivans, Starlight Girls, JMSN, The Slims

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of indie pop highlights across a selection of styles, updated every month to keep you on your wiggly toes. This month, Gardens & Villa and Dum Dum Girls return, Howard Ivans of GAYNGS and The Rosebuds goes solo, and JMSN, Starlight Girls and The Slims show that they really, really know how to do their own thing.

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Crossing Lines: An NX Records Compilation Album Review

There has been much lamentation and gnashing of teeth about the decaying music industry, with many opinions and conversations about what to do about it. If you were to believe the soothsayers, we’ll be reduced to a generation of SoundCloud demoes and buskers in 10 years’ time. We may not know what will come, but it’s not worth bemoaning the point. True musicians and record labels, the ones who are in it for the love and the art of the thing, are rolling up their shirtsleeves and getting down to work.

Enter NX Records, a collaboration between Goldsmith’s, University of London’s music department and Matthew Herbert’s Accidental Records. Students and alumni are actively involved in the release of music, not just as musicians, but also in all aspects, including marketing, legal and administrative. Some recent graduates of the program include Mercury Prize winner James Blake, as well as members of Nigel Godrich’s Ultraista, so this is no fly-by-night operation.

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Wire, Helmet Live Show Review (Portland, OR)

This evening, the spirit of the ’60s seems alive and thriving in the Crystal Ballroom. You can sense the remnants of bands like New Riders Of The Purple Sage or The Byrds, as you set foot upon the legendary bouncing dancefloor. It is a grand West Coast ballroom, in the tradition of the Fillmores; there’s an epic chandelier, worthy of the Phantom Of The Opera, and Renaissance paintings al fresco on the walls. It’s a classy place to see a real rock n’ roll show. I don’t know what it is about these ballrooms, but they always seem primed to go off. Maybe it’s because they were designed for getting down, with wide open wooden dancefloors and killer sound systems.

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Chilla[xxx]ation (#28): A Minimal, Soulful Electronic Mixtape Download & Stream

As the falling leaves turn to frost and hint at the impending cold to come, something happens to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere who are lucky enough to experience wintry climates but not so unlucky as to live in the frozen tundra. We turn indoors, often shunning social activity completely, to become intimate with the isolation of the great indoors. We enjoy the pampering of ourselves with warm baths, hot soups, and plenty of television — and, if we’re lucky, we find other bodies with which to share those comforts of isolation. This mixtape is dedicated to that kind of sharing — not quite as public as that of holiday festivities but just as important — of sexy

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Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum Album Review (Wichita Recordings)

Cate Le Bon’s Mug Museum, written in the aftermath of the death of Le Bon’s maternal grandmother, are informed by the self-reflection that such shifts in family hierarchies can cause. More expressly, we are told that the album’s themes emerge from and revolve around those maternal familial relationships. These personal and reflective compositions, written in Le Bon’s native Wales, have been shot through with bolts of Californian sunshine courtesy of Seahorse Sound Studios, Los Angeles.

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