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New Music Preview: Dirty Projectors, The Internet, and Ty Segall & White Fence

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations July has plenty of new album releases in store, but there are three particular records coming out this month that we can’t wait to hear.Dirty Projectors – Lamp Lit ProseDave Longstreth released the first album under the Dirty Projectors moniker in 2003. A decade and a half — and seven albums later — the band (currently at six members) ranks among indie rock’s most highly regarded acts. The group announced the follow-up to 2017’s self-titled album in early May with the release of the music video for “Break-Thru.”A press release describes the forthcoming Lamp Lit Prose as the “yang to the yin of 2017’s Dirty Projectors.” Darkness permeated the self-titled album, which heavily featured Autotune and other electronic effects. The press release also notes the new album is a “recommitment to the sonics & ideals of Dirty Projectors albums past,” adding that guitar and vocal harmonies return on the new record.In addition to being a sonic return to home of sorts, Lamp Lit Prose features a who’s who of impressive guests. Syd of The Internet (also featured this month), Haim, Rostam (formerly of Vampire Weekend), and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes all contribute to the record.Lamp Lit Prose comes out Friday, July 13 via Domino Recording Co. and is available to pre-order through Amazon, iTunes, and Domino.The Internet – Hive MindLos Angeles’ The Internet debuted its first new song, titled “Roll (Burbank Funk),” in late April alongside its music video. The track is bass-forward and eminently danceable, staying light on the lyrics and letting the funky instrumentals shine through. Three weeks later, the group officially announced its new album, Hive Mind, and released another early track: “Come Over.” Where “Roll” leans into the group’s funkier side, “Come Over” emphasizes its R&B elements to create a smooth and sultry love song. The video, directed by the band’s Syd, finds its members trying to entice their romantic interests to, as the title suggests, come over.Formed in 2011, the quintet features Matt Martians of the Odd Future collective, Patrick Paige, Christopher Smith, and Tay Walker in addition to Syd (also a member of Odd Future). Since the group’s inception, The Internet has released three full-lengths, with its most recent —2015’s Ego Death — receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.Hive Mind arrives on Friday, July 20 via Columbia and is available to pre-order through Amazon and iTunes.Ty Segall & White Fence – JoyWhen Ty Segall and White Fence (aka Tim Presley) paired up for 2012’s Hair, the duo saw high praise from critics. Uncut called the album a “feisty, psych-tinged hook up” and Pitchfork called its songs “peculiarly absorbing,” adding, “they only grow more so with repeated listening.”<a href=”http://tysegallwhitefence.bandcamp.com/album/joy”>Joy by Ty Segall &amp; White Fence</a>The pair announced the release of its follow-up, Joy, in mid-May. The announcement brought with it early track “Good Boy.” Thus far the only released song from Joy, “Good Boy,” draws on classic psychedelic sounds. The song builds over its two-minute duration but always retreats before fully tripping out.Joy arrives on Friday, July 20 via Drag City and is available to pre-order through Amazon, iTunes, and Drag City.Did you miss on June’s releases? Check ’em out here.last_img read more

Deputy US trade czar conscripts American mayors to lobby for USMCA

WASHINGTON — One of the hard-bargain drivers from the American side of the NAFTA negotiating table is bringing his powers of persuasion to bear on the next challenge facing the new North American trade pact: the U.S. Congress.Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C. J. Mahoney, a fixture of the 14-month negotiation process that culminated last October in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, urged a gathering of American mayors Wednesday to lobby Capitol Hill lawmakers to ratify the deal.“All Congress has to do is pass it, and that is where I hope you all can help us,” Mahoney told a panel discussion Wednesday during the winter meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington.“You all have influence on your members of Congress. They listen to you, they understand your problems, they know that you’re looking out for what’s good for your communities and are concerned first and foremost with jobs and economic development.“We need your help.”Ratification in both Mexico and Canada has largely been seen as inevitable; Martha Barcena Coqui, Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., told the panel she expects the agreement to come to a vote in the next session of her country’s Congress, which gets underway next month and which doesn’t require a separate implementation bill. In Canada, the majority Liberal government makes a Yes vote all but a foregone conclusion.But amid political turmoil in Washington — where the White House is at war with Democrats over President Donald Trump’s border wall plans and a partial government shutdown has entered its second month — nothing these days is a given.A number of prominent Democrats — notably House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, currently the most painful congressional thorn in Trump’s side — have complained that the deal lacks meaningful mechanisms to enforce new labour and environmental standards. And relations between Capitol Hill and the White House are at such a low ebb that some fear the president’s enemies are determined to deny him any political wins.Enter Mahoney, who is hard-selling the USMCA as a win for all three countries.“If members of Congress can put politics aside and focus on the substance, I have no doubt that this will pass overwhelmingly in both houses,” he said, describing the deal as the most bipartisan U.S. trade deal ever negotiated, thanks to the political foresight of his boss, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.“Throughout the negotiations — well before the results of the midterm elections were known — we worked very closely with Democrats to ensure that the final agreement reflected their priorities,” he said, citing the labour and environmental clauses in particular.To qualify for duty-free benefits, USMCA requires autos to contain 75 per cent North American content — up from 62.5 per cent under NAFTA. By 2023, between 40 and 45 per cent of auto parts will also have to come from workers earning at least $16 an hour; in Mexico, auto assembly workers earn an average of just $7.34 an hour and parts workers $3.41 an hour.On the environmental side, the agreement includes a number of protections for marine species and habitats, new air-quality standards, environmental assessment rules and forest management practices. “I’m optimistic about our chances of success in this endeavour, but success is certainly not assured,” Mahoney said. “Given the importance of the agreement to our workers, farmers and ranchers, the stakes could not be higher.”Paul Dyster, the mayor of Niagara Falls, N.Y., told Mahoney the often-acrimonious negotiating process has had a negative impact on his community’s economic prospects, given how closely integrated it is with Canadian interests.“The rhetoric that was used in this negotiation was shocking, when you hear it used in reference to the leaders of countries that have been your strongest allies and trade partners for a long time,” Dyster said.“For those of us on the border, whose economies are very fully integrated with the Canadian economy, that use of old-fashioned protectionism to try to advance the interests of the United States to take a shot at Canada — it kind of hit us in the foot.”Mahoney, however, dismissed any suggestion of lingering bad blood.“What really matters is not the given press headline at any point during the negotiations, but where we ended up — and where we ended up was with a great agreement that I think will be the foundation for an even stronger relationship with Mexico and Canada going forward.”Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, who joined the panel after Mahoney had left, raised one particular sticking point: the fact that the Trump administration has not yet made good on its commitment to lift its punishing national-security tariffs on steel and aluminum exports.“This is causing distortions in the marketplace, it is causing all three countries to lose opportunities, it is increasing costs for consumers,” said MacNaughton, who closed by quoting the president’s own tweet from March 2018 committing to lifting the tariffs once a new trade agreement was in place.“He has now said this is a fair deal, a good deal, the best deal that’s ever been done, so I would simply say please, let us get on with building our three countries together. Let us get on with our defence and security agreements and the relationship that we have had for more than 150 years.”James McCarten, The Canadian Press read more