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My Major Company: own a stake in your favourite band

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By John Goncalves from The Gift in New Trends on Wednesday 7 September 2011

Since we are a total DYI band, we are always very aware of the new technologies applied in music. The last one we discovered is real fans investing in bands and becoming their partners. It’s a whole different perspective of crowdfunding music.

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French band Cascadeur’s single: Walker

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By John Goncalves from The Gift in New Music on Wednesday 7 September 2011

We love music and it’s always a good feeling when we discover that class still exists: simple, strange and beautiful songs, elegant arrangements and a soft voice. This is the single, Walker, from their latest release, The Human Octopus.

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Cool video for Metronomy’s The Look

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By John Goncalves from The Gift in New Music on Wednesday 7 September 2011

Metronomy have been around for the last twelve years – almost like us actually – and their latest album, The English Riviera, is finally getting their name and music out to a whole new audience. They deserve it because it’s a great collection of work with amazing songs and just the right timing.

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Twin Shadow’s 4AD Session

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By John Goncalves from The Gift in New Music on Thursday 2 June 2011

Last year, Twin Shadow released one of the best debut albums in many years, produced by Chris Taylor, a great musician from Grizzly Bear. We had the pleasure of seeing him Live this past week at Lux, one of best venues in Lisbon. This is one our favorite songs on the album, which was released […]

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Carleton Ranney’s epic Slasher video

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By John Goncalves from The Gift in Video on Wednesday 1 June 2011

Exactly one year ago at the Cannes Film Festival, we saw a 29 minute video of a young director named Carleton Ranney. We immediately liked his aesthetic, and his talent and potential was so obvious that we made a point to track him down. One year later, he has already directed two of our most recent videoclips — Made For You and RGB [watch below] — from our new release, Explode. Finally available on Vimeo, here it is the first short cut by Carleton Ranney, called Slasher.

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Joana Vasconcelos

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By John Goncalves from The Gift in New Art on Wednesday 1 June 2011

Joana Vasconcelos is one of our favorite new Portuguese artists. She works with sculpture and installation, using a lot of materials and symbols that relate to Old Portugal but at the same time have a modernity and simplicity that we just love. Her crochet works, in particular, are very famous.

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Woody Allen: Midnight in Paris

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By John Goncalves from The Gift in New Film on Wednesday 1 June 2011

We saw the new Woody Allen movie in Barcelona, and like most of this veteran director’s films, it is a lovely story about a classic topic in his work: relationships and their connection with arts in general. We like it a lot.

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