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Castanets’ Ray Raposa Dead At 41

14 days ago
Stereogum Ray Raposa, best known as the force behind Castanets, has died. He was 41. The news was confirmed on Sufjan Stevens’ Tumblr, where Stevens wrote in a statement: “Ray Raposa passed away yesterday. He was a bright star, a good friend, and a grea... more info

Cat Clyde ‘The River’

1699 days ago
Kings of A&RCat Clyde releases her new single The River. Although the scene can be littered with americana/ folk acts, this Ontario bred storyteller stands out. Drawing influences from Etta James to Lead Belly, the new track follows her debut album, Ivory Castan... more info

That Decisive Moment: Cue the Castanets: The Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube

1800 days ago
New York TimesA "Pinocchio" opera, an Amy Beach concerto and Puccini are among the highlights. more info

Castanets :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

2910 days ago
Aquarium DrunkardIt’s been 10 years since Raymond Raposa’s Castanets released Cathedral, a powerful work of skeletal folk and dread. Since then The songwriter has been consistent – releasing a string of Castanets albums, each one stretching out in strange and ... more info

Castanets – “Tell Them Memphis” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

2929 days ago
Stereogum“Out For The West,” the first song we heard from Castanets’ Decimation Blues, established that Raymond Raposa had developed a distinctly haunting take on sparse, somber folk music with a digital fringe. “Tell Them Memphis” — which could p... more info

Castanets – “Out For The West” (Stereogum Premiere)

2985 days ago
StereogumRaymond Raposa has been giving us itinerant folk songs as Castanets since the heyday of freak-folk, but he’s survived and evolved. “Out For The West,” the lead single from Castanets’ upcoming Decimation Blues, provides ample evidence of that ... more info

Listen to Chris Schlarb and Sufjan Stevens cover The Beach Boys’ “‘Til I Die”

3385 days ago
Consequence of SoundAlong with members of The Mars Volta, Castanets, and Cryptacize. more info

This Week's Singles 17.9.12: The Insomniax, Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight, The Castanets, Pale

3618 days ago
DrownedInSoundSingle of the Week! The Insomniax - ‘Love She Wants’ EP (Earnest Endeavours) At the tail end of summer I get on a rescue mission, clinging to singles with any kind of bright aspect, as if they could prolong what little daylight is left, be... more info

Booze’n'Blues: Raymond Byron & the White Freighter

3619 days ago
78sRay Raposa heisst nun auch Byron und tauscht die Castanets mal eben mit the White Freighter. Er zeigt sich etwas volksnaher, das besondere Quentchen Weirdness geht aber nicht verloren. Wer die fünf Alben von Castanets kennt weiss, dass Ray Raposa ei... more info

Castanets' Ray Raposa has a new project, released an LP, playing NYC show w/ Love Inks (streams & MP3)

3622 days ago
Brooklyn Veganby Andrew Sacher DOWNLOAD: Raymond Byron & the White Freighter - "Allegiance" (MP3) Ray Raposa, the brains behind Asthmatic Kitty-signed freak folk project Castanets, hasn't officially retired the Castanets moniker, but he is on to a new project whic... more info

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