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Backtrack: Castanets City Of Refuge

If Nina Nastasia and Jim White made an album that acted as an intimate conversation between their audience and themselves, then Ray Raposa's Castanets project…
Sam Hockley-Smith | May 8, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Quit Your Day Job

Quit Your Day Job: Castanets

A couple of weeks ago I ran into Raymond Raposa, a.k.a. Castanets, at Spuyten Duyvil, a beer and wine bar in Brooklyn. Always on the…
Brandon Stosuy | May 30, 2007 - 1:13 pm

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

"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,…
Chris DeVille | August 7, 2014 - 11:24 am

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

Raymond 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,"
Chris DeVille | June 12, 2014 - 11:10 am

New Castanets Video – “My Heart”

When writing up Castanets' percussive curve ball "Worn From The Fight (With Fireworks)," I mentioned Ray Raposa's eerie Rafter Roberts-produced Texas Rose, The Thaw, And
Brandon Stosuy | September 14, 2009 - 12:04 pm

The ‘Gum Drop CIV: Hear New Castanets, Win A Where The Wild Things Are Skateboard Deck, iPod, And CD

Castanets, aka Ray Raposa and a shifting cast of collaborators, is about to release Texas Rose, The Thaw, And The Beasts via Asthmatic Kitty, but…
Brandon Stosuy | September 2, 2009 - 9:14 am

Castanets – “Rambling Man”

Castanets, aka Ray Raposa and a shifting cast of collaborators, is about to release Texas Rose, The Thaw, And The Beasts via Asthmatic Kitty, but…
Brandon Stosuy | September 1, 2009 - 11:58 am

New Castanets – “Worn From The Fight (With Fireworks)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Like much of his work, Ray Raposa's eerie batch of songs on the Rafter Roberts-produced Texas Rose, The Thaw, And The Beasts comes with a…
Brandon Stosuy | August 6, 2009 - 10:34 am

New Sufjan Stevens – “You Are The Blood”

Today's Dark Was The Night track comes to us from a guy named Sufjan Stevens. It's a cover of the Castanets' "You Are The Blood,"
Brandon Stosuy | January 29, 2009 - 11:42 am

New Castanets – “Sway” & “This Is The Early Game (SON LUX Remix)”

Castanets forthcoming third album In The Vines is getting a lot of pre-release play over here. We recently posted Marla Hansen's bug 'n' plane filled
Stereogum | September 13, 2007 - 12:19 pm

Marla Hansen Covers Castanets

Lots going on in Marla Hansen land. The singing violist releases her Wedding Day EP today, a six-track collection with help from Asthmatic buddies Sufjan…
Stereogum | September 4, 2007 - 5:22 pm