James Mercer of The Shins and Danger Mouse have joined forces to create a new group, Broken Bells. Their self-titled album is due out on Columbia on 9 March 2010. The album’s first single, “The High Road”, is now available on the official site as well as iTunes and Amazon.com.
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Everytime I see Julian Casablancas perform this song, it gets hammier and more awesome. His CGI pagoda songwriting hideout, the quill pen, the inclusion of glockenspiel playing in a getting-down-to-business montage—this, netizens, is the height of succulence!
The female-run indie label Kill Rock Stars have recently added Elliott Smith to their extensive catalog. KRS plans to re-issue Smith’s first solo album, Roman Candle, on vinyl for the first time in the U.S. on 6 April 2010. The album was remastered by Smith’s archivist and editor of Tape Op Magazine, Larry Crane. The label also plans to re-release Smith’s posthumous From a Basement on the Hill, making KRS the official haven for Smith’s independent releases.
In celebration of the re-releases KRS has unleashed a previously unreleased Elliott Smith tune “Cecilia/Amanda.” The song was recorded by Crane in 1997 at Jackpot! Recording Studio. You can download “Cecilia/Amanda” at the KRS official site.
Long before Xena, long before Buffy, there was Annie Oakley. In 81 episodes made between 1954 to 1957, the TV series starring Gail Davis stood in stark contrast both all other contemporary Westerns, all of which starred men, while all other shows with female leads had none who were especially heroic. The show’s Annie Oakley was based only very loosely on the real life Annie Oakley, an Easterner who grew up outside of Cincinnati whose prowess with a rifle gained her a spot as the star performer with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
The show was actually fairly pedestrian, with stories that never rose above standard Western fare, though in fairness they were no worse than the vast majority of B Westerns. Set in the town of Diablo, the only major recurring characters were Annie, her little brother Tagg, and deputy Sheriff Lofty Craig. Tagg’s main purpose was comic relief and as a catalyst for advancing the plot of most episodes, his mischievousness creating situations where Annie had to save him (think of the famous line from Buffy: "Dawn’s in trouble, it must be Tuesday). The plots invariably consisted of some problem that Annie had to resolve, either a mystery to resolve, or a villain to apprehend, or an innocent to absolve of guilt. The show was targeted at kids so the good guys always won and there was no such thing as moral ambiguity. The series is memorable exclusively for Annie. Without her there would simply be no reason to remember or watch the show.
Releasing: 23 February
In the two years since Eluvium’s last album, Matthew Cooper has learned how to add vocals to his ambient tracks, and not in an “incomprehensible mumbling and cooing” way either. This is bona fide singing with lyrics and everything. It’s definitely a different listening experience—it’s harder to lose yourself in the music when there’s someone else in the aural room.
Leaves Eclipse the Light [MP3]
The Motion Makes Me Last [MP3]
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