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by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime
SomeOthaShip
(Groove Attack)
Releasing: 23 February

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins have teamed for next week’s SomeOthaShip and they just “leaked” this new track to celebrate this week’s digital release of the album.

SONG LIST
01 Shine On
02 SomeOthaShip Connect
03 Heaven or Hell
04 Get Up Gogo
05 Mages Sages Ii
06 Fonk 4 U
07 Rain Down
08 Pad Kontrol
09 Boogie
10 Outro
11 Heaven or Hell (Remix)
12 Endure (Oh No Remix)

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime
“Heaven Or Hell” [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

19 Feb 2010

Xiu Xiu
Dear God, I Hate Myself
(Kill Rock Stars)
Releasing: 23 February

There’s a new Xiu Xiu album coming out, which I don’t suspect anybody is too excited about, more so that people are awaiting its release in some religious, jaw-clenching fugue state. That’s music for you, though. Some people like to enjoy it, others like to let it motivate their affected agony to tortured, romantic climax.

SONG LIST
01 Gray Death
02 Chocolate Makes You Happy
03 Apple for a Brain
04 House Sparrow
05 Hyunhye’s Theme
06 Dear God, I Hate Myself
07 Secret Motel
08 Falkland Rd.
09 The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation
10 Cumberland Gap
11 This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)
12 Impossible Feeling

“This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Jack White’s Third Man Records is putting out the debut album by Nashville’s Black Belles and the White Stripe directed this video for the Belles that magically channels the sound of his very own band.

by Dave MacIntyre

19 Feb 2010

Mere minutes before The Antlers were scheduled to start their Tuesday night performance at The Phoenix Concert Theatre the stage was a blur of activity. The Brooklyn trio had only just arrived having faced delays at the Canadian border. Thanks to the efforts of an amazingly efficient crew gear was unpacked, plugged in, line checked, and ready to go in less than 15 minutes. The frantic arrival didn’t seem to phase front man Peter Silberman. Grinning, he stepped out to greet an anxious audience and quickly got things underway. Listening to the opening song “Kettering” and watching Silberman metamorphose from a jovial man of smiles and waves into a man devastated by the helplessness of cancer’s insouciant grip was nothing short of amazing. His haunting vocals paired with the dreamy melancholy of Darby Cicci’s keyboards and Michael Lerner’s driving percussion coalesced into a sound machine that consumed the room with its gravity. It’s no wonder the band’s 2009 release, Hospice, has been so critically acclaimed. The Antlers held the crowd’s attention with incredible versions of “Bear” and “Two”, songs filled with emotional heartache that naturally pours from Silberman on stage. Sadly, the brief five-song set only lasted 40 minutes, and despite most fans being in attendance to see the headlining Editors, very few would have complained if they played on.

by Sarah Zupko

19 Feb 2010

Just in cased you’ve somehow missed the promotional onslaught and the vast amount of copy expended this week on poring over Martin Scorsese’s career, Shutter Island is indeed coming to U.S. and Canadian theatres today. The film opens in many European countries next week, but oddly won’t see a UK release until 12 March.

Reactions to the film are somewhat mixed, even on our own staff. Chris Barsanti weighed in this morning, giving the film an eight and calling it “a haunted-house spooker mixed with an obsessed-detective noir, Shutter Island is not a great film. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of Scorsese’s best, and one to be remembered.” Meanwhile, Cynthia Fuchs is less bullish on Shutter Island, giving it a lowly four.

Earlier this week, Bill Gibron highlighted 10 key moments in Scorsese’s filmography in a popular article “‘Shutter’ Speed: 10 Seminal Scorsese Moments”. Gibron says of Scorsese that “he reinvents himself with every film, following his own unique ideals while constantly staying cemented in the language of the artform.”

Below are some interviews with the director and the stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley, as well as the author of the original book, Dennis Lehane.

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