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by PopMatters Staff

19 Aug 2009

Various Artists
Beat Dimensions 2
(Rush Hour)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 Dorian Concept - Be Tween
02 Nosaj Thing - FWD
03 Zo aka La Chauve-Souris - The Peacock Revolution
04 Low Limit -Turf Day
05 Danny Breaks & DJ Adlib - The Sound
06 P.U.D.G.E. - Reign Dancing With…
07 Dizz1 - Konotakosuke Yaro
08 Samiyam - Swamp Tarts
09 Mike Slott - Cadeting
10 Mono/Poly - Distant Form
11 Ras G - Crazy Alien
12 Dimlite - Ravemond’s Young Problems
13 Devonwho - Welts
14 Erik L - Soularp Suite Pt. 2
15 Kenlo Craqnuques - ZoÏd
16 Tiago - Babel Fish
17 Dalt Wisney - R2FUX
18 Fulgaence - Haggis
19 Exile - Super Robot
20 Busy - Ecliptic Armilla

Nosaj Thing
“FWD” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

18 Aug 2009

Lightning Bolt
Earthly Delights
(Load)
Releasing: 13 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 Sound Guardians
02 Nation of Boar
03 Colossus
04 The Sublime Freak
05 Flooded Chamber
06 Funny Farm
07 Rain on Lake I’m Swimming In
08 S.O.S.
09 Transmissionary

Lightning Bolt
“Colossus” [MP3]
     

by Faye Rasmussen

18 Aug 2009

Third Eye Blind
Ursa Major
(Megaforce)
Releasing: 18 August (US)

Stephan Jenkins clearly has some things he’s needed to get off his chest over the last six years and to the fortune of the fans, the silence has been broken today and expressed in the form of Third Eye Blind’s fourth album Ursa Major. But, Jenkins and company have come back from hiatus with some aces in hand: incorporating some new instruments and adding depth both musically and lyrically. 

They’re kept with their edgy lyrics, with songs like their first single, “Don’t Believe a Word” Jenkins pens, “We like thugs when they attack / And we like crime when it’s black on black.” Or the softer, acoustic “One in Ten”, about a woman who doesn’t return the singer’s feelings of love, primarily because she’s in love with a woman: “Love doesn’t come in perfect packages / That means I qualify.” With lyrics like this, in addition to new music build-ups and chorus crescendos that blast through your speakers, it’s hard to not not drum on the steering wheel. Or take a listen to “The Dao of St. Paul” where the band opted for a gospel choir to round the end of song, and album, out.

But for the not-so-die-hard, you have songs like “Summertown” or “Waterlanding” that deeply resembling the memorable hooks and catchy lyrics that the popular consensus drank up and imbibed in 1997.  The band, has not forgotten what it takes to make a worthwhile CD, and if anything, they’ve only improved their craft over the last six years.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Aug 2009

The Cinematics
Love and Terror
(Orchard Music)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 All These Things
02 She Talks to the Trees
03 New Mexico
04 Love and Terror
05 Lips Taste Like Tears
06 Wish (When the Banks Collapse)
07 Hospital Bills
08 Moving to Berlin
09 You Can Dance
10 Hard for Young Lovers

The Cinematics
“Love and Terror” [MP3]
     

by Bill Gibron

18 Aug 2009

He tells the story this way - as a young man, Quentin Tarantino loved to read Variety. Sometimes, a single well worn (and read) copy would last him an entire year. In one issue he came across a review of a film that stirred his already hyper imagination. Recognizing the name of the director - Enzo Castellari, responsible for Few Dollars for Django and Django Rides Again - and intrigued by the Dirty Dozen like premise, the title stuck in his lexicon of personal cool for decades. Fast forward to 1996. Pulp Fiction is literally rocking the world of cinema, restating the undeniable magic in storytelling, characterization, and dialogue. Tarantino can do anything he wants as a follow-up. It’s at this moment when the idea for his possible remake/reimagining of Inglorious Bastards is first considered.

Move the clock forward another decade and a half, and cinema’s bad boy has finally delivered his take on the World War II action epic - and it’s much quieter, more contemplative, and far less ferocious than the Castellari original. In fact, it’s safe to say that Tarantino’s Basterds (purposefully misspelled as a way of differentiating itself from the past) is the antithesis of what the Italian journeyman strove to create. It’s like a Polaroid negative, a fun house mirror reflection where bullets turn into brainstorms, criminals morph into Nazi-scalping Jew soldiers, and the movies themselves actually play a part in the destruction of the Third Reich. In Castellari’s romp, a group of condemned grunts, on their way to court-marshal, hijack a distressed convoy and take off for Switzerland. Somehow, they become keys in a plot to steal a gyroscope out of a German V2 rocket.

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