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by Katharine Wray

29 Sep 2009

Releasing: 26 October (UK) / 3 November (North America)

Morrissey releases Swords, a compilation of 18 b-sides from his last three albums, in about a month. The first copies will also include a bonus of performances recorded in Warsaw in July.

01 Good Looking Man About Town
02 Don’t Make Fun of Daddy’s Voice
03 If You Don’t Like Me, Don’t Look at Me
04 Ganglord
05 My Dearest Love
06 The Never-Played Symphonies
07 Sweetie-Pie
08 Christian Dior
09 Shame Is the Name
10 Munich Air Disaster 1958
11 I Knew I Was Next
12 It’s Hard to Walk Tall When You’re Small
13 Teenage Dad on His Estate
14 Children in Pieces
15 Friday Mourning
16 My Life Is a Succession of People Saying Goodbye
17 Drive-In Saturday
18 Because of My Poor Education

01 Black Cloud
02 I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
03 I Just Want to See the Boy Happy
04 Why Don’t You Find Out for Yourself
05 One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
06 You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby
07 Live Is a Pigsty
08 I’m OK by Myself

Check out his West coast tour dates after the jump.

by Allison Taich

29 Sep 2009

For the last decade the city of Chicago, and the Chicago Cultural Center, has devoted a week to showcasing an array of international music.  Appropriately titled the Chicago World Music Festival, the event attracts musicians from around the world to local Chicago venues, spreading diverse and unique music across the city.  This year 55 performances were featured at 21 venues citywide.

On September 23rd I attended one of the performances at Martyr’s, a bar on Chicago’s near-north side.  On the bill was Rahim Alhaj of Iraq/USA, and Hanggai from China/Mongolia/UK.  I had no idea what to expect.

I arrived at Martyr’s halfway through Alhaj’s set.  The bar’s main floor, which is usually open, was lined with tables, chairs, and stools and every seat was occupied as people began to congregate around the perimeter of the bar.  The room was dimly lit with candles on every table; the audience was absolutely silent, completely mesmerized by Alhaj’s playing.

As Alhaj performed original and traditional compositions on the oud, a fretless pear-shaped string instrument, he told stories of music and exile in Iraq.  His strumming was completely beautiful and full of feeling.  In between songs Alhaj interacted with the crowd, asking them to keep a clapping beat and follow specific rhythms which he accompanied.

After a quick stage change it was Hanggai’s turn.  Decked out in colorful robes, Hanggai blew the crowd away almost immediately.  Consisting of five members from Beijing, the band played a mixture of traditional Chinese instruments and western rock instruments: electric guitar, electric bass, acoustic guitar, a standard drum kit, a tobshurr (a strummed two-stringed lute), and a horse-hair fiddle called a morin khuur.  The band’s repertoire was inspired by native Mongolian folk traditions and rock music, resulting in reinterpreted traditionals from their indigenous grasslands.  Songs covered themes of ancient traditions, especially the importance of protecting them, “playing, singing and drinking,” and the humor of love.  Performed compositions included: “Drinking Song,” “Borulai Lullaby,” and “My Banjo and I.”

Topping off Hanggai’s beautiful melodies was a combination of crooning and hoomei, a traditional throat-singing technique.  The music was truly transcendent, encompassing the power to carry the listener to a different place.  In between songs the band frequently expressed their gratitude and appreciation for being a part of the festival and the excitement of performing and visting America for the first time.

Their set ended with a standing, cheering and whistling ovation from the audience.  The crowd’s calls were answered with an encore with solo throat singing accompanied by the morin khuur.  The full band eventually returned to stage, which prompted several audience members to get out of their seats, dance and cheer Hanggai on.


by Tyler Gould

29 Sep 2009

The Dirty Projectors debuted a brand new song, “When the World Comes to an End”, last night on the illustrious Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and it was good. Then they did a private performance of the same song for the Roots backstage, apparently to prove that they were performing sans samples, and they acquitted themselves to the Roots’ exuberant pleasure.

by Tyler Gould

29 Sep 2009

The Avett Brothers’ new album comes out today, and last night they performed the title track, “I and Love and You”, on The Late Show with David Letterman.

by Faye Rasmussen

29 Sep 2009

Dan Deacon is heading back out on tour next week with Nuclear Power Pants. Deacon, who is also a visual artist, is combining both of his passions into one big contest for fans (or those just trying to get some extra cash).

To celebrate the upcoming release of his album, Bromst, Deacon had the company Post Typography design an amazing new poster which includes 243 cartoon characters. In order to win this contest, your job is to ID all of the characters portrayed within the poster—be the first one to get them all correct and an amazing prize package awaits you! The contest ends at midnight, November 17.


1. $500 cash
2. A portrait of you painted by Dan Deacon
3. One of the last copies of Wham City Box set #1
4. A copy of each of Dan Deacon’s first 8 impossible-to-find releases

Send your submissions to: [email protected]

The complete tour dates are after the jump.

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