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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.

THE PRIZE:

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.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Sep 2009

Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Xenophanes
(Rodriguez Lopez Productions)
Releasing: 28 September (Europe) / 10 November (US)

The Mars Volta guitarist offers up another solo album in Xenophanes. This one is a concept album that with grand ambition depicts the life journey through birth, death and re-birth. Lopez sings the whole record in his native Spanish and it’s the first album to spotlight lead vocals from the man Rolling Stone labeled as one of the “Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

SONG LIST
01 Azoemia
02 Mundo De Ciegos
03 Ojo Al Cristo De Plata
04 Amanita Virosa
05 Sangrando Detrás De Los Ojos
06 Desarraigo
07 Asco Que Conmueve Los Puntos Erógenos
08 Oremos
09 Perder El Arte De La Razón Sin Mover Un Sólo Dedo
10 Flores De Cizaña
11 Maria Celeste

Omar Rodriguez Lopez
“Mundo De Ciegos” [MP3]
     

by Jennifer Cooke

29 Sep 2009

Walking into the Silent Comedy show at San Diego’s Casbah on September 11th, you might have felt you’d stumbled onto the craft services table on set of a remake of Paper Moon. Every other guy in attendance looked like a particularly roguish Depression-era hobo or the piano player at a Chaplin film festival. A sampling of the look can be found in the video for the band’s 2007 song “Bones”, except these aren’t costumes—these dudes dress this way 24-7. To take advantage of sartorial similarities with opening acts Mississippi Man, Skyline Union and River City, the gig was christened “Mustache Mayhem”.

In fact, the guys in the Silent Comedy love facial hair so much that they’ve turned it into a way to finance their next CD. You too can be a patron of the arts if you sport a mustache (real or faux) and give a donation on the band’s website. Talk about music industry innovations in the tech age!

The band had reason to celebrate, having won a San Diego Music Award for Best Pop Group the night before. Frontman Joshua Zimmerman (aka J. John) displayed a newfound confidence and swagger that was palpable as the band launched in the song “Poison” with all the fervor of a tent revival meeting. There was no sign of the hellacious hangover that photographer Rich Cook said followed Thursday night’s totally unexpected win—but that might be due to the very liberal hair-of-the-dog flowing throughout the set.

Mississippi Man was the only non-San Diego band on the bill, and their sound, while certainly as sepia-toned as the rest, had the most modern flair, if your idea of modern is the 1960s. Sure, they look just as breadline-ready as their compatriots, but their music is decidedly more Brian Wilson than Al Jolson. And River City, playing in the back bar known as the Atari Lounge during breaks in the main stage sets, might have been the sleeper hit of the night. Their mustache ratio was strong (three out of five), and they rocked a Maid Rite washboard to boot! 

September 11th is a time of somber reflection for most Americans. But the crowd at the Casbah that night got a welcome break from the cares of the day with the help of some great music, and some truly inspired facial hair.

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