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by Zach Schwartz

1 Oct 2009

When Sunny Day Real Estate, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are all playing the same night in DC, and you can still sell out your show at (admittedly small) DC9, you’re probably doing something right.  The Antlers played a great set, to an excited crowd.  My fears that their melodic, sometimes soft, often swooping,  and always well produced songs wouldn’t translate well to a live show were completely put to rest.  They came hard at times, but went quiet too, and Peter Silberman’s voice is just as strong as it is on the album.

by Sean Murphy

1 Oct 2009

I won’t try to improve upon the excellent commentaries being made all around the papers and blogs regarding L’affaire Polanski. My take on the matter is rather simple: don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Polanski did the crime and admitted as much. End of story.

Anyone (then or now) who has deluded themselves into thinking he actually fled the U.S.A. (and stayed gone) because he was afraid of a vindictive judge, as opposed to the more primal fear of going to jail (as he would—and should—have done), needs a swift knife to the nose, a la Jake Gittes.

In any event, how nice to see that the insular Hollywood country club has circled the wagons to support their fugitive friend. A petition to release Polanski? Don’t you sign petitions for, you know, innocent people being oppressed by malevolent governments? Only imbeciles from L.A. could confuse Polanski’s (self-imposed) plight with a situation that actually warrants mass protest. Like, say, health care reform.

by Tyler Gould

1 Oct 2009

Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One
Parallel Uni-Verses
(Gold Dust)
Releasing: 13 October

The tracks that Del & Tame One have released from their upcoming collaboration, Parallel Uni-Verses, are about as funky as they come. The verses on “Flashback” go on by-the-numbers about Adidas and nostalgia and the like, but the beat is more than hot enough to forgive some uninspired rapping.

1. Intro (Magic)
2. Keep It Up
3. Flashback
4. The Franchise
5. Specifics
6. Im A…
7. Before This
8. We Taking Over
9. Life Sucks
10. Teddy
11. Special
12. Gaining Ground

Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One
Special [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

1 Oct 2009

James McMurtry
Live in Europe
(Lightning Rod)
Releasing: 13 October

McMurtry’s latest is patched together from the finest, hand-picked recordings made on his very first European tour, in early 2009. The performances come from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Geislingen, Germany, and the album will come with a bonus DVD with video from the Amsterdam set.

SONG LIST
01 Bayou Tortue
02 Just Us Kids
03 Hurricane Party
04 You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
05 Fräulein O.
06 Ruby and Carlos
07 Freeway View
08 Restless

BONUS DVD
01 Choctaw Bingo
02 You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
03 Freeway View
04 We Can’t Make It Here
05 Laredo (with Jon Dee Graham)
06 Too Long in the Wasteland

James McMurtry
Bayou Tortue [MP3]
     

by Faye Rasmussen

1 Oct 2009

In celebration of the September 29 release of Yeah Ghost, Zero 7 has released four videos of live performances of songs off their new album.

The UK band is expected to announce their US tour dates in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy the four new songs:

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