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by Jennifer Cooke

27 Aug 2009

I get a lot of flack for loving My Chemical Romance. As a 37-year-old woman who runs with a decidedly indie-rock-snob crowd, there is no end to the taunts when someone spots The Black Parade in between the Mudhoney and New Pornographers CDs. Not for nothing is there little mention of MCR on PopMatters, and not even the release that broke them worldwide, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, rates a review. “Real” music fans simply do not acknowledge such adolescent pablum, and rarely will they even deign to ridicule it. Mall-rock, they call it. Any band with bags full of Warner Brothers’ money behind it, that can fill stadiums with teenagers the world over and sell T-shirts hand over fist at Hot Topic, forfeits any right to serious appraisal. Even my hairstylist calls them My Chemical Tightpants.

So what happened to me? I heard “Helena” on the radio back when it was released in 2004, and found the chorus stuck in my head at all hours of the day and night. Later on, a friend, whose indie rock cred is airtight in my book, divulged (gasp!) that she was a fan. I bought the aforementioned Three Cheers, and that was all she wrote. I bought a car over a year ago that’s never seen another disc in slot #3 of it’s stereo. I have to wrestle with my nine-year-old son and my four-year-old daughter over who gets to wear which My Chem shirt on any given day.

by Katharine Wray

27 Aug 2009

R.E.M.
Live at the Olympia
(Warner Bros.)
Releasing: 27 October

“Living Well is the Best Revenge”, R.E.M.‘s first video off Live at the Olympia is a great dose of Michael Stipe and company. A well-shot live performance done by Vincent Moon.

SONG LIST
01 Living Well Is the Best Revenge
02 Second Guessing
03 Letter Never Sent
04 Starring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance
05 Disturbance at the Heron House
06 Mr. Richards
07 Houston
08 New Test Leper
09 Cuyhoga
10 Electrolite
11 Man-Sized Wreath
12 So. Central Rain
13 On The Fly
14 Maps and Legends
15 Sitting Still
16 Driver 8
17 Horse to Water
18 I’m Gonna DJ
19 Circus Envy
20 These Days
21 Drive
22 Feeling Gravity’s Pull
23 Until the Day Is Done
24 Accelerate
25 Auctioner
26 Little America
27 1,000,000
28 Disguised
29 The Worst Joke Ever
30 Welcome to the Occupation
31 Carnival of Sorts
32 Harborcoat
33 Wolves, Lower
34 I’ve Been High
35 Kohoutek
36 West of the Fields
37 Petty Persuasion
38 Romance
39 Gardening at Night

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2009

Music Go Music
Expressions
(Secretly Canadian)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 I Walk Alone
02 Thousand Crazy Nights
03 Light of Love
04 Reach Out
05 Explorers of the Heart
06 Love, Violent Love
07 Just Me
08 Warm in the Shadows
09 Goodbye, Everybody

Music Go Music
“Warm in the Shadows” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2009

The Dutchess and the Duke
Sunset/Sunrise
(Hardly Art)
Releasing: 6 October

SONG LIST
01 Hands
02 Scorpio
03 Let It Die
04 Living This Life
05 Sunrise / Sunset
06 Never Had a Chance
07 I Don’t Feel Anything
08 New Shadow
09 When You Leave My Arms
10 The River

The Dutchess and the Duke
“Hands” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2009

The Very Best
The Warm Heart of Africa
(Green Owl)
Releasing: 25 August (digital) / 6 October (physical)

SONG LIST
01 Yalira
02 Chalo
03 Warm Heart of Africa (Featuring Ezra Koenig)
04 Mwazi
05 Nsokoto
06 Angonde
07 Julia
08 Mfumu
09 Ntdende Uli
10 Rain Dance (Featuring M.I.A.)
11 Kamphopo
12 Kada Manja
13 Zam’dziko

The Very Best
“Rain Dance” [MP3]
     

“Warm Heart of Africa” [MP3]
     

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