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by PopMatters Staff

24 Apr 2009

Brooklyn’s indie art rockers Pterodactyl released their new album Worldwild this week. Look for an upcoming PopMatters review, but in the meantime sample a song and video from the new effort.

Pterodactyl
“First Daze” [MP3]
     

 

TOUR DATES
04/25/09 Brooklyn, NY - Secret Project Robot - Record Release Show
05/02/09 Cambridge, MA - Senior House - MIT
05/16/09 Hanover, NH -  w/ FIASCO

by PopMatters Staff

24 Apr 2009

Britain’s the Horrors release their second album of shoegazey garage rock on 5 May via XL. Here’s the new video from Primary Colours and a couple of upcoming U.S. concert dates.

by PopMatters Staff

24 Apr 2009

Grandaddy split up two years ago and now Jason Lytle steps out on his own for a solo turn with Yours Truly, The Commuter on 19 May.

Jason Lytle
“Yours Truly, The Commuter” [MP3]
     

by Rob Horning

23 Apr 2009

The pursuit of authenticity frequently takes a beating on this blog because it seems to me the operating ideology of marketing and the moral underpinning of consumerism. Accumulating things is supposed to reveal to us something that doesn’t really exist—a unique self we can attenuate and express only through a well-curated set of products. Often, my temptation, abetted by reading a lot of continental philosophy, is to dismiss the notion of authenticity altogether as a fantasy about finding a transcendental signified. The fundamental insecurity of our being, the provisional nature of subjectivity, ends up being eternally ripe for exploitation in the absence of a stable social structure that assigns identity and fixes it. This is to say, the crisis of identity derives from the terrible responsibility that comes out of the ideal of liberty, which in turn prompts some to seek to “escape from freedom” and so on. But I’m never completely comfortable with this position—I’m hesitant to advocate a return to feudalism or a return of religiously defined social roles (as Bell seems to in The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism). And saying we should revel in the “free play” of provisional identities seems Pollyannaish.

by Christian John Wikane

23 Apr 2009

Would Van Hunt do anything to get your “attention”? After parting ways with Blue Note/EMI last year, the funk-rocker is now a free agent. As a “salve for these desperate times”, he’s offering free downloads of tracks from his extensive vault to fans. Entitled Use in Case of Emergency, the songs can be accessed for a limited time by visiting www.vanhunt.com. Hunt is currently working on new music that will be available 8 May on his website only.

 

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