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by Eleanore Catolico

22 Sep 2009


Why?
Eskimo Snow
(Anticon)
Releasing: 22 September

Bay Area art-poppers Why? release Eskimo Snow today on Anticon. This time around, their music has a more folksy panache littered with lyrical introversion, a break away from the primal rap and angst-ridden beats of Alopecia. Watch Why? perform “Eskimo Snow”, a somber synth-ballad whose quiet reflections viscerally ring true.

SONG LIST
01 These Hands
02 January Twenty Something
03 Against Me
04 Even the Good Wood Gone
05 Into the Shadows of My Embrace
06 One Rose
07 On Rose Walk, Insomniac
08 Berkeley by Hearseback
09 This Blackest Purse
10 Eskimo Snow

 

by Faye Rasmussen

22 Sep 2009


Where does one truly find inspiration?  The directorial debut of Rob Perez, writer of 40 Days and 40 Nights, presses to answer that exact question.

Lindeman (played by Sam Rosen), a sculptor with his art school final project in front of him, finds himself simply stumped. He looks for inspiration around every corner, in every scene. This includes the goth scene, the gay scene, becoming an intellect, a lover and a vegan, but nothing seems to be the answer to his artistic existential crisis. He realizes that being a nobody defines somebody.

The movie is also accompanied by a musical score and soundtrack completed and compiled by Guster’s lead singer Ryan Miller, who also, impressively enough, co-wrote the movie with Rob Perez. The film premieres Thursday, October 1 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.

Watch and re-watch the trailer until then.

by Tyler Gould

22 Sep 2009


Devendra Banhart
What Will We Be
(Warner Brothers)
Releasing: October 27

Live versions of “Baby” and “Chin Chin & Muck Muck” showed up on YouTube a few months back, and both will make it on to the delightfully eccentric folkster’s major label debut. The album version of “Baby” can be streamed on Devendra’s MySpace.

SONG LIST
01 Can’t Help but Smiling
02 Angelika
03 Baby
04 Goin’ Back
05 First Song for B
06 Last Song for B
07 Chin Chin & Muck Muck
08 16th & Valencia, Roxy Music
09 Rats
10 Maria Leonza
11 Brindo
12 Meet Me at Lookout Point
13 Walilamdzi
14 Foolin’

by Tyler Gould

21 Sep 2009


The Record Club, a rotating crew of musicians gathered by Beck to release weekly covers of tracks from classic albums, just put out a video for “Winter Lady”. This iteration of the Club includes Devendra Banhart and MGMT, among others, and the album du jour is Songs of Leonard Cohen.

Once I got past my initial impression of “what have they done to ‘Suzanne’?!”, I found the covers to be at the very least academically interesting, and at times, quite grooving.

Record Club: Songs Of Leonard Cohen “Winter Lady” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Record Club: Songs Of Leonard Cohen “Master Song” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Record Club: Songs Of Leonard Cohen “Suzanne” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

by Faye Rasmussen

21 Sep 2009


Tigercity
Ancient Lover
(Self-released)

Tigercity has released their new single, “Fake Gold”, a precursor to their new LP Ancient Lover, which can be purchased at their shows or online.

This is the Brooklyn pop band’s first single since their 2007 release of Pretend Not to Love, which drove critics like Rolling Stone to call them “our new favorite band”. Tigercity will be bringing their synthesizers all over the country for their U.S. tour, which should resonate with fans of Prince, Hall and Oates, and getting down on the dance floor. Catch the tour dates after the jump, or listen to the “Fake Gold” and get in touch with your inner ‘80s fan.

SONG LIST
01 Fake Gold
02 Mallory
03 Ancient Lover
04 Fall of Graz
05 James Iha
06 Quicksand
07 My Type
08 Red Lips
09 A Better Place
10 Watching The Mountains
11 Matter Of Time

Tigercity
Fake Gold[MP3]
     

Fake Gold (Only Children Remix) [MP3]
     

 

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