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by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2010


Tom McRae
The Alphabet of Hurricanes
(Cooking Vinyl)
Releasing: 22 February (UK), 16 March (US)

British master song craftsman Tom McRae releases his fifth album this March and the first free MP3 is now available.

SONG LIST
01 Still Love You
02. A Is for…
03. Won’t Lie
04. Summer of John Wayne
05. Told My Troubles to the River
06. American Spirit
07. Please
08. Out of the Walls
09. Me & Stetson
10. Can’t Find You
11. Best Winter
12. Fifteen Miles Down River

Tom McRae
“Out of the Walls” [MP3]
     

by Jonas Jacobs

2 Feb 2010


I recently made a mix of songs for an old friend where I tried in some way to intellectually and emotionally pool together my interests and passions while still lazily escaping any explanation for myself. 

I remember when OutKast’s Speakerboxx/The Love Below came out senior year of high school, in 2004. It seemed to be the one CD that really made a splash with everyone. My high school was in the heart of Los Angeles, and whether you were taking the bus in from Crenshaw or studying hard for the AP tests, you were bumping OutKast. If you were all about thug life, Big Boi’s Speakerboxx was your thing. If you were more of the sensitive type, The Love Below was the realest thing on the radio in a long ass time.

There’s a deep track on The Love Below called “She’s Alive”. In looking for a mixed media representation of the song, it makes sense that I’ve found a take on the song that mixes in another element of adolescent fun. I used to play The Sims religiously. In fact, anything that Will Wright and Maxis came out with immediately entered my computer game-playing rotation. So, here’s a video of a deep track from The Love Below, “She Lives in My Lap”, set to a certain YouTube user’s homemade Sims video.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2010


Peter Gabriel
Scratch My Back
(Virgin)
Releasing: 15 February

Peter Gabriel’s long buzzed about covers album is about to be released and Gabriel has made his cover of the Bon Iver tune” Flume” available as a free download in exchange for your e-mail address.

SONG LIST
Disc: 1
01 Heroes (David Bowie)
02 The Boy in the Bubble (Paul Simon)
03 Mirrorball (Elbow)
04 Flume (Bon Iver)
05 Listening Wind (Talking Heads)
06 The Power of the Heart (Lou Reed)
07 My Body Is a Cage (Arcade Fire)
08 The Book of Love (The Magnetic Fields)
09 I Think It’s Going to Rain Today (Randy Newman)
10 Apres Moi (Regina Spektor)
11 Philadelphia (Neil Young)
12 Street Spirit (Fade Out) (Radiohead)

by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2010


Xiu Xiu’s new album Dear God, I Hate Myself is coming out later this month, the 23rd to be exact, and the group just put out their new video for the title track.

by Jessy Krupa

2 Feb 2010


Many manufacturers are getting ready to release 3D HDTVs or converter boxes that will be able to turn whatever you normally watch on television into 3D images. While the average person will still probably have to wait a couple of years before this technology becomes affordable and/or perfected, two cable channels are already in the works that boast of all 3D content, all the time. ESPN’s 3D offshoot will be available this summer, while a 3D version of the Discovery channel won’t be available until next year. I know sports and nature documentaries would be a good fit, but some shows just wouldn’t be worth the hassle. House would be disgusting with the patients seizing, vomiting, and bleeding right in front of you. Who wants to see their local news anchor’s head floating in the living room? Then again, imagine the realism of 24’s explosions or how amazing an exorcism on Supernatural would look. What TV shows would you really want to see in 3D?

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