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by Eleanore Catolico

1 Oct 2009


Daniel Johnston
Is and Always Was
(Eternal Yip Eye Music / High Wire Music)
Releasing: 6 October

On the precipice of the October 6th release of Daniel Johnston’s newest album, Is and Always Was, we can feel our beloved indie hero’s presence flaring up more and more in mainstream culture. Just the other day I saw “Hi How Are You?” T-shirts stacked to the 9s at my local Urban Outfitters. Apple also seems to be riding the Johnston wave by developing an iPhone game featuring his art and music. Johnston has teamed up with big league music producer Jason Faulkner, who has worked with the likes of Beck, Air, and Paul McCartney. How will the commodification of Johnston’s once-upon-a-time esoterica affect the way we listen to his music now?!

Well, breaking away from lo-fi is a very interesting move by Johnston, since lo-fi is so in vogue as of late. Listening to Is and Always Was’ lead single “Freedom”, you don’t lose any of the music’s swing and romp. Exhale everyone, it still sounds like him! The production values just give the song more depth and a little oomph.

SONG LIST
01 Mind Movies
02 Fake Records Of Rock And Roll
03 Queenie The Doggie
04 High Horse
05 Without You
06 I Had Lost My Mind
07 Freedom
08 Tears
09 Is And Always Was
10 Lost In My Infinite Memory
11 Light Of Day

Daniel Johnston
Freedom [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

1 Oct 2009


The Swimmers
People Are Soft
(MAD Dragon)
Releasing: 3 November

The video for “What This World Is Coming To” has hand claps and flashing lights, and the dulcet synths on the free-to-download “A Hundred Hearts” ensure that People Are Soft definitely has its appeal.

SONG LIST
01 Shelter
02 A Hundred Hearts
03 Drug Party
04 What This World Is Coming To
05 Give Me the Sun
06 Save Me (From the Brightness)
07 Nervous Wreck
08 To the Bells
09 Dresses Don’t Fit
10 Anything Together
11 Try to Settle In

The Swimmers
A Hundred Hearts [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

1 Oct 2009


Adam Goldberg and Marley Shelton engage in what appears to be feature-length japery at the expense of the contemporary art world. One character in the trailer says, of an artist’s work, “What attracts me to his work is how uncomfortable it makes me feel.” Goldberg’s character centers his performance art around the kicking of a metal bucket. If you are of a mind that thinks “contemporary art is impenetrable nonsense”, you’ll probably find a few chuckles at a culture depicted as being as self-important as it is asinine, but if you find that notion frustrating to no end, maybe avoid (Untitled) when it hits theaters October 23rd.

by Katharine Wray

1 Oct 2009


More Scandinavian pop music for fans of the peninsula. Loney Dear kicked off a U.S. tour with Asobi Seksu in San Diego just last night. Look below for a short interview and video of the inimitable Emil Svanängen playing “Everything Turns to You”, and a free download of “Airport Surroundings”.

Loney Dear
Airport Surroundings [MP3]
     

by Katharine Wray

30 Sep 2009


Langhorne Slim
Be Set Free
(Kemado)
Releasing: 30 September

Langhorne Slim released his new album, Be Set Free today on Kemado Records. His U.S. tour kicks off October 15th in Brooklyn, New York. Dates after the jump.

SONG LIST
01 Back To The Wild
02 Say Yes
03 I Love You, But Goodbye
04 Land of Dreams
05 Cinderella
06 Be Set Free
07 For A Little While
08 Sunday By The Sea
09 Leaving My Love
10 Yer Wrong
11 Blown Your Mind
12 So Glad I’m Coming Home
13 Boots Boy

Langhorne Slim - Back to the Wild from Kemado Records on Vimeo.

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