The Choir’s Burning Like the Midnight Sun was released to positive reviews in June, ending a five-year recording break that followed 2005’s O How the Mighty Have Fallen. Rather than have listeners wait another several years for more material, the band closes out 2010 with de-plumed, a collection of re-recorded, acoustic renditions of songs from past albums. Band members Derri Daugherty and Steve Hindalong are touring in support of the new albums, and their set list includes de-plumed‘s introspective variations as well as the stories behind the songs.
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William S. Burroughs, probably best known as the author of Naked Lunch, is the subject of the forthcoming documentary film, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within. The film will study the writer’s widespread cultural influence; it will feature rare interviews with the writer’s friends, associates, and admirers; and it will unveil previously unseen shots of the writer.
Nashville singer-songwriter and noted film composer Keegan DeWitt spent this past summer on the road in support of his Nothing Shows EP (which received an enthusiastic review from PopMatters). Inspired by the driving energy of his live shows, he hit the studio, recording a new single, “Two Hearts”, set to release December 14 as a limited edition 7” single. “Two Hearts” is a fine example of bouncy, ebullient pop, featuring a catchy chorus and a feeling of tenderness often lacking in dance-inflected music of this kind. The single is backed by “Reluctance”, which features vocals from Isaaca Byrd of the Bridges. Hear an exclusive stream of “Two Hearts” below (and be sure to pony up for the vinyl if you like it!)
In advance of their new album, Valhalla Dancehall—out January 11 on Rough Trade—British Sea Power will release a new single, “Living Is So Easy”, available exclusively through iTunes November 30. The single is (according to the group) their “most electronic song to date… a mixture of Serge Gainsbourg and Ralf and Florian era Kraftwerk with a sprinking of Stock, Aitken, and Waterman”. Find out for yourself through the free stream below.
A video director known only as Weirdcore assembled this new video for the much-talked about GAMES, a duo comprised of Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and Joel Ford of Tigercity. Apparently culled entirely from Youtube footage, the video looks like it took the most surreal of corporate training videos and made them even more bizarre, a perfect accompaniment to the song’s more Patrick Bateman qualities (i.e. the sample of adult contemporary schlock from the ‘80s).