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by Joseph Fisher

30 Nov 2010

Sheesh!  We haven’t even eaten all of our leftover turkey, and yet, us PopMatters music bloggers are already on the naughty list. Last week (!), Cut Copy premiered the track “Take Me Over” from their forthcoming record Zonoscope. Shame on us for not linking to the track sooner. The new record will be released in early February 2011—just far enough away for your fine champagne to be chilled to the perfect temperature. Enjoy.

Cut Copy - “Take Me Over” (Radio Edit) Premiere by modularpeople

P.S. Below is a clip of the track “Where I’m Going”, released this past summer and also included on Zonoscope. Right at the top of that naughty list, we are.

by Jessy Krupa

30 Nov 2010

Most magazines and websites single out the most significant events of the year in a single article or feature. The world of popular music is so big that it begs for a closer look, however. So, let’s single out the biggest events that happened in the world of music one month at a time, starting with January 2010.

Ke$ha’s Animal begins a six-week streak at the top of the Billboard Albums chart, powered by the No.1 single in the country, “Tik Tok”.

by Joseph Fisher

29 Nov 2010


Via Pitchfork: Mogwai has made the track “Rano Pano”, from the band’s upcoming record Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will., available for download.  It’s inspiring to see the group punctuate a very gloomy album title so precisely—full stop at the end and all.  Could that period signify the aforementioned death that we will all suffer?  Hmmmmm . . .

by Timothy Gabriele

24 Nov 2010

Is it weird to sympathize with bales of hay? Well, okay, the HD slow-mo target practice does nothing for me either, but here’s a chance for you to hear two of the most exciting bands out there today.  Forest Swords’s dub psychedelic spaghetti western soundtrack hybrid Dagger Paths is likely to hit many Best of 2010 lists, but is probably more likely to appear on many “Albums We Missed in 2010” lists. Remixers Pariah also cut a fantastic little EP on R&S that’s a wild slice of emotive dubstep, the likes of which have made impressions upon the Forest Swords original here.

by Allison Taich

23 Nov 2010

Emulating the heart of the Midwest, Americana darlings the Giving Tree Band combine pastoral, old-time indie-folk with heartfelt narrative lyrics. The band takes their rustic sound to heart with a complete eco-friendly approach to recording, touring and performing music. Their last two albums were recorded via renewable energy at the band’s home studio, and packaged with 100 % recycled materials. Adding to their green efforts, many of the band’s instruments were hand crafted from reclaimed wood and naturally fallen trees. The acoustic octet released their third studio album The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious 21 September, 2010 on Crooked Creek Records, which debuted at number 40 on the Americana Airplay Charts. Check out the Giving Tree Band’s original song and video for “Circles” for a taste of their sweet folksy roots blend.

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The Horrors, the Horrors, or Get Your Halloween On

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