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Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009
Move over White Stripes.

They may not be the most famous male-female roots rock duo in the world, but Dex Romweber and his sister Sara were pounding out stripped down blues and manic rockabilly when Jack and Meg were in middle school. Jack White has, in fact, publicly acknowledged Romweber as “a huge influence” calling “his songwriting, along with his love of classic American music from the south, be it rockabilly, country or R&B… one of the best kept secrets of the rock ‘n’ roll underground”. The two Romwebers—note they are actually brother and sister—have a new album out on Bloodshot on February 10th, called Ruins of Berlin. Three of its tracks are duets with a-list alt.twangers Neko Case, Exene Cervenka and Cat Powers, but the rest is just family, plus Southern Culture on the Skids’ Rick Miller. That’s the team for “Picture of You”, a heel-rocking, old-time strut through Eddie Cochrane territory, and “Lookout” whose bluegrassy licks might just catch fire from all the friction.


Dex Romweber Duo
“Picture of You” [MP3]
     


“Lookout” [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009

Hot Panda, a new Canadian pop band, releases their debut today on Mint Records. Entitled Volcano… Bloody Volcano, it’s a dose of off-kilter, spastic pop. Case in point, check out “Cold Hands, Chapped Lips”. The boys have four SXSW appearances lined up so far (dates and times below).


Hot Panda
“Cold Hands, Chapped Lips” [MP3] from Volcano… Bloody Volcano [10 February]
     


SXSW APPEARANCES
March 18, 3 pm - Beauty Bar (Breakthru Radio Party)
March 19, 3 pm - Headhunters (Mint/Venus Magazine BBQ)
March 19, 4 pm - Room 710 (Pirate Promotions party)
March 21, 8 pm - Habanna Calle 6 (Mint Records Showcase)


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Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Scottish twee-poppers Camera Obscura release their latest album My Maudlin Career in the US on the 21 of April. Those on the other side of the pond can pick it up on April 20th. The band is offering a free download of “My Maudlin Career”, yep same name as the album. This is just a taster though as the first single will be “French Navy”, releasing in April as well.


Camera Obscura
“My Maudlin Career” [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009

Coming off a tour of India where they caused all sorts of trouble, lo-fi rockers the Black Lips give us a taste of their forthcoming album 200 Million Thousand, due out February 24th. “Short Fuse” displays the band’s signature jangle, wacky lyrics and general old-school rock aesthetic. Take a listen before it “blows up like an atom bomb”.


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“Short Fuse” [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009

Matthew Tow joined the Brian Jonestown Massacre back in 2003, but he’s also the main man behind pysch jangle poppers the Lovetones. The Lovetones put out their debut Be What You Want in 2002 on venerable pure pop label Bomp!. They return this year with their fourth album, Dimensions, releasing on February 24th through Planting Seeds Records. Their US tour is set to begin in April. “Journeyman” is heavily ‘60s drenched, like much of this band’s music.


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Journeyman [MP3]
     



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