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by PopMatters Staff

31 Aug 2009


GusGus
24/7
(Kompakt)
Releasing: 14 September (US)

SONG LIST
01 Thin Ice
02 Hateful
03 On the Job
04 Take Me Baby (feat. Jimi Tenor)
05 Bremen Cowboy
06 Add This Song

by Tyler Gould

31 Aug 2009


Pelican
What We All Come to Need
(Southern Lord)
Releasing: 27 October

Chicago instrumental metal outfit Pelican’s fourth full-length, What We All Come to Need is nigh upon us, recorded by Chris Common of These Arms Are Snakes, and featuring guest spots from Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) and Aaron Turner of Isis. The free-to-download track “Strung Up from the Sky” is a persistent, chugging number, stubborn in its course and rhythm, turning momentarily to take on new riffs and melodies but never wandering far.

SONG LIST
01 Glimmer
02 The Creeper
03 Ephemeral
04 Specks of Light
05 Strung Up from the Sky
06 An Inch Above Sand
07 What We All Come to Need
08 Final Breath

Pelican
“Strung Up from the Sky” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

31 Aug 2009


Taken by Trees
East of Eden
(Rough Trade)
Releasing: 8 September (US)

Victoria Bergsman releases her second album as Taken by Trees. The globe-hopping Swede has worked with the Concretes and Peter Bjorn & John as she developed her exploratory sound. Bergsman wanted to do something very different on East of Eden and record outside modern Western studios, so she trekked to Pakistan to explore her love of Pakistani music and work with Sufi musicians.

SONG LIST
01 To Lose Someone    
02 Anna  
03 Watch the Waves   
04 Greyest Love of All  
05 Tidens Gång  
06 Wapas Karna  
07 My Boys
08 Day by Day  
09 Bekännelse

Taken By Trees
“Watch the Waves” [MP3]
     

by Katharine Wray

31 Aug 2009


Michael Moore, the director of Bowling for Columbine, has done it again with Capitalism: A Love Story. Tackling the recent financial crisis and the transition from the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration, Moore ruffles more than a few feathers with this documentary.

by Katharine Wray

31 Aug 2009


Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger
(Scribner)
Releasing: 29 September

Audrey Niffenegger’s sophomore attempt to The Time Traveler’s Wife. A hard act to follow, to be sure. This Chicago native takes her story telling skills to London to tell a ghost story.

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