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by PopMatters Staff

13 Jul 2009


Lily Allen has just released her latest video. “22” attacks the misogyny inherent in the assumption that a woman’s life is over once she’s past the full flower of youth.

Despite being on DFA, despite having a logo that looks like some kind of pseudo-Eg-Banger rip-off, and despite having a name that makes them sound like a bedroom house music project from Sweden, Free Energy is, in fact, heartbreakingly melodic, toe-tapping, Southern-and-glam-inflected rock for stoners in fact and theory. Fans of Big Star, T-Rex, and getting drunk in rusted-out pickup trucks should get very excited.

The State of Jones
by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer
(Doubleday)
Hardcover, 416 pages, $27.50
Released: 23 June 2009 (US)

The State of Jones is a true story about the South during the Civil War—the real South. Not the South that has been mythologized in novels and movies, but an authentic, hardscrabble place where poor men were forced to fight a rich man’s war for slavery and cotton. In Jones County, Mississippi, a farmer named Newton Knight led his neighbors, white and black alike, in an insurrection against the Confederacy at the height of the Civil War. Knight’s life story mirrors the little-known story of class struggle in the South—and it shatters the image of the Confederacy as a unified front against the Union.”—Doubleday

The State of Jones
Chapter One [PDF]

Starlight Mints
Change Remains
(Barsuk)
Releasing: 21 July 2009 (US/UK)

SONG LIST
01 Coffins ‘R’ Us
02 Natural
03 Paralyzed
04 Zoomba
05 Black Champagne
06 Power Bleed
07 Gazeretti
08 Sesame (Untie the Wrath)
09 Snorkel with a Turtle
10 40 Fingers

Starlight Mints
“Paralyzed” [MP3]
     

“Zoomba” [MP3]
     

The Avett Brothers
I and Love and You
(Columbia/American)
Release date: 11 August 2009

SONG LIST
1. I and Love and You
2. January Wedding
3. Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise
4. And It Spread
5. The Perfect Space
6. Ten Thousand Words
7. Kick Drum Heart
8. Laundry Room
9. Ill with Want
10. Tin Man
11. Slight Figure of Speech
12. It Goes On and On
13. Incomplete and Insecure

The Avett Brothers
“I and Love and You” [MP3]
     

Here is a live performance of the album’s title song.

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