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by PopMatters Staff

24 Sep 2009


Arctic Monkeys played “Cornerstone” off their latest album, Humbug last night on Craig Ferguson. Emily Tartanella praised the “gorgeous balladry of ‘Cornerstone’ that feels like pure brilliance.”

by Tyler Gould

23 Sep 2009


The new video for Octoberman‘s “Thirty Reasons”, from Fortresses begins naturally enough: a man with a guitar sits outside and sings a plea for somebody to come back home and settle down. His reasons are numerous—though we never hear the specifics—but ineffective, and the singer knows it: “But I know / the thirty reasons you / have to break away / and set out on your own”. Are pleading lover songs ever really about winning somebody back? Isn’t that sort of an outlandish expectation?

The natural vibe breaks when a woman comes on-screen with a bounce and a stolid two-step and a backing band appears with snaps and harmonies. The cracks and strains of frontman Marc Morrissette’s voice evoke an acute longing-for-longing’s-sake and it becomes clear: the song is an end in itself, a small bit of “peace of mind”.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Sep 2009


Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Jim James, and Mike Mogis, better known as Monsters of Folk, dropped by Conan O’Brien’s stage last night to play this track off their “supergroup” album ingeniously titled Monsters of Folk. Watch for the album review tomorrow on PopMatters.

by Tyler Gould

23 Sep 2009


The Black Seeds
Solid Ground
(Easy Star)
Releasing: 29 September

Solid Ground is already out in Europe and the Black Seeds’ home, New Zealand, and has been available on iTunes since September 15th. The afro-dub/reggae/soul octet’s latest will be available in North America on the 29th.

SONG LIST
01 Come to Me  
02 Slingshot  
03 Take Your Chances  
04 Love Is a Radiation  
05 Send a Message  
06 Make a Move  
07 One Step at a Time  
08 Bulletproof  
09 Afrophone  
10 Strugglers  
11 Rotten Apple  
12 Bubble  
13 Make a Move Dub

by Tyler Gould

23 Sep 2009


The Prodigy have released a video for “Take Me to the Hospital”, the new single off their latest album, Invaders Must Die. A number of remixes are floating around, one of which, available exclusively on iTunes, features full-time Queen of the Stone Age and occasional Crooked Vulture, Josh Homme.

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Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

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