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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009
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The Thermals’ last proper full album release, The Body, the Blood, the Machine, was pretty highly though of around these parts. Michael Keefe gave it an 8 and it landed on our best albums of the year list, with Joe Tacopino calling it “Hutch Harris’s Orwellian allegory, sort of like 1984 set against a backdrop of ultra catchy power-pop hooks and a rollicking rhythm section punctuated by the buoyant bass lines of Kathy Foster.”


They’ve since left Sub Pop Records and have a new release, Now We Can See, dropping April 7th on Kill Rock Stars. Ultra poppy and yet biting, “Now We Can See” is the first single.


The Thermals
“Now We Can See” [MP3]
     


Track listing:
01. When I Died
02. We Were Sick
03. I Let It Go
04. Now We Can See
05. At the Bottom of the Sea
06. When We Were Alive
07. I Called Out Your Name
08. When I Was Afraid
09. Liquid In, Liquid Out
10. How We Fade
11. You Dissolve


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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009
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Mehan Jayasuriya raved about Crystal Antlers debut EP last year giving it an 8 and described the California band as “a punk band only in the loosest sense of that term; the band often plays loud, hard and fast, though its songs incorporate elements from such disparate genres as psych, garage, and prog. They’ve got a killer rhythm section that figures prominently in the mix, they’re not afraid to solo or wander off on psychedelic tangents, their vocalist alternates between a hoarse scream and a bluesy wail and when they rock out—which is often—they fire on all cylinders.”


Their full length, Tentacles, releases on Touch and Go on April 7th in North America and April 6th in the UK. They recently stopped by Fuel TV to play for The Daily Habit.


 


Crystal Antlers - “Andrew”


Crystal Antlers - “Until the Sun Dies Part Two”


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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009

Lily Allen talks to the Today show before playing her latest single “The Fear”. Matt Lauer asks her about if she stays in and orders Chinese now and is all settled and mature now. Kinda hard to pound the pavements hunting down all those new clothes she talks about in “The Fear” if that’s really the case. After all, “weapons of mass consumption” don’t really spend their lives sitting about wondering what to cook up for dinner and watch on the telly that night.



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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009

Chairlift had the unfortunate distinction of being a sales pitch for iPod’s Nano last year. And although the commercial garnered them much attention it may have also created the impression of a one-hit wonder. The video for “Evident Utensil” tries to dispel these notions with some darker hues and trippy post-production. (via Pitchfork TV)


TOUR DATES
Feb 13 2009 Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn
Feb 15 2009 Kidrockers @ 92Y Tribeca New York
Feb 20 2009 Route du Rock Hiver St Malo
Feb 21 2009 Le GD Mix [w/ Kill the vulture, Vetiver] Lille
Feb 22 2009 La Maroquinerie [w/ Women] Paris
Feb 24 2009 Koko [NME award w/ Metronomy London
Feb 25 2009 Pure Groove In-Store London
Mar 7 2009 Santos Party House New York
Mar 13 2009 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Mar 14 2009 Schubas Tavern Chicago, Illinois
Mar 16 2009 Gargoyle Club St.Louis, Missouri
Mar 17 2009 The Jackpot Saloon Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 18 2009 Opolis Norman, Oklahoma
Mar 19 2009 Red 7 Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2009 Club 1808 Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 Urban Outfitters Austin, Texas
Mar 22 2009 House Of Blues - Pontiac Garage Dallas, Texas
Mar 23 2009 Warehouse Live Houston, Texas
Mar 23 2009 Club Downunder Tallahassee, Florida
Mar 24 2009 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mar 25 2009 House of Blues Parish New Orleans, Louisiana
Mar 27 2009 40 Watt Club Athens, Georgia
Mar 28 2009 Exit In Nashville, Tennessee
Apr 13 2009 Chop Suey [w/ Sebastian Tellier] Seattle, Washington
Apr 15 2009 Doug Fir Lounge [w/ Sebastian Tellier] Portland, Oregon
Apr 17 2009 The Independent [w/ Sebastian Tellier] San Francisco, California
Apr 19 2009 Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado
Apr 21 2009 Fine Line Music Cafe [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 22 2009 Pabst Theatre [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Apr 23 2009 Metro [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Chicago, Illinois
Apr 24 2009 Southgate House [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Newport, Kentucky
Apr 25 2009 Phoenix Theatre [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Toronto, Ontario
Apr 26 2009 Capital Music Hall [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Ottawa, Ontario
Apr 27 2009 Le National [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Montreal, Quebec
Apr 28 2009 Paradise [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 29 2009 Webster Hall [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] New York, New York
Apr 30 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Brooklyn, New York
May 1 2009 World Cafe [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 2 2009 9:30 Club [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Washington DC
Jun 11 2009 Bonnaroo Manchester, Tennessee


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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009

“Twisted Tongue” is an absolutely mind-blowing track from Woods, a fuzzed out pop band based in Brooklyn.  Pull away all the blown-out vocals, tape effects, and low-fi glory, and you’ve basically got a pop track as catchy and sweet as anything by the Archies. But, luckily, that stuff is there. So it’s okay to like it. Check it out at their MySpace, below.


As a bonus, here’s a video of the band performing it live, via local music show New York Noise.


TOUR DATES
Mar 15 2009 Howlers w/BLANK DOGS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 16 2009 The Summit w/ BLANK DOGS, TIMES NEW VIKING Columbus, Ohio
Mar 17 2009 AV Aerie w/ BLANK DOGS Chicago, Illinois
Mar 18 2009 LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS w/ BLANK DOGS Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 19 2009 2908 Cole Street w/blank dogs Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 SXSW@Emo’s Jr. Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2009 SXSW @Ms Beas Austin, Texas


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