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by Allison Taich

30 Sep 2009


Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave) and Boots Riley (The Coup) joined forces earlier this year to combine their vices of socially- and politically-driven music. The result of their merger was the Street Sweeper Social Club (SSSC). After massive amounts of touring, appearances, and YouTubing, SSSC has declared the song “Promenade” as their new single. Complete with an extended guitar solo, “Promenade” offers everything from funk, rap, ‘80s metal, to square dancing. The song starts out with a funky bass line, leading up to Riley’s lyrics in a hoe-down fashion, giving one the urge to jump around, do-si-do, head bang, and dance all at once.

About three quarters of the way through the song, Morello unleashes an uncharacteristic guitar solo. Straying from his classic turn-table scratching aesthetic, Morello’s solo is clean, sounding more like power rock from the 1980s. Eventually he throws in some trademark scratching, only to return to the power chords. Morello stated in a made-for-YouTube video that “Promenade” was chosen as SSSC’s newest single, “because people went absolutely buck nuts when we played this song in concert.” The song can bestreamed through SSSC’s website.

by Tyler Gould

30 Sep 2009


If you’re keen on the Chicago-based Netherfriends’ rambunctious single, “Nunya”, hear them do it live in their Daytrotter session, or watch them on tour (dates after the jump).

Netherfriends
Nunya [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

29 Sep 2009


Kings of Convenience
Declaration of Dependence
(Virgin)
Releasing: 20 October

It’s been five years since the last Kings of Convenience album, but Declaration of Dependence is almost upon us, preceding its arrival with a new (non-embeddable) video for the breezy, bossa nova “Mrs Cold” and a slightly-less-new video for “Boat Behind”.

SONG LIST
01 24 To 25
02 Mrs Cold
03 Me In You
04 Boat Behind
05 Rule My World
06 My Ship Isn’t Pretty
07 Renegade
08 Power Of Not Knowing
09 Peacetime Resistance
10 Freedom And Its Owner
11 Riot On An Empty Street
12 Second To Numb
13 Scars On Land

by Katharine Wray

29 Sep 2009


Harry Connick, Jr.
Your Songs
(Sony)
Release: 22 September [U.S.] 19 October [U.K.]

Harry Connick, Jr. croons his way through new classics and old standards on Your Songs. Hear him talk about the album in the Jazz.FM interview below.

SONG LIST
01 All The Way
02 Just The Way You Are
03 Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
04 And I Love Her
05 (They Long To Be) Close To You
06 Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)
07 The Way You Look Tonight
08 First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
09 Your Song
10 Some Enchanted Evening
11 And I Love You So
12 Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
13 Smile
14 Mona Lisa

   

by Katharine Wray

29 Sep 2009


Turbo Fruits
Echo Kid
(Fat Possum)
Releasing: 29 September

Jonas Stein, formerly of Be Your Pet, has formed Turbo Fruits who have released their new album, Echo Kid, today. To get a taste of this particular strain of garage rock, go here to download three songs and get opted in to the Turbo Fruits newsletter, which you may then immediately opt out of, if you’re not interested in having a deluge of Turbo Fruits updates delivered to your inbox.

SONG LIST
01 Want Some Mo’
02 Naked With You
03 Trouble!
04 Mama’s Mad Cos I Fried My Brain
05 On the Road
06 Hold Me
07 Get Up Get on Down (Tonite)
08 Sadie
09 Broadzilla
10 My Stupid Heart
11 Lotta Lotta Ladies
12 Dear Moses

Turbo Fruits are currently on tour with Monotonix. Dates after the jump.

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