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by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Righteous Fists of Harmony
Releasing: 23 March

From the label: “Daedelus endeavors to compose a requiem for the end—of beliefs, of lives, and of an era. This elegy for a bygone battle sheds light on our own contemporary conundrum: will our faith in modernity be our downfall? Are we blinded by this age of wonders, doomed to be destroyed by our ingenious inventions? Although Daedelus’ music has always juxtaposed organic and electronic elements, they war as never before on Righteous Fists of Harmony, a portrait of a tumultuous era that came crashing to a close.”

01 An Armada Approaches
02 Tidal Waves Uprising
03 The Open Hand Avows
04 Order of the Golden Dawn (featuring Laura Darling)
05 The Finishing of a Thing
06 Succumbing To (featuring Kid A)
07 Stampede Me (with Amir Yaghmai)
08 Fin De Siècle

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime
(Groove Attack)
Releasing: 23 February

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins have teamed for next week’s SomeOthaShip and they just “leaked” this new track to celebrate this week’s digital release of the album.

01 Shine On
02 SomeOthaShip Connect
03 Heaven or Hell
04 Get Up Gogo
05 Mages Sages Ii
06 Fonk 4 U
07 Rain Down
08 Pad Kontrol
09 Boogie
10 Outro
11 Heaven or Hell (Remix)
12 Endure (Oh No Remix)

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime
“Heaven Or Hell” [MP3]

by Tyler Gould

19 Feb 2010

Xiu Xiu
Dear God, I Hate Myself
(Kill Rock Stars)
Releasing: 23 February

There’s a new Xiu Xiu album coming out, which I don’t suspect anybody is too excited about, more so that people are awaiting its release in some religious, jaw-clenching fugue state. That’s music for you, though. Some people like to enjoy it, others like to let it motivate their affected agony to tortured, romantic climax.

01 Gray Death
02 Chocolate Makes You Happy
03 Apple for a Brain
04 House Sparrow
05 Hyunhye’s Theme
06 Dear God, I Hate Myself
07 Secret Motel
08 Falkland Rd.
09 The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation
10 Cumberland Gap
11 This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)
12 Impossible Feeling

“This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)” [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Jack White’s Third Man Records is putting out the debut album by Nashville’s Black Belles and the White Stripe directed this video for the Belles that magically channels the sound of his very own band.

by Sarah Zupko

19 Feb 2010

Just in cased you’ve somehow missed the promotional onslaught and the vast amount of copy expended this week on poring over Martin Scorsese’s career, Shutter Island is indeed coming to U.S. and Canadian theatres today. The film opens in many European countries next week, but oddly won’t see a UK release until 12 March.

Reactions to the film are somewhat mixed, even on our own staff. Chris Barsanti weighed in this morning, giving the film an eight and calling it “a haunted-house spooker mixed with an obsessed-detective noir, Shutter Island is not a great film. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of Scorsese’s best, and one to be remembered.” Meanwhile, Cynthia Fuchs is less bullish on Shutter Island, giving it a lowly four.

Earlier this week, Bill Gibron highlighted 10 key moments in Scorsese’s filmography in a popular article “‘Shutter’ Speed: 10 Seminal Scorsese Moments”. Gibron says of Scorsese that “he reinvents himself with every film, following his own unique ideals while constantly staying cemented in the language of the artform.”

Below are some interviews with the director and the stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley, as well as the author of the original book, Dennis Lehane.

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