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by Tyler Gould

21 Oct 2009


Phoenix may be approaching a saturation point, what with Cadillac commercials and appearances on every late night talk show known to man, but if you have seventy-odd minutes to kill, check out Musicvision Phoenix and hear the members of the band listen to and talk about twenty songs that changed their lives.

by Tyler Gould

21 Oct 2009


Little Girls
Concepts
(Paper Bag)
Releasing: 30 October (limited edition vinyl) 13 October (CD / MP3)

You can already find the latest from Toronto’s Little Girls on CD and MP3, and a vinyl edition, limited to 300 copies, will come out later this month. “Growing” reminds me of an early Asobi Seksu song stripped of its lush instrumentation and Yuki Chikudate’s voice. It is pop music, for sure, but it’s the most reclusive pop music I’ve ever heard. Beneath the dreamy guitar and muffled vocals, there’s a hook.

SONG LIST
01 Youth Tunes
02 Seeing
03 Tambourine
04 Concepts
05 Imaginary Friends
06 Salt Swimmers
07 Thrills
08 Departure
09 Venom
10 Last Call
11 Growing

Little Girls
Growing [MP3]
     

Tambourine [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

21 Oct 2009


Here’s another track Casablancas’ first solo effort, Phrazes for the Young, which comes out on November 3rd. Its madcap pacing sounds odd and hurried, its up-and-down riff is an earworm of the worst order—what is the appeal of this? This is montage music for a cut-rate evil robot assembling factory. Imagine it blaring with laughable urgency as glowing red eyes flick on and whirring motors propel the robots, single file, to their certain death at the bazooka of a musclebound movie star—a throwaway song for disposable henchmen.

by Tyler Gould

20 Oct 2009


Kanye West jumped the shark in a lot of people’s minds when he shanghaied Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech to lavish praise on Beyonce, but maybe his boorishness is an affliction, maybe he’s just a normal person ill-equipped to handle the mind-bending fishbowl of fame. On a material level, it’s easy being Kanye West, but maybe it’s not easy being Kanye West. Or maybe he’s just a jerk. Either way, a night in the life of Ye as directed by Spike Jonze is distressing, and as the film progresses, very surreal.

by Tyler Gould

20 Oct 2009


Atlas Sound
Logos
(4AD)
Releasing: Yesterday!

Bradford Cox’s follow-up to 2007’s Let the Blind Lead Those Who Cannot See just came out, and if you order through Rough Trade you get a nice little bonus disc with some alternate versions of Logos tracks and some unreleased material.

SONG LIST
01 The Light That Failed
02 An Orchid
03 Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)
04 Criminals
05 Attic Lights
06 Shelia
07 Quick Canal (ft. Laetitia Sadier)
08 My Halo
09 Kid Klimax
10 Washington School
11 Logos
     
Atlas Sound
Walkabout [MP3]
     

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Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

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""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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