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by PopMatters Staff

29 Sep 2009


Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Xenophanes
(Rodriguez Lopez Productions)
Releasing: 28 September (Europe) / 10 November (US)

The Mars Volta guitarist offers up another solo album in Xenophanes. This one is a concept album that with grand ambition depicts the life journey through birth, death and re-birth. Lopez sings the whole record in his native Spanish and it’s the first album to spotlight lead vocals from the man Rolling Stone labeled as one of the “Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

SONG LIST
01 Azoemia
02 Mundo De Ciegos
03 Ojo Al Cristo De Plata
04 Amanita Virosa
05 Sangrando Detrás De Los Ojos
06 Desarraigo
07 Asco Que Conmueve Los Puntos Erógenos
08 Oremos
09 Perder El Arte De La Razón Sin Mover Un Sólo Dedo
10 Flores De Cizaña
11 Maria Celeste

Omar Rodriguez Lopez
“Mundo De Ciegos” [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

28 Sep 2009


Efterklang & the Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Performing Parades
(Leaf Label)
Releasing: 20 October

Performing Parades will be released with the 55-minute live concert film, a behind the scenes documentary, video clips for six songs from Parades as well as the video for “Mirador”. Check out videos for “Caravan” and “Cutting Ice to Snow” below; they’re bizarre and delightful, and the image of the band playing and marching among the orchestra, outnumbered and battling with bigger sounds, is quite the spectacle.

SONG LIST
01 Polygene
02 Mirador
03 Him Poe Poe
04 Horseback Tenors
05 Mimeo
06 Frida Found a Friend
07 Maison de Reflexion
08 Blowing Lungs Like Bubbles
09 Caravan
10 Illuminant
11 Cutting Ice to Snow

by Tyler Gould

28 Sep 2009


If you’re anywhere remotely close to Chicago, you should be happy to know that Tortoise is doing a free (free!) in-store performance at Reckless Records, at 5 P.M., Sunday, October 4th. I suppose there’s a 3% chance they just saw Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and are going to do a bait-and-switch with some obnoxious man named Randy, but I’m 97% sure that it is a blessing from the music gods and we shouldn’t question it. In the meantime, enjoy the video for “Prepare Your Coffin”, and maybe even download the MP3. You deserve it.

Tortoise
Prepare Your Coffin [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

28 Sep 2009


“Relator”, by these two very beautiful people, could not be more bland. It would miss the cut for a Rob Thomas album. Train would find it dull. It might put the Fray to sleep. Johansson seems unsure of her twangy, so-average-it-hurts singing voice, and Yorn appears to protest too much, as if he hears the festering corpse of a song he’s found himself singing and is trying to trick his brain into finding it halfway decent.

by Tyler Gould

28 Sep 2009


Lead singer Shingai Shoniwa appeared to be wearing either a repurposed colander or salvaged piece of Dot Matrix’s costume from Spaceballs, but she made it work as she gallivanted about the stage, without wearing any shoes, last Friday. Letterman famously keeps his studio at an uncomfortably low temperature, so I hope she didn’t catch a chill.

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