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by PopMatters Staff

6 May 2009


Sub Pop is releasing a two-CD compilation of unreleased songs from the indie folk group Iron & Wine on 19 May called Around the Well. The vinyl version will include three albums including this track exclusive to the LPs.

Iron & Wine
“The Trapeze Singer” [MP3]
     

by Sarah Zupko

5 May 2009


Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band: Outer South—Former Bright Eyes poster boy, Conor Oberst returns in rootsy guise for his second album with the Mystic Valley Band and now resides firmly in that space between alt-country and pop that is also occupied by Wilco.

New York Dolls: Cause I Sez So—The New York Dolls were at the very forefront of the punk revolution, forming in 1971 and being the primary influence on early UK punk bands like the Sex Pistols and to a lesser degree the Clash. The original group broke up in the late ‘70s, but David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain reunited the band in 2004 and put out their first studio record since 1974 in 2006. Now they have another gritty rock platter for us in Cause I Sez So.

by Sarah Zupko

4 May 2009


Alex & Liane direct the newest Tiga video, “Shoes”, which is the lead-off single from the Canadian DJ’s new album Ciao! releasing May 26th on Last Gang Records. It’s a bit of futuristic high fashion and glammy foot fetish kink on the colorful video.

Tiga
“Shoes” [MP3]
     

by Jon Bream / Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)

1 May 2009


(Loona/Abaca Press/MCT)

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen’s songs are better known than he is.

Starting with Judy Collins in 1966 (“Suzanne”), they’ve been covered more than 1,500 times by other singers, whose versions often became more famous than his own.

Like Kris Kristofferson, Cohen is both a songwriting giant and a less-than-pretty singer. He has never had a song land in the top 40. Only two of his 18 albums have gone gold and one is a “hits” collection.

With the 74-year-old Canadian poet on his first U.S. tour in 15 years, we picked the best covers of 12 of his best-known songs.

by PopMatters Staff

1 May 2009


Tori Amos’ new album Abnormally Attracted to Sin releases 19 May and Amos is now offering a free track (“Maybe California”) via her website. Oh, and there’s a video too…

Tori Amos
“Maybe California” [MP3] email sign-up required

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