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Thursday, Jan 29, 2009

Talk about an interesting backstory… Timothy Showalter the fellow who is Strand of Oaks was an an Indiana Mennonite before becoming a Pennsylvania Hebrew Dayschool teacher. He drives a bus too. Hey, we all gotta make a living in this brutal economy. Especially someone like Showalter, whose house burned down right after a relationship broke up. That’s a serious double whammy. So, perhaps it’s not surprising that Strand of Oak’s music isn’t the perkiest sounding stuff on the planet. Still, all that drama lends Showalter a certain degree of gravity when confronting life’s unpleasantries in music. “End in Flames” is the lead-off song from his album Leave Ruin that released this week on La Société Expéditionnaire.


Strand of Oaks
End in Flames [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Just in town for PopMatters’ week celebrating Motown, Raphael Saadiq has released a new video, “100 Yard Dash”. In our Slipped Discs 2008 feature, Steve Horowitz said that “Saadiq has brought that music [Motown] back into the present. His tribute to the Motor City magic strikes the right balance of reverence and fun as he recalls why people enjoyed the Sound of Young America even during the country’s most turbulent decade.”



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Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The Rakes
The Light From Your Mac [MP3] from Klang [24 March]
     


Marissa Nadler
River of Dirt [MP3] from Little Hells [3 March]
     


The Chrysler
First Blood [MP3]
     


Or, the Whale
Rope Don’t Break [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The Morning Benders and the Submarines are touring together all through February and they have just offered up a couple of free downloads covering each other’s songs. Tour dates are listed below. The Submarines have a remix EP with versions of “You Me & the Bourgeoisie” releasing digitally on February 17 and the Morning Benders also have an EP coming out on February 24 called Grain of Salt. The first two tracks here are those covers we just mentioned, while the third song is a B-side from Grain of Salt.


The Morning Benders
1940 (Submarines cover) [MP3]
     


The Submarines
Waiting for a War (Morning Benders cover) [MP3]
     


The Morning Benders
Your Dark Side [MP3]
     


TOUR DATES


Jan 29 2009     8:00P
  THE LOFT   SAN DIEGO, California
Jan 30 2009   8:00P
  DETROIT BAR   COSTA MESA, California
Feb 1 2009   8:00P
  CLUB CONGRESS   TUCSON, Arizona
Feb 3 2009   8:00P
  STUBB’S BBQ   AUSTIN, Texas
Feb 4 2009   8:00P
  PONTIAC GARAGE   DALLAS, Texas
Feb 6 2009   8:00P
  DRUNKEN UNICORN   ATLANTA, Georgia
Feb 7 2009   8:00P
  LOCAL 506   CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina
Feb 8 2009   8:00P
  BLACK CAT BACKSTAGE   DC, Washington DC
Feb 9 2009   8:00P
  JOHNNY BRENDAS   PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Feb 10 2009   8:00P
  MERCURY LOUNGE   NEW YORK, New York
Feb 11 2009   8:00P
  BELL HOUSE   BROOKLYN, New York
Feb 13 2009   8:00P
  MIDDLE EAST   BOSTON, Massachusetts
Feb 14 2009   8:00P
  IL MOTORE   MONTREAL, Quebec
Feb 15 2009   8:00P
  DRAKE HOTEL   TORONTO, Ontario
Feb 17 2009   8:00P
  SCHUBAS   CHICAGO, Illinois
Feb 18 2009   8:00P
  TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB   MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota
Feb 20 2009   8:00P
  HI-DIVE   DENVER, Colorado
Feb 21 2009   8:00P
  KILBY COURT   SALT LAKE CITY, Utah
Feb 23 2009   8:00P
  BILTMORE CABARET   VANCOUVER, British Columbia
Feb 24 2009   8:00P
  CHOP SUEY   SEATTLE, Washington
Feb 25 2009   8:00P
  DOUG FIR   PORTLAND, Oregon
Feb 27 2009   8:00P
  SLIMS (NOISE POP)    SAN FRANCISCO, California
Feb 28 2009   8:00P
  THE TROUBADOR   LOS ANGELES, California


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Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The new Black Lips record, 200 Million Thousand, releases February 24th on Vice Records. Here is the new single, “Short Fuse”, and the upcoming tour dates.


The Black Lips
Short Fuse [MP3]
     


TOUR DATES


02-26 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
02-27 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse


03-04 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
03-05 Washington, DC – Black Cat
03-06 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
03-07 Cambridge, MA – Middle East
03-09 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-10 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-12 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
03-13 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
03-14 Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium
03-15 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
03-16 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
03-17 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
03-18 Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
03-20 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-21 Austin, TX – SXSW
03-23 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
03-25 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
03-26 Tampa, FL - Orpheum
03-27 Miami, FL – Churchill’s
03-28 Gainesville, FL – Common Ground
03-29 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
03-30 Orlando, FL – The Social


04-15 Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
04-16 San Diego, CA - Casbah
04-17 Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
04-18 Tucson, AZ - Plush
04-20 Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
04-21 Denver, CO - Bluebird
04-22 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
04-23 Boise, ID – Neurolox
04-24 Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pan
04-25 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
04-27 Eugene, OR – Wow Hall
04-28 Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp
04-29 Santa Cruz, CA – The Blue Lagoon
04-30 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall


05-01 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
05-02 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse


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