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by John Bohannon

29 Apr 2009


Following in the Virginia metal workhorse tradition of Gwar, Municipal Waste, and Pig Destroyer comes Moutheater, a band rooted in ‘90s grunge tradition via the Melvins and Jesus Lizard, yet falling in the line with the minimalist approach of heavy up-and-comers Tombs. The one quality that helps the band standout above the white noise of their peers comes from the vocals of Andrew Aircraft (and what a name). With enough roar power to require a new set of drawers, “Guts” is a short and sweet statement of raw power. The band’s first 7” was recorded by the king of heavy, Steve Albini, and their new album Ornament is due out June 30th on Thrashed Records.

Moutheater
“Guts” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

29 Apr 2009


Dead Oceans has just released a new MP3 from the upcoming John Vanderslice album Romanian Names (US: 19 May / UK: 18 May). The singer-songwriter also has a packed tour schedule beginning in May, highlighted by three appearances at the Outside Lands Music Festival (tour dates after the jump).

John Vanderslice
“Too Much Time” [MP3]
     

“Fetal Horses” [MP3]
     

by Sarah Zupko

28 Apr 2009


Bob Dylan: Together Through Life—The big release of the week comes from one of the most important songwriters in pop music history. Dylan has been undergoing something of a renaissance late in life, working at a pace many younger musicians can’t match. Together Through Life came together on the road last year and is something of a bonus to fans, coming hot on the heels of 2008’s critically acclaimed The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs.

by Andrew Martin

28 Apr 2009


El Michels Affair hooked up with the Wu-Tang Clan a few years back for a live show that spawned a limited run of 7-inch singles. But now with Enter the 37th Chamber, the soul-funk band is tackling the gritty hip-hop collective’s best tracks on its own. Here we have an MP3 download of El Michels Affair’s “C.R.E.A.M.”, perhaps the Clan’s most memorable joint. From the famous twinkling piano to the dusty drums, it’s all there and then some. Enter the 37th Chamber is available now on Fat Beats.

El Michels Affair
“C.R.E.A.M.” [MP3]
     

by Sarah Zupko

27 Apr 2009


The French duo of Miss Kittin and the Hacker first got together in back in 2001 for the album First Album and turned out the lewd, but catchy “Frank Sinatra”. I won’t recount those lyrics here, but you can listen on Lala.com. Our very own Terry Sawyer said of the duo, “they created decadent club music for people too arch and smart for typical white label fare.”

They haven’t worked together since then and Miss Kittin went on to record I Com, while the Hacker went off on his own as a DJ and remixer working with the likes of Air and Laurent Garnier. The two began writing together again back in 2006 and hit the stage in 2007. Now they are releasing their first full-length since 2001 on May 19th with TWO. They’re a bit less outrageous this go-around and a tad more sophisticated to boot. Sample their new approach here with the online premiere of “Electronic City”.

Miss Kittin & The Hacker
“Electronic City” [MP3]
     

Miss Kittin & The HackerTWO—(Nobody’s Bizzness,19 May)

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