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by Thomas Britt

14 May 2010


There are many reasons to arrive at shows in time to see supporting acts. In addition to being treated to more entertainment for the price of admission, watching opening bands often lends much-needed support to acts that are still building an audience. Perhaps the best outcome is a mutual discovery, wherein the band finds that audience and the crowd is exposed to music that theretofore had been under the radar. This is the case with Laminated Cat, whose Umbrella Weather was released late last year. Opening for the Apples in Stereo on recent dates surrounding the release of that band’s excellent Travellers in Space and Time, Laminated Cat did not necessarily play to the full-capacity attendance enjoyed by the headliner, but the young band’s performance was revelatory.

On a superficial level, the Maine band’s “scruffy young brothers” vibe recalls the emergence of Kings of Leon years ago. Musically, however, Laminated Cat could not be further removed from the shiny product that Kings of Leon eventually became. Avowed admirers of Elephant Six releases and the Beatles, the members of Laminated Cat create a beguiling mixture of psychedelic folk/rock. Umbrella Weather—recorded by Craig Morris, Tanner Smith, and A.J. Griffin with supervision from the Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider—does bear the sonic influence of Elephant Six acts, but it also brings to mind the sorely missed Beachwood Sparks and early Sparklehorse. The album was released through Garden Gate Records, whose “mission is to release music that should not go unheard, that the world needs to hear… sounds for the ears of the future”.

by Paul Gregory Alms

14 May 2010


Seattle Pop group, Math and Physics Club, has a new CD out on Matinee Recordings in June and a new single. The CD is called I Shouldn’t Look As Good As I Do and the single is “Jimmy Had a Polaroid”. More delicious guitars, melodies and sweet longing from this band which has cornered the market for shimmery pop music. The singer’s voice is just happy enough to take the edge off his unfulfilled desires and memories. We know he is sad but we still want to dance around a little bit.

by Henry Guyer

14 May 2010


Unless you get the honor and the privilege to live in the Land of the Rising Sun, you won’t be able to enjoy Shugo Tokumaru’s new album Port Entropy just yet. It is reserved for a Japan-only release at the moment for the 21st of May. You can, however, watch over and over again his latest video for “Rum Hee”, which sums up his deserved rise since 2008’s Exit nicely. It’s nostalgic, quirky, and overflows with a profoundly sophisticated and catchy pop arrangement.

by Arnold Pan

14 May 2010


Cold Cave’s “Life Magazine” was one of the best singles of 2009, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving with the release of a remix 12” EP by Matador on June 8. Eminent DJ-types like Pantha Du Prince and Optimo (Espacio) offer reduxes of “Life Magazine”, though it’s doubtful they’ll be able to top the blaring, anthemic electro-pop of the original. Some of the remixes are streaming at the Matador Matablog, as well as a bonus version by Optimo (Espacio)—the “Flexi Pop Mix”—that’s an online exclusive not available on the EP.

SONG LIST:
01 Life Magazine (The Arthur Baker’s Not Going Back Remix)

02 Life Magazine (An Optimo (Espacio) Remix)

03 Life Magazine (Pantha Du Prince First Flash Remix)

04 Life Magazine (Prurient Remix)

by PopMatters Staff

14 May 2010


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Mojo
(Reprise)
Releasing: 15 June

Tom Petty releases his first album with the Heartbreakers since 2002’s The Last DJ. The veteran rocker is going to back to his musical roots on this one, recording the tracks live with no overdubs to achieve a real rock ‘n’ roll immediacy. The album will be supported by a massive tour extending into the fall where the band will be supported along the way by major acts such as Joe Cocker, Drive-by Truckers, ZZ Top and Buddy Guy, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and My Morning Jacket. This should be one of the summer’s big money-making tours. “First Flash of Freedom” is streaming now over at tompetty.com and below.

As a bonus for buying a concert ticket, you can get a free copy of the new album. Here are the details: “When you purchase a ticket online, you’ll get an email with codes entitling you to download two tracks from Mojo (“First Flash of Freedom” and “Good Enough”.) Then, on release date (June 15) you’ll be sent a download of the entire album. And later in the summer, after the tour, you’ll get a selection of live tracks recorded during the tour.”

SONG LIST
01 Jefferson Jericho Blues
02 First Flash of Freedom
03 Running Man’s Bible
04 The Trip to Pirate’s Cove
05 Candy
06 No Reason to Cry
07 I Should Have Known It
08 U.S. 41
09 Takin’ My Time
10 Let Yourself Go
11 Don’t Pull Me Over
12 Lover’s Touch
13 High in the Morning
14 Something Good Coming
15 Good Enough



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