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by Eleanore Catolico

7 Oct 2009


Tegan and Sara
Sainthood
(Sire)
Releasing: 27 October

Sainthood will be Canadian indie rock duo Tegan and Sara’s sixth studio album off Sire Records. Known for their highly personal lyrics, Tegan and Sara will be giving an even more intimate look into their onstage/offstage sisterhood dynamic by releasing a three-book set entitled, “On, In, At”, which will be available for pre-order Sainthood. The book set features writings and photographs taken from the band’s onstage experience, their writing session in New Orleans, and the final tour supporting their last album, The Con. The not-so-beatific first single “Hell” shoots barbs at city trash and the jaded. Stream “Hell” on Tegan and Sara’s official website, and check out the three tour dates they’ve just announced below.

SONG LIST
01 Arrow
02 Don’t Rush
03 Hell
04 On Directing
05 Red Belt
06 The Cure
07 Northshore
08 Night Watch
09 Alligator
10 Paperback Head
11 The Ocean
12 Sentimental Tune
13 Someday

TOUR DATES
Oct 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theater
Oct 30 - New York, NY - Town Hall
Oct 31 - New York, NY - Town Hall

by Tyler Gould

7 Oct 2009


The voice on this young Brit could be pop gold a capella, and it’s simply unstoppable when paired with the production on “Under the Sheets” from her friend and frequent collaborator, Starsmith. Try and catch her live on one of the tour dates below. The “Under the Sheets” 7” will come out on Neon Gold on November 9th.

Ellie Goulding
Under the Sheets [MP3]
     

Wish I Stayed [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

7 Oct 2009


“Feet of Courage”, the first single from Nancy Elizabeth’s Wrought Iron, has a very unassuming way of building on itself. The drummer starts off with a sultry beat supporting hypnotic looped vocals, and by the time the song was coming to a close I was enjoying a veritable a cascade of sweet, simple melodies draped over that same beat. A cascade, I tell you! Marissa Nadler might be the closest comparison, but, to make a totally not-insane analogy, Elizabeth is the Mage to Nadler’s Warlock: the aesthetic difference, for this particular song, anyway, is the difference between casting (Elizabeth) and channeling (Nadler). Nadler is possessed by some woozy musical spirit, while “Feet of Courage” is a tool to possess others. This all makes sense to somebody. Nancy Elizabeth joins Efterklang on some U.K. shows later this month, and heads to Italy in November.

by Eleanore Catolico

7 Oct 2009


Faust, eat your heart out. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is Terry Gilliam’s highly awaited new movie, which is set to be released in the U.K. October 16th, and Stateside December 25th. Gilliam’s imagination reaches new transcendental heights with this latest fantasy thriller. Doctor Parnassus, played by Christopher Plummer, makes an infamous deal with the Devil in exchange for immortality. As a leader of a traveling theatre troupe, Doctor Parnassus showcases to the world his Imaginarium, a magical mirror that lets people explore stunning dreamscapes. Soon, the Devil (Tom Waits) comes to get his due and sets his diabolical clutches on Doctor Parnassus’ daughter, Valentina (Lily Cole). When a mysterious stranger, Tony (the late Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law), joins the troupe, he and Parnassus must rescue Valentina together. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is cinematic shock therapy at its most spectacular level.

by Allison Taich

7 Oct 2009


Come January 2010, Animal Collective will re-issue their classic Campfire Songs on their label Paw Tracks. Collective members Avey Tare and Panda Bear conceived the album while in college some years ago. The songs were written and constructed in a shared apartment by Panda, Avey, and Deakin; member Geologist did not play on the album.

The concept was to record five songs, straight through, in one take. It was originally recorded live in 2001, on a screened-in porch in Monkton, Maryland. In order to capture the fresh sounds of trees blowing in the wind, birds chirping, and insects stirring, the band recorded the session on a portable mini-disc player. Campfire Songs was officially released in 2003 on Catsup Plate Records.

According to the band, the album’s goal was to “give the music the feeling and atmosphere of the outdoors and warmth of a fire, so people could bring it indoors.” Complete with flowing melodies and natural ambiance, Campfire Songs is bound to take you on an outdoor adventure this winter.

“Doggy” (fan video)

“Two Corvettes” (fan video)

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