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by Sachyn Mital

26 Jan 2010

Back in December, there were reports that Eddie Vedder proposed to his girlfriend in D.C. He was in the nations capitol on December 2009 to pay his respects to the Boss as part of the Kennedy Center Honors Bruce Springsteen Tribute Performance where Vedder performed “My City of Ruins” from the 2002 album The Rising. Vedder starts solo on his guitar but is shortly joined by the soulful harmonies of a gospel choir. Even as he sees his city in ruins he stands undeterred by the sight and prays for the strength to rebuild aided by the congregation’s voice which stretches higher.

Springsteen formed his version in response to the events of September 11th, but one can’t avoid noticing hints of other recent tragedies in it’s context as the evocative song tinges with dark echoes of New Orleans after Katrina in 2005 and the anguish of Port Au Prince now. There is a lot of emotion in these words so give it a listen; it will be worth spending your dollar to support Haiti relief efforts. Buy this song now from the Pearl Jam store (MP3) or on iTunes. “Proceeds from the sale of the track benefit Artists for Peace and Justice Haiti Relief.”

Eddie Vedder Haiti Relief Single

by Conrad Hughes

26 Jan 2010

A new edition of the forthcoming Final Fantasy XIII has been detailed in a press release from Square Enix. It’s going to cost £59.99 and will contain a soundtrack CD by Masashi Hamauzu, a hardcover art book and weirdly, a fake tattoo transfer of the game’s logo.

It’s a bit of a shame that the music isn’t series staple Nobuo Uematsu this time round—the Final Fantasy piano collections by him are excellent. Hopefully, we can expect a similar level of quality from the CD this time. Take a listen to the battle theme and tell us what you think. Is it worth the extra £20?

by PopMatters Staff

25 Jan 2010

Last week, Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffeythe released their covers record Turn On under the Hot Rats moniker. Then they dropped by the Ferguson stage to scorch their way through Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up”.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Jan 2010

Baltimore’s Beach House unleash their third album and Sub Pop debut this week. The band trekked to upstate New York to lay down the tracks in an old converted church, which does wonders for the acoustics on the album. Teen Dream is coming packaged with a DVD featuring videos for each of the record’s 10 songs produced by 10 different directors. Meanwhile, the band has hit the late show circuit to promote Teen Dream as we see with this clip from Fallon.

by Sarah Zupko

21 Jan 2010

The Avett Brothers had a banner year in 2009, with their latest release, the Rick Rubin-produced I and Love and You, placing high on many year-end top music lists, including here at PopMatters. It was their major label debut and showed a great deal of musical growth as the band embraced the piano to build out and enlarge their sound. This Saturday (23 January) they take the stage in Austin with the garage rockers Heartless Bastards. 

//Mixed media

Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

// Notes from the Road

"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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