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Monday, Feb 23, 2009

It’s been four years since Depeche Mode’s last album Playing the Angel and in April they’ll follow it up with Sounds of the Universe (featuring cover art that looks like it’s from 1981). The band debuted the album’s first single “Wrong” over the weekend at the Echo Awards in Germany. Unfortunately it appears to be playback and not actually live but that’s how they do things on TV in Germany. The song is full of chanting, fat synths, and general darkness. DM fans rejoice.


The “Wrong” single is out on April 6th in Europe and April 7th in the US. Sounds of the Universe is out on April 20th in Europe and April 21st in the US.


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Monday, Feb 23, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Seth Walker
Songs from Leap of Faith [3 March]
“Can’t Come With You” [MP3]
     


Rewind [MP3]
     


Jar-e
“An Idea” [MP3] from Chicas Malas [24 February]
     


Kelly Joe Phelps
“Western Bell” [MP3] from Western Bell [24 March]
     


Deer Tick
“Long Time” [MP3]
     



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Monday, Feb 23, 2009

Although Diego Bernal’s smart, sample-based instrumental hip hop/electronic record is only available for free download at this time, it would probably play even better on vinyl. Look at the cover: wasn’t this meant for an earlier decade? Alas, it’s free, so why quibble? For Corners is excellent; in places, it’s a timely tribute to J Dilla’s carefully chopped celebrations of soul and funk 45s, but Bernal’s sample choices are diverse—his pieces sometimes peak in Prefuse-esque glitch when they’re not spooky and as smooth as silk—vinyl crackles included, even if it ain’t vinyl.


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Sunday, Feb 22, 2009

The Pet Shop Boys accepted the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music this week at the Brit Awards and also performed a medley of their hits (along with their excellent new single “Love etc.”). Even brief appearances from Lady GaGa on “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” and the Killers’ Brandon Flowers on “It’s A Sin” couldn’t ruin the seemingly endless stream of pop perfection. Is it possible that their music sounds more contemporary and relevant now than it did in the ‘80s?


Their upcoming album Yes hits stores on March 23rd.


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Friday, Feb 20, 2009

Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls have a new song called “Lake House” available to stream on their MySpace page. It’s a nice piece of reverb-drenched rock and is taken from the eighth instalment of Almost Ready’s The World’s Lousy With Ideas compilation. Check it out.


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