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by Katharine Wray

25 Sep 2009

School of Seven Bells
Alpinisms Deluxe Edition
Releasing: 3 October

School of Seven Bells is releasing a deluxe edition of their debut album, Alpinisms, October 3rd. In this case, “deluxe” means a digital-only version with all the original songs plus 9 bonus tracks of reworkings, remixes, and alternate takes of tracks from the critically acclaimed album.

Their new version of “Iamundernodisguise” sounds like an estrogen-laced version of Fleet Foxes, only what that band does with guitar strings, sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza do with their voices.

School of Seven Bells kick off their first North American headlining tour tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA. Depreciation Guild, Phantogram, Warpaint, and The xx are among the openers on the tour. Check out the rest of the tour dates after the jump .

01 Iamundernodisguise
02 Face to Face on High Places
03 Half Asleep
04 Wired for Light
05 For Kalaja Mari
06 White Elephant Coat
07 Connjur
08 Sempiternal/Amaranth
09 Chain
10 Prince of Peace
11 My Cabal

01 Wired For Light (Live Drum Version)
02 Half Asleep (Alternate Version)
03 White Elephant Coat (Early Demo Version)
04 Caldo (Live on Stereogum’s Decomposed)
05 Sempiternal (Alternate Version)
06 Iamundernodisguise (Vocal Mix I)
07 My Cabal (Early Mix 07)
08 Connjur (Alternate Version)
09 For Kalaja mari (Drum Outtake Mix)

School of Seven Bells
Iamundernodisguise (Vocal Mix I) [MP3]


by Tyler Gould

24 Sep 2009

Asobi Seksu
Releasing: 10 November

Asobi Seksu’s Acoustic at Olympic Studios, once available exclusively at shows, is seeing a name change and a legitimate release as Rewolf this November. Their lovely cover of the Hope Sandoval (of Mazzy Star) song, “Suzanne”, is available for you to download as many times as you want, and it doesn’t cost a thing. What a world.

01 Breathe Into Glass
02 Walk on the Moon
03 Meh No Mae
04 New Years
05 Blind Little Rain
06 Bossa
07 Suzanne
08 Gliss
09 Familiar Light
10 Thursday

Asobi Seksu
Suzanne [MP3]

by Katharine Wray

24 Sep 2009

Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time, releases his next work of nonfiction with The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. Once again tackling the American West, Egan tells the story of the legendary forest fires that ripped through Washington, Idaho, and Montana on August 10, 1910. As park rangers fought these massive flames, President Roosevelt and United States Forest Service Chief Gifford Pinchot saved the land through the establishment of national parks.

Below is a video of the author reading the opening of The Big Burn (as part of an interview with Nick O’Connell, editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review). In just first few paragraphs, Egan paints a vivid, specific picture of the time of the fire, allowing the reader to empathize with this story from long ago.

The Big Burn releases October 6, 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


by Tyler Gould

24 Sep 2009

(Temporary Residence)
Releasing: 20 October

Timespan is the first full-length from Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra’s solo project. His label describes “Teleforce”, available here for free download, as “sci-fi disco”, and the description covers some ground: the main track sounds right out of the sweaty rave from one of the despicable Matrix sequels, and the lead synth recalls Galactica 1980 with some subtle notes of Vincent Price.

01 The Dresden Codex
02 Teleforce
03 Timespan


Teleforce [MP3]

by Katharine Wray

24 Sep 2009

Mew just released a video for “Repeaterbeater”, the second single from their latest album, the frustratingly titled No more stories / Are told today / I’m sorry / They washed away / No more stories / The world is grey / I’m tired / Let’s wash away. It takes the band to an eerie Victorian mansion/ritzy old folks home to take some trippy drugs, or so it seems. The schizo-imagery paired with the haunting beats does well at keeping the viewers’ attention—a very nice follow-up to the weirdness of “Introducing Palace Players”, the first single off No More Stories.


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