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by Faye Rasmussen

15 Oct 2009


The fourth studio album, Battle Studies from the seven-time Grammy winner, John Mayer, is set to be released on November 17th. This album, which Mayer also produced, will be his first release in three years. Battle Studies was recorded in a private home in California where Mayer lived and worked over the course of six months before wrapping at the famed Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

In addition to the new album release on November 17th, the singer will also perform songs from the new CD that night at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. Tickets for this event are only available to past members of Local 83, Mayer’s fan club, as a thank you for years of dedication. For those people who are not fan club members, you can catch the show on the Fuse Network, which will have a live broadcast of the show at 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central. Be sure to check fuse.tv/JohnMayer for live backstage footage leading up to the broadcast.

Here’s the first single off the album, “Who Says”, to occupy yourself for a month’s time:

by Eleanore Catolico

15 Oct 2009


Grizzly Bear will release a special edition of the exalted Veckatimest both in the US and the UK on November 2nd.  The special edition features a twenty-four page photo keepsake and a second bonus live CD recorded during their worldwide tour.  Also check out their performance of “Two Weeks” on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Beach House chanteuse Victoria Legrand provides the enthralling back-up vocals.

Bonus Material:
01 “Southern Point” (KCRW Session)
02 “All We Ask” (KCMP Session)
03 “Ready, Able” (KCRW Session)
04 “Foreground” (Duyster Session)
05 “Two Weeks” (BBC Maida Vale Session)
06 “Dory” (World Café Session)
07 “While You Wait for the Others” (BBC Maida Vale Session)

by Eleanore Catolico

15 Oct 2009


Mellow out to the gamer beats and adrenaline-charged drums that make up the ska-infused “Soldier”. Santigold sings with a neon coolness (as she always does), while Pharrell spits out hard-hitting raps—a jam engineered for the better spirits of our hipster nature.

N.E.R.D. feat. Santigold
Soldier [MP3]     

by Eleanore Catolico

15 Oct 2009


You would be right to expect something a little more than “out there” from Philadelphia’s Annie Sachs, what with a name like Tickley Feather and all. She conjures up strange pop song-spells in step with her Paw Tracks cohorts, Black Dice and Animal Collective. Her upcoming album, Hors D’Ouevres, will be out next Tuesday, October 20th. Listen to “Don’t Call, Marylin”, a lo-fi pastiche of nursery rhyme rhythm, strung out keyboards, and watery-alien vocals, and check out her tour dates while you’re at it.

Tickley Feather
Don’t Call, Marylin [MP3]     

by Katharine Wray

14 Oct 2009


Capgun Coup
Maudlin
(Team Love)
Releasing: 3 November

In Capgun Coup’s song about bad bands, “Bad Bands”, they make a compelling argument: “Bad bands are my favorite bands because / bad bands are my favorite bands”. I’m sold.

SONG LIST
01 Computer Screens And TVs
02 Sitting On The Sidewalk
03 Ari Are We?
04 Got Alot of Gull
05 Only The Times Are Changing
06 Fishlip
07 Wish I Was A Fag
08 Now That I’m Home
09 Farnam Street ?
10 Pretty City
11 Bad Bands
12 For Fish
13 When I’m Gone
14 Breaks No Heart Of Mine

Capgun Coup
Bad Bands [MP3]     

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