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by Brian Parks

3 Sep 2009


Do I have any idea what this film is about after viewing this trailer? Nope, not a clue. Am I going to be the first in line to see this? Suffice it to say, you better not be standing even remotely in my way if you value your well-being.

Christopher Nolan has quite simply never made a bad movie. Ignoring Joel Schumacher’s “do not resuscitate” tag, he singlehandedly revived the Batman franchise. He created a modern-day masterpiece with The Prestige. He has brought intelligence and complexity back into mainstream American cineplexes beginning with Memento and continuing through to his latest success, The Dark Knight.

This teaser trailer, albeit brief, looks to not disappoint. The release date of July 2010, a little more so.

by Faye Rasmussen

3 Sep 2009


The Black Crowes made a stop on the “Late Show with David Letterman” two nights ago, to perform their first single “Good Morning Captain” off their new CD, Before the Frost…, which was also released Tuesday. Along with their new CD comes two other added perks: The beginnings of the second and third legs of their 2009 “Stuck Inside Utopia” Tour, and a second album… for the fans.

A second album, titled ...Until the Freeze, will be a free giveaway as a sign of gratitude to fans for their more than 20 years of support. The free CD can be downloaded exclusively through a unique code which is included in the primordial, Before the Frost…. See the tour dates for the last legs of “Stuck Inside Utopia” Tour after the jump.

by Faye Rasmussen

2 Sep 2009


Josh Ottum
Like the Season
(Cheap Lullaby)
Releasing: 20 October

Seattle singer/songwriter Josh Ottum has his debut album Like The Season marked for release on October 20th.

The 12-song album is what Ottum calls a collection of “personal greatest hits”. To help with this, Ottum got together with drummer James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, Richard Swift), multi-instrumentalist Casey Foubert (Pedro the Lion, Sufjan Stevens) and engineer Jon Ervie (Modest Mouse, the Presidents of the United States of America). 

The singer has come far from his childhood aspirations—making instructional golf videos in his backyard and sending promotional photos of staged skateboard moves to famous skateboard companies. Since delving into music, Ottum has toured with the likes of Alexi Murdoch, Stereolab, Cold War Kids, Rosie Thomas, Midlake, the Sea and Cake.

The first single, “It’s Alright” is now available.

SONG LIST
01 It’s Alright
02 The Easy Way Out
03 Who Left the Lights On?
04 Pipe Dreams
05 Freedom is as Thick as a Heart
06 If this Mirror Could Only Talk
07 Having Your Around
08 Like Ourselves
09 My Book
10 Follow Me
11 Heaven the Great Cocoon
12 Do You Really Want to Know?

by PopMatters Staff

2 Sep 2009


Russian Circles
Geneva
(Suicide Squeeze)
Releasing: 20 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 Fathom
02 Geneva
03 Melee
04 Hexed All
05 Malko
06 When the Mountain Comes to Muhammad
07 Philos

Russian Circles
“Malko” [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

2 Sep 2009


Michelle Branch
Everything Comes and Goes
(Warner Bros.)
Releasing: 10 November

When I think of Michelle Branch’s forthcoming country album, Everything Comes and Goes, I think of a conversation about God I had with an old girlfriend. I said that I didn’t believe but thought that true belief exists as a part of someone, on an essential, inviolable level, and there’s nothing anyone can say or do to compromise it. She looked at me like I was a third-degree blockhead, so I conceded that yes, perhaps the belief or disbelief that at first blush seems so essential and inviolable is actually the product of eons of cultural conditioning, concerted assaults from sinister, powerful forces in the world; this made sense intellectually, but was still a viscerally unsatisfying concession.

Judging from her new single, “Sooner or Later” (not a cover of the 1971 Grass Roots hit), Michelle Branch country songs aren’t all that different from Michelle Branch pop songs. The guitars are a bit twangier, and when she pronounces “about” it sounds more like “abayowt”, which is not a word, but the chords are still simple, and the lyrics are still melodramatic in so calculated of a way as to remain completely unobtrusive.

It won’t be her first country crossover effort (see: the Wreckers’ Stand Still, Look Pretty), and she’s still cooing just as coyly as she was when she first came out with whatever song it was that made so many of the shy brunette girls in my high school class want to learn guitar. She was speaking to people then and she’ll speak to people now. All the PR dollars in the world can’t mess with that certain je ne sais qoui that connects artist and patron: you’re going to love the new Michelle Branch, or you’re not. It comes out November 10th.

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