Kanye West and Jay-Z premiered “H.A.M.”, the first single off their forthcoming joint album Watch the Thrones, around midnight today on Facebook. The full LP is expected to drop on March 01, 2011.
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Let England Shake
Releasing: 15 February
It’s pretty much a major cultural event every time PJ Harvey releases a new album. One good reason for that is that you never know quite what to expect from her, since the inimitable Harvey seems to reinvent herself with each album even as she stays true to her unshakable and unique musical vision. Two leaked tracks from Polly Jean’s upcoming album Let England Shake—“The Last Living Rose” and “Written on the Forehead”—seem to find her in a more contemplative mood, though the music seems as stirring as ever.
01 Let England Shake
02 The Last Living Rose
03 The Glorious Land
04 The Words That Maketh Murder
05 All and Everyone
06 On Battleship Hill
08 In the Dark Places
09 Bitter Branches
10 Hanging in the Wire
11 Written on the Forehead
12 The Colour of the Earth
Despite claiming that “lists are silly,” Kill Screen magazine has brought together a number of video game critics (including former PopMatters blogger L.B. Jeffries) to score the best “Big Games” and “Small Games” (read: indie titles) of 2010.
Describing their methodology as an effort to avoid a “boring consensus candidate,” the list aims to provide “a measure of truth, passion, and controversy.”
All in all, there’s some pretty good games on both lists, which you can find at Kill Screen’s online home:
Last month, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy chatted with critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot on their rock and roll radio show Sound Opinions. During the near hour-long conversation, the frontman/producer dished about, among other things, being a middle-aged artist in the music business, his love for the guitar work on the B-52’s “Rock Lobster” and the positive effects of gentrification on New York City. He also does an amusing impersonation of the guys from Daft Punk. The fantastic interview is essential viewing for fans of Murphy and his band.
The song is about as lo-fi as they come. When I first heard it, I thought I’d stumbled across some suburban high school student’s MP3.com page. Yet, there’s something oddly hypnotic about it as well. Little surprise that it comes from a release on hypnagogic label Hippo in Tanks, who’ve also put out music by GAMES, Laurel Halo, and White Car. The video is about as overtly political as any hypnagogic all-star has gotten, merging footage from the Afghan war with promo video fluff and Playstation killing games. Oh, and awkward YouTube dancing girls. Enjoy.