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by Alan Ranta

19 Oct 2009

Joan of Arc’s 12th odd album may be a little on the hit-&-miss side, as Joe Tacopino’s PopMatters review attests, but this track is definitely a hit. That said, I’m not exactly sure what this video is trying to get at.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Oct 2009

The Conformist
Releasing: 20 October

Former PopMatters scribe Thomas Bartlett, better known as Doveman, has a new record coming out this week. His mellow and delicate pop is always a delight.

01 Breathing Out
02 Best Thing
03 Memorize
04 Hurricane
05 Aftermath
06 From Silence
07 Cat Awoke
08 Angel’s Share
09 Burgundy Stain
10 Tigers
11 Castles

“Angel’s Share” [MP3]

by Faye Rasmussen

16 Oct 2009

The Decemberists have teamed up with four filmmakers—Guilherme Marcondes, Julia Pott, Peter Sluszka and Santa Maria—to create an hour-long animation for their most recent album, The Hazards of Love. The band has officially released the trailer for their upcoming event, on October 19, where they will perform the entire piece synchronized with the animation, as well as an additional second set of old songs and new material. The show will take place at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.

by Tyler Gould

16 Oct 2009

Various Artists
Zevolution: ZE Records Re-Edited
Releasing: 24 November

This batch of re-edited songs from the legendary post-punk label includes dance floor classics (“Annie”), fresh mixes (“Almost Black”), and the odd rarity (“No Turn on Red”). The package will come with an extensive booklet with an introduction by Greg Wilson and sleeve notes by Bill Brewster.

01 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – I’m Corrupt (Idjut Boys Edit)
02 Gichy Dan’s Beachwood No 9 – Cowboys & Gangsters (Social Disco Club Edit)
03 Gichy Dan’s Beachwood No 9 – On A Day Like Today (Todd Terje ‘Friendly Children’ Edit)
04 David Gamson – No Turn On Red (Fat Camp version)
05 Material with Nona Hendryx – Bustin’ Out (Rub & Tug Edit)
06 Aural Exciters – Spooks In Space (Luke Howard & Felix Dickinson Edit)
07 James White & The Blacks - Contort Yourself (Twitch-Optimo mix)
08 Was (Not Was) – Tell Me That I’m Dreaming (Greg Wilson ZE-Edit)
09 James White & The Blacks – Almost Black (Richard Sen’s Padded Cell Edit)
10 Garcons – Encore L’Amore (Leo Zero Edit)
11 Don Armando’s Seventh Avenue Rhumba Band – I’m An Indian Too (Pilooski mix)
12 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Annie I’m Not Your Daddy (Soul Mekanik ‘Bounty Girls’ Edit)

Aural Exciters
Spooks In Space (Luke Howard & Felix Dickinson Filthy & Foolish Edit) [MP3]

by Eleanore Catolico

16 Oct 2009

Shoegaze songstress Tamaryn drapes palpable reverb over the lovely “Mild Confusion”, a beautiful melange of spiky guitar, monster drums, and Tamaryn’s sultry timbre.

Mild Confusion [MP3]

//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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