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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

John Darnielle and crew stopped by the Colbert Report last night, where he handled Colbert’s grilling with aplomb and performed “Psalms 40:2” (bafflingly pronounced “40 and 2” by Colbert. And he claims to be Catholic!) from the upcoming album, The Life of the World to Come.


 



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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

Seventeen years ago this week: The Jesus Lizard released Liar on Touch & Go. Today, a Steve Albini and Bob Weston remaster came out, along with remasters of Down, Goat, Head, and Pure. Below is the official video for “Puss”, with a few other assorted videos from Liar after the jump.


“Puss”



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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

The consequences of death are given no thought in most video games, where, even in the most open-ended games, the player’s role is that of an iterator, mechanically moving the plot from one position to another, engaging the game by turning pages and being allowed access to new experiences. The threat of death creates the illusion of challenge, though in modern games it simply results in a restart at the most recent checkpoint.


In You Only Live Once, death is the point, as are grief and liability, and had me laughing both at the game and myself, in that it never occurred to me, after all the platforms I’ve jumped short of, that Mario may have broken his neck as he hit the ground.


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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

The fingerpicked guitar on “Bowling Green” winds and and ambles behind Alela and Alina’s harmony, the sounds all comfortably settling into each other in their version of the classic folk song. “Wish I was in Bowling Green sitting in a chair / one arm ‘round my old guitar, the other one ‘round my dear”, she sings, but the matter-of-fact quality of her voice makes her ruminations fond rather than desperate, contented in the thought of a happier place in the world. The Alela and Alina EP came out today.


Alela Diane feat. Alina Hardin
Bowling Green [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

Themselves
CrownsDown
(Anticon)
Releasing: 20 October


Themselves’ theFREEhoudini mixtape is many months behind us now, so I hope it is of minor comfort that their new album is only a couple weeks away. Themselves will be heading out on tour with Eyedea & Abilities in November and December.


SONG LIST
01 Back II Burn
02 Oversleeping
03 The Mark
04 Gangster Of Disbelief
05 Daxstrong
06 You Ain’t It
07 Roman Is As Roman Does
08 Skinning The Drum
09 Deadcatclear II
10 Gold Teeth Will Roll


Themselves
You Ain’t It [MP3]
     



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