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Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009

Daniel Merriweather
Love and War
(J)
Releasing: 19 January


Hip-hop with horns. Australian soul singer Daniel Merriweather’s debut album Love & War, a Mark Ronson production, has already delivered two hits in England, “Change” and “Red”. Hopefully the States will have the same reaction when it gets a US release early next year.


SONG LIST
01 For Your Money
02 Impossible
03 Change (Featuring Wale)
04 Chainsaw
05 Cigarettes
06 Red
07 Could You
08 Not Giving Up
09 Getting Out
10 Water And A Flame (Featuring Adele)
11 Live By Night
12 Giving Everything Away For Free



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Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009

Roots musician extraordinaire Tony Trischka has jammed on his banjo with everyone from Pete Seeger to Bela Fleck to Steve Martin. Now Trischka is offering banjo lessons to the world via his new website, School of Banjo. He has made learning the banjo possible wherever and whenever, through over 150 instructional HD videos posted to his website. His approach allows students to develop the craft at their own pace. Students even have the option to send Trischka videos of their playing, and receive actual constructive feedback from Trischka himself. The site also offers networking features for students to post videos of their progress and critique each other’s playing. In regards to his new approach, Trischka stated: “My site’s social networking features make it the perfect environment for worldwide banjo students to share the joy, camaraderie, and history of banjo playing and roots traditions. It’s as if banjo playing is getting a new historical dimension”.



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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009

There are, of course, lots and lots of hopeful comedians who have put videos up on YouTube. Some of these videos become wildly popular; many more are viewed only by friends, family, and those who stumble upon them accidentally.


Anyone who pays attention to the view counts in the lower right corner of the videos on YouTube has probably wondered why a video like “Charlie bit my finger – again!” has been watched about 120 million times while other equally (or more) entertaining videos go largely unnoticed. Chalk it up to chance.


This post is an attempt to draw attention to the videos of New York-based Pangea 3000, a group of comedians whose carefully-constructed, always original, and, at their best, hilarious videos haven’t quite caught on yet.


Members of the group have enjoyed success contributing to The Onion and appearing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon; all signs indicate that these guys are ready to explode. Check out the video I’ve posted below (and, if you dig it as much as I do, continue to Pangea 3000’s channel on YouTube), and you’ll be able to say you knew them when.



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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009

Glass Ghost
Idol Omen
(Western Vinyl)
Releasing: 27 October


Duo Mike and Elliot have turned Glass Ghost into something more than another hipster band from the New York City scene. After various previous projects, Mike and Elliot have finally found the right formula for their talents in Glass Ghost. The first two singles, “Like a Diamond” and “The Rain” of their new LP Idol Omen offer a lot to the listener; both musically and lyrically. With trancey beats, and bouncing rhythms, this is perfect coffee house music. Supposedly the album’s narrative follows a metamorphosis of the modern business man into….what, exactly?


SONG LIST
01 Time Saving Trick
02 Mechanical Life
03 Divisions
04 The Same
05 Like a Diamond
06 Violence
07 What I’ve Seen
08 Ending


Glass Ghost
“Like a Diamond” [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Vampire Weekend
Contra
(XL)
Releasing: 10 January


Much loved and equally much hated New York “Afro”-indie-popsters are unveiling their sophomore release in the new year, right smack dab in the middle of that early year dead zone for new releases. The band has been playing “White Sky” this year giving fans a preview of the new work, including taking a crack at the tune on the Jimmy Fallon show back in March. You can head over to Stereogum to grab an MP3 of that live track.


SONG LIST
01 Horchata
02 White Sky
03 Holiday
04 California English
05 Taxi Cab
06 Run
07 Cousins
08 Giving Up the Gun
09 Diplomat’s Son
10 I Think Ur a Contra


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