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by PopMatters Staff

24 May 2010


!!!
Strange Weather, Isn It?
(Warp)
Releasing: 24 August

Brooklyn dance-poppers return this summer with a new album and the band is currently streaming the first track over on their site.

SONG LIST
01 AM/FM
02 The Most Certain Sure
03 Wannagain Wannagain
04 Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
05 Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks
06 Hollow
07 Jump Back
08 Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss
09 The Hammer

by Oliver Ho

24 May 2010



Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon reads and offers context for some excerpts from her father’s 1967-71 daytimers. There are meetings with Serling Silliphant (The Towering Inferno, Circle of Iron) and Blake Edwards (!), lessons for James Coburn, and and entry marked “Steve called” (possibly McQueen). His workouts included a five-minute mile and doing 800 punches with each arm.

by Arnold Pan

24 May 2010


Versus
On the Ones and Threes
(Merge)
Releasing: 3 August

2010 seems to be the year that indie groups left in the bargain bins of the 1990s are coming back with a vengeance. Add one-time underground faves Versus to the list of resurgent bands making another go of it after a long hiatus, returning from a decade of dormancy with a stint on the TeenBeat 26th anniversary tour and a new album, On the Ones and Threes, due this August on Merge. From the sound of the recently leaked track “Invincible Hero”, the Pixies-ish NYC trio seems to have recharged its batteries, coming off just as forceful and insistently melodic as it was in its mid-1990s heyday.

SONG LIST
01 Invincible Hero

02 Nu Skin

03 Into Blue

04 Gone to Earth

05 Cicada

06 Erstwhile

07 Pink Valhalla

08 Saturday Saints

09 Scientists

10 The Ones and Threes

by John Bergstrom

24 May 2010


Matt Johnson’s pioneering alt-rock alter ego, The The, hasn’t released a proper album since 2000’s below-par Naked Self. However, Johnson has slowly developed an internet presence for The The in recent years, especially with his series of Radio Cineola webcasts. Now comes an official new The The album. But don’t expect another Infected or Dusk. Rather, it’s the soundtrack to Tony, an indie psycho-thriller film directed by Johnson’s brother Gerard. Here’s what’s known so far: The album features 24 new songs, though most if not all figure to be instrumentals. It’s available exclusively from The The’s official website and comes with a 68-page book with photos and notes from the Johnson brothers.

by John Lindstedt

21 May 2010


Ah, Twin Peaks. What could’ve been an ever-obscure, early ‘90s throwback has held its cultural ground through DVD releases, intellectual discussions on sites like PopMatters, and fan-made YouTube videos like this one. That and the fact that David Lynch made it.

Considering how many plot threads the show had going on in its short, two-season run, its pretty amazing the man going by “MC Chris” managed to fit most of them in there. With all these characters and scenes referenced at such a breakneck pace, you kind of have to sit back and admire everything Twin Peaks had to offer. The lyrics are hilarious, and the beat set to the original theme is “damn fine”. Does anyone else think it sounds like Aziz Ansari on Autotune?

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