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Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009

Shout Out Louds
Work
(Merge)
Releasing: 23 February


“Walls” is the perfect song for an anthem or a movie soundtrack or for making taking the bus feel much more grandiose and exhilarating. It’s almost cruel the way its crescendo hooks into that very Bruce Springsteenian impulse to drop inhibitions, romanticize running away, and take an ill-advised road trip with no money or destination.


SONG LIST
01 1999
02 Fall Hard
03 Play the Game
04 Walls
05 Candle Burned Out
06 Throwing Stones
07 Four by Four
08 Moon
09 Show Me Something New
10 Too Late, Too Slow


Walls [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009

Excessive cuteness alert, and no, it’s not just the precious Bishop Allen tune. Lots of dancing, mod, ‘60s looking girls fill up the frames of the latest video from the Brooklyn pop band’s 2009 album Grrr…. This brings to mind the excellent recent Vanity Fair essay “Addicted to Cute”. Bishop Allen could indeed be the poster children for said trend.



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Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009
by Rafer Guzmán / Newsday (MCT)
Rafer Guzmán of Newsday runs down the remaining films for the rest of the year, as well as a few entries hitting screens right after the holidays.

The busy holiday season is here, which means you have shopping to do, dinners to prepare and in-laws to avoid. Somewhere in there, the studios hope, you’ll find time to see a movie.


Which to choose?


Fox is hoping it will be “Avatar” (opening Dec. 18), the sci-fi adventure from James Cameron with a reportedly humongous budget of $500 million. It’s already the most-talked-about film of the year, though whether it will connect with audiences remains to be seen. Its star, Sam Worthington, is a relative unknown, and its reliance on computer-animated actors could be a liability rather than a draw — just ask Robert Zemeckis, who replaced humans with pixels in “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “Beowulf,” both box-office disappointments.


That means there’s room for competition. Also on Dec. 18 comes “Nine,” a musical from director Rob Marshall (of the Oscar-winning “Chicago”) with an A-list cast that includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz. On Christmas, Warner Bros. will unleash “Sherlock Holmes” with Robert Downey Jr. sexing up the fusty fictional sleuth. And Fox will go up against itself Dec. 23 by releasing “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” five days after “Avatar.”


For more serious-minded filmgoers, the studios are also rolling out several movies based on novels, including Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalypse drama “The Road,” Walter Kirn’s semicomedic “Up in the Air” (Dec. 4) and Alice Sebold’s thriller “The Lovely Bones” (Dec. 11). Even long-dead writers Christopher Isherwood and Tennessee Williams have new movies coming out.


In case you find a few spare hours this season, here’s a list of major movies to choose from through January.


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Monday, Nov 30, 2009

Spoon
Transference
(Merge)
Releasing: 19 January


Spoon follows last year’s beloved Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga with Transference. Check out a video teaser and two early live versions of a couple tracks below. “Written in Reverse” will be the first single, coming out digitally tomorrow.


SONG LIST
01 Before Destruction
02 Is Love Forever?
03 The Mystery Zone
04 Who Makes Your Money
05 Written In Reverse
06 I Saw The Light
07 Trouble Comes Running
08 Goodnight Laura
09 Out Go The Lights
10 Got Nuffin
11 Nobody Gets Me But You


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Monday, Nov 30, 2009

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists dispel rumors that Sully Sullenberger is the Highlander with “Even Heroes Have to Die” from their upcoming album, The Brutalist Bricks, which we’ll get a look at in March of the new year. This song and “One Polaroid a Day” are enough to get you in a Ted Leo mood, all digging up his back catalog and throwing it on repeat all day.


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