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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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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009

Dhani Harrison, son of Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison, appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on Tuesday 8 September, to discuss The Beatles: Rock Band video game.  Harrison, a musician and video game designer, helped develop and create the newest sensation for Beatlemania. He was also responsible for getting Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on board. Wrapping up Tuesday’s show, Conan, along with Tonight Show staff member Aaron Bleyaert, and Tonight Show band member Mark Pender, joined Harrison on Rock Band‘s version of “Birthday”.


The game was officially released on Wednesday, 9 September, along with the complete remastered Beatles catalog. The new digitally remastered albums have been dominating Amazon.com’s best-seller list. The game has been ranking first for Playstation 3, and second in sales for both Wii and XBOX360.



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Monday, Sep 14, 2009

Juliette Lewis is like that woman in the bar who’s gotten into fights (and won) and ain’t no fool to a man’s game. She infuses this feral power into her high octane rock ‘n’ roll, however cheekily hyperbolic it may be. On The Late Late Show, Juliette Lewis talks about her new album Terra Incognita, released this week on The End, and produced by Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez. The interview’s loud vs. louder tone makes for some comedy, but give credit to Ferguson for being one of the few TV interviewers out there who actually lets their guests speak without being patronized or victim to a barrage of verbal assaults. When Lewis describes herself as “a Little Prince in a Mad Max world”, it is incredibly apropos.


Adopting a tundra of Bat for Lashes-like garb with a hard rock edge, Lewis thrusts into a maelstrom of screechy vixen vocals, menacing guitar riffs, a torrent of drums, and eerie romanticism on Terra Incognita. Distinct from her past work with the Licks, lyrics of brazen debauchery are superseded by Lewis’ outcries of despair and longing. In “Noche Sin Fin”, Lewis’ terror in the night ends with declamations of immortality, “I, I, I, I will never die”, and is one of Terra Incognita‘s stronger tracks. Lewis will go on tour for Terra Incognita in the fall, beginning on September 11th in Toronto. Backed by new band, the New Romantiques, Lewis’ performance of Terra Incognita‘s “Fantasy Bar” maxes out her pixie-bizarre card, prancing around like a rock ‘n’ roll Alkonost in midnight blue:



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Monday, Sep 14, 2009

Mika
The Boy Who Knew Too Much
(Casablanca)
Releasing: 21 September


Once known as We Are Golden, Mika changed the name of his second studio album to satiate his desire for “something a little more ridiculous”. He teams up once again with Life in Cartoon Motion producer Greg Wells, and shares a songwriting credit with Imogen Heap on track 8, “By the Time”.


SONG LIST


Standard Edition
01 We Are Golden
02 Blame It On The Girls
03 Rain
04 Dr. John
05 I See You
06 Blue Eyes
07 Good Gone Girl
08 Touches You
09 By The Time
10 One Foot Boy
11 Toy Boy
12 Pick Up Off The Floor


Deluxe Edition: Disc 2 Mika Live at Sadler’s Wells
01 Grace Kelly
02 Lady Jane
03 Stuck in the Middle
04 Lonely Alcoholic
05 Blue Eyes
06 Toy Boy
07 Billy Brown
08 Good Gone Girl
09 Over My Shoulder
10 Big Girl (You’re Beautiful)
11 Love Today
12 Blame It on the Girls
13 Happy Ending
14 Lollipop
15 My Interpretation
16 Rain
17 Relax, Take It Easy


Mika
Blame It on the Girls [MP3]
     



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Monday, Sep 14, 2009

Bat for Lashes went home empty-handed at the Mercury Prize Awards, but did get a chance to perform “Moon and Moon” off of Album of the Year-nominated Two Suns:



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