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Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010

Quasi
American Gong
(Kill Rock Stars)
Releasing: February 23


People like Quasi, right? They’ve been around for a while, their music is cute enough, yeah? There’s got to be somebody somewhere who wouldn’t be embarrassed to throw “Repulsion” on in the company of others.


SONG LIST
01 Repulsion
02 Little White Horse
03 Everything and Nothing at All
04 Bye Bye Blackbird
05 The Jig Is Up
06 Black Dogs and Bubbles
07 Death Is Not the End
08 Rockabilly Party
09 Now What
10 Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler
11 Howler


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Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010

The Flaming Lips recently collaborated with relative Okies Stardeath and White Dwarfs to recreate Pink Floyd’s legendary The Dark Side of the Moon. Featured on several tracks is Henry Rollins, along with songstress Peaches, who takes the lead vocals on “The Great Gig in the Sky”. While it’s not a direct replica of the 1973 masterpiece, it is a thrilling reinterpretation with ample Flaming Lips color and flavor. The album was released exclusively to iTunes on 22 December 2009.



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Monday, Jan 4, 2010

That crazed devil-on-a-rollercoaster look that John Darnielle gets on his face when his songs get going is more than enough to calm (or amplify, I suppose) a Mountain Goats’ fan’s anxieties about the next twelve months. He stopped by NPR recently to perform some old hits (“Color in Your Cheeks”, “Going to Georgia”) and two from last year’s wonderful The Life of the World to Come.



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Monday, Jan 4, 2010

Deakin had nothing to do with Animal Collective’s Merriwether Post Pavilion, but lest you think he’s been resting on his laurels for forever and a day, he’s started the new year by conventionally spelling his stage name and putting out some solo material.


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Monday, Jan 4, 2010
Albums that missed our Top 20 Re-Issues of 2009 list, but at least one of our writers loves.

1959 remains, arguably, the most important year in the history of jazz music. Among all-time classic efforts from Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus released his masterpiece, Mingus Ah Um. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of this seminal session, we were blessed with Mingus Ah Um: Legacy Edition (which includes a remaster of the original, along with bonus tracks and the entirety of the other album Mingus cut for Columbia in 1959, Mingus Dynasty). 1959 signified the year that Mingus, after considerable dues paying, fully matured as a musician and composer. Mingus Ah Um is a virtual encyclopedia of the jazz music made at that point in the 20th century, which means it celebrates the sounds and feelings of America. This is the one Mingus release that has a little bit of everything, from ebullient statements of purpose (“Better Git It in Your Soul”) to soulful tributes (“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”, “Jelly Roll”) to Mingus’s inimitable sociopolitical smackdowns (“Fables of Faubus”). This reissue is at once an essential reminder for fans and an imperative introduction for novices; it is the ultimate testament to the miracle that was Charles Mingus, one of the immortal voices in American music.



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