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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

The consequences of death are given no thought in most video games, where, even in the most open-ended games, the player’s role is that of an iterator, mechanically moving the plot from one position to another, engaging the game by turning pages and being allowed access to new experiences. The threat of death creates the illusion of challenge, though in modern games it simply results in a restart at the most recent checkpoint.


In You Only Live Once, death is the point, as are grief and liability, and had me laughing both at the game and myself, in that it never occurred to me, after all the platforms I’ve jumped short of, that Mario may have broken his neck as he hit the ground.


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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

The fingerpicked guitar on “Bowling Green” winds and and ambles behind Alela and Alina’s harmony, the sounds all comfortably settling into each other in their version of the classic folk song. “Wish I was in Bowling Green sitting in a chair / one arm ‘round my old guitar, the other one ‘round my dear”, she sings, but the matter-of-fact quality of her voice makes her ruminations fond rather than desperate, contented in the thought of a happier place in the world. The Alela and Alina EP came out today.


Alela Diane feat. Alina Hardin
Bowling Green [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

Themselves
CrownsDown
(Anticon)
Releasing: 20 October


Themselves’ theFREEhoudini mixtape is many months behind us now, so I hope it is of minor comfort that their new album is only a couple weeks away. Themselves will be heading out on tour with Eyedea & Abilities in November and December.


SONG LIST
01 Back II Burn
02 Oversleeping
03 The Mark
04 Gangster Of Disbelief
05 Daxstrong
06 You Ain’t It
07 Roman Is As Roman Does
08 Skinning The Drum
09 Deadcatclear II
10 Gold Teeth Will Roll


Themselves
You Ain’t It [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

An abridged version of Q-Tip’s ode to hip hop, from last year’s The Renaissance, now has a very cool video, in spite/because of some cartoonishly dorky, family reunion-caliber dance moves from Tip and Norah.


In other news, Kamaal the Abstract finally saw a proper release last month after eight years of wasting away in album purgatory, and you can stream it at Q-Tip’s MySpace and wonder why bad things happen to good albums.



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Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

Molina & Johnson
Molina & Johnson
(Secretly Canadian)
Releasing: 3 November


The first leaked track from Molina & Johnson, the new collaboration between the honchos behind Magnolia Electric Co. and Centro-matic, respectively, is called “Twenty Circles to the Ground”. It sounds a bit more Johnson than Molina, though it has the same soft, persistent toms that have been backing Molina since Songs: Ohia. If you live in the Netherlands, Belgium, England, or Spain, you’ll be able to see the pair perform live for the first time in November and December.


01 Twenty Circles to the Ground
02 All Falls Together
03 All Gone, All Gone
04 Almost Let You In
05 In the Avalon/Little Killer
06 Don’t Take My Night From Me
07 Each Star Marks a Day
08 Lenore’s Lullaby
09 The Lily and the Brakeman
10 Now, Divide
11 What You Reckon, What You Breathe
12 For as Long as It Will Matter
13 34 Blues
14 Wooden Heart


Molina & Johnson
Twenty Cycles to the Ground [MP3]
     



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