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Thursday, Sep 24, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The legendary UK post-punk band Gang of Four recently played the Jools Holland stage. The band sounds amazingly contemporary playing a 1979 tune, perhaps not surprising since so many bands today clearly had a secret stash of Gang of Four records growing up.



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Thursday, Sep 24, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Arctic Monkeys played “Cornerstone” off their latest album, Humbug last night on Craig Ferguson. Emily Tartanella praised the “gorgeous balladry of ‘Cornerstone’ that feels like pure brilliance.”



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Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009

The new video for Octoberman‘s “Thirty Reasons”, from Fortresses begins naturally enough: a man with a guitar sits outside and sings a plea for somebody to come back home and settle down. His reasons are numerous—though we never hear the specifics—but ineffective, and the singer knows it: “But I know / the thirty reasons you / have to break away / and set out on your own”. Are pleading lover songs ever really about winning somebody back? Isn’t that sort of an outlandish expectation?


The natural vibe breaks when a woman comes on-screen with a bounce and a stolid two-step and a backing band appears with snaps and harmonies. The cracks and strains of frontman Marc Morrissette’s voice evoke an acute longing-for-longing’s-sake and it becomes clear: the song is an end in itself, a small bit of “peace of mind”.



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Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Jim James, and Mike Mogis, better known as Monsters of Folk, dropped by Conan O’Brien’s stage last night to play this track off their “supergroup” album ingeniously titled Monsters of Folk. Watch for the album review tomorrow on PopMatters.



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Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009

The Black Seeds
Solid Ground
(Easy Star)
Releasing: 29 September


Solid Ground is already out in Europe and the Black Seeds’ home, New Zealand, and has been available on iTunes since September 15th. The afro-dub/reggae/soul octet’s latest will be available in North America on the 29th.


SONG LIST
01 Come to Me  
02 Slingshot  
03 Take Your Chances  
04 Love Is a Radiation  
05 Send a Message  
06 Make a Move  
07 One Step at a Time  
08 Bulletproof  
09 Afrophone  
10 Strugglers  
11 Rotten Apple  
12 Bubble  
13 Make a Move Dub



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