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Friday, Sep 25, 2009

There was a time a few years ago when Sufjan Stevens, if he gerrymandered a district in such a way as to include music fans of a certain indie persuasion, could have made a successful run for Congress. Illinois had just come out, and the more starry-eyed among us were ecstatic at the prospect of 48 more state-themed albums.


Those salad days are now long behind us, with nary a song to show for it, aside from a few outtakes, Christmas songs, and a multimedia project. But don’t despair! Yon multi-talented music-maker is on tour right now, and he comes bearing good tidings and the gift of new song. “There’s Too Much Love” has his characteristic charm and a sojourn into unexplored territory that is, to say the least, enticing. Video below, remaining tour dates after the jump.



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Friday, Sep 25, 2009

Phoenix is still getting great mileage out of “Lisztomania”, which they played on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night.



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Friday, Sep 25, 2009

Mittens on Strings
Let’s Go to Baba’s
(SOUNGS)
Releasing: October 6


Mittens on strings, the hand-warming items, seem like a silly idea until the first time you let a mitten dangle from your sleeve while doing precise finger work, only to retrieve the mitten seconds later from its convenient position mere inches away from your hand.


Mittens on Strings, the band, have a song called “Big Brother” that seems like standard lo-fi rock at first, until the gang vocals kick in and demand your attention, and the guitar solo combines notes that surely have been combined before in a way that seems like they’ve crossed galaxies to meet in a totally unique formation, and a second listen reveals that the entire song is silly-awesome. Slawesome?


The album will be for sale on vinyl and as a DRM-free download via the pay-what-you-want model.


SONG LIST
01 M2 (Big Black Car)
02 Big Brother
03 Hearts and Mines
04 Lumbering Giant
05 The Flaming Pig
06 Fireball’s Revenge
07 The Middle Ages
08 Lou Reed Says
09 Thanks, Vern
10 The Incensed Sleeper
11 Mountain of Light
12 Vacation


Mittens on Strings
Big Brother [MP3]
     



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Friday, Sep 25, 2009

Holopaw
Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness.
(Bakery Outlet)
Releasing: 3 November


John Orth’s voice has this quivering quality that’s a refreshing antidote to all the auto-tune found on the radio. “The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion” is a good song to enjoy a sunny day with, or to play on a rainy day in protest to the weather. The song has a crisp sound to it, making me wish I knew the words so I could sing along.


SONG LIST
01 The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion
02 Black Lacquered Shame
03 Boys on Motorbikes
04 Cherry Glow
05 The Conductor and the Hobbyist (Avalanche)
06 The Last Transmission (Honeybee)
07 The Lazy Matador
08 Little Stallion with a Glass Jaw
09 Oh, Glory
10 P-a-l-o-m-i-n-e
11 Snow-packed Hush


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The Art Teacher and the Little Stallion [MP3]
     


 


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Friday, Sep 25, 2009

“Selfish Gene”, along with all the other songs on the Jimi Tenor/Tony Allen collaboration, Inspiration Information Vol. 4, came together in under a week, but the loose vibe feels exquisitely seasoned. Allen’s stumbling drum beat owns the track, gathering everything else into a beautiful tumbleweed of a jam.


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Selfish Gene [MP3]
     



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