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by Sarah Zupko

10 Feb 2010


Google now wants to take on Facebook and Twitter with Google Buzz, which tacks social media applications onto Gmail. When is their tablet coming out? Have they got a replacement for a Toyota Prius?

by Alex Suskind

10 Feb 2010


Phantogram is influenced by a variety of sensations, aspirations, and visions, the combination of which explode into an array of atmospheric and organic sounds. Hailing from Upstate New York, the duo draws from a wide range of music—from hip-hop to trip-hop to garage rock to avant-garde. Where other bands would likely fail meshing these genres into a coherent set of sounds, Phantogram flourishes. Their songs have a three-dimensional quality, which is fitting considering the actual definition of a “phantogram” is a two-dimensional object that appears three-dimensional.

Their album, Eyelid Movies, was released on 9 February and is currently streaming over on NPR and on Lala below..

SONG LIST
01 Mouthful of Diamonds
02 When I’m Small
03 Turn It Off
04 Running from the Cops
05 All Dried Up
06 As Far As I Can See
07 You Are the Ocean
08 Bloody Palms
09 Futuristic Casket
10 Let Me Go
11 10,000 Claps

by PopMatters Staff

9 Feb 2010


We recently profiled Owen Pallett and praised his 2010 album, Heartland, saying it “has a fine polish that feels as expansive as it is ornate.” Pallett recently stopped by Q TV and here is his live take on “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt”.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Feb 2010


Basement Jaxx have remixed ‘80s new wave classic from those old New Romantics, ABC. Man, this one takes me back… Actually, the album that song originally comes from (The Lexicon of Love) is a perfect Valentine’s Day soundtrack all around.

Basement Jaxx
“Look of Love (Felix Jaxx Booty Remix)” [MP3]
     

and the original…

by PopMatters Staff

9 Feb 2010


Jamie Lidell
Compass
(Warp)
Releasing: 18 May

Beck and Feist are just two of the musical luminaries stepping in for an assist on UK blue-eyed soul meister Jamie Lidell’s new platter due out in May. This goes beyond the casual guest appearance, as both Beck and Feist wrote tunes with Lidell for Compass. Oh, and some folks from Wilco and Grizzly Bear turned up too. This should be a good one and here’s a stream to whet the appetite.

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