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Thursday, Oct 1, 2009

James McMurtry
Live in Europe
(Lightning Rod)
Releasing: 13 October


McMurtry’s latest is patched together from the finest, hand-picked recordings made on his very first European tour, in early 2009. The performances come from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Geislingen, Germany, and the album will come with a bonus DVD with video from the Amsterdam set.


SONG LIST
01 Bayou Tortue
02 Just Us Kids
03 Hurricane Party
04 You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
05 Fräulein O.
06 Ruby and Carlos
07 Freeway View
08 Restless


BONUS DVD
01 Choctaw Bingo
02 You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
03 Freeway View
04 We Can’t Make It Here
05 Laredo (with Jon Dee Graham)
06 Too Long in the Wasteland


James McMurtry
Bayou Tortue [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Oct 1, 2009

In celebration of the September 29 release of Yeah Ghost, Zero 7 has released four videos of live performances of songs off their new album.


The UK band is expected to announce their US tour dates in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy the four new songs:



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Thursday, Oct 1, 2009

Zombieland wants to make zombies funny. Other zombie/infected people films have done so, some intentionally (Shaun of the Dead) and others not (Doomsday). It’s a hard feat because the idea of being devoured by a creature is anything but funny, but the fine line is successfully drawn and tip-toed on by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer.


Inspired to make the film by the aforementioned Shaun of the Dead, Fleischer says that it is America’s turn to laugh at the grunting, moaning and bloodthirsty creatures that scared us so in the landmark film Night of the Living Dead He promises that his zombies are not the slow, mumbling and easily defeated creatures of the original Romero presentation, but more the 2004 Dawn of the Dead version, who can run, sprint, climb, and are strong enough to be formidable foes and also have the ability to solve logical problems, like opening and unlocking doors.


The film takes place in an post-apocalyptic United States, where a super virus is turning most of the population into zombies. A group of uninfected survivors begin to fight back. The movie focuses on the dynamic between two men, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) who is a fear-driven coward, and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a gun-toting lover of killing zombies who is on a quest to find and eat the last Twinkie before it expires. They join up with sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) to seek solace in an old amusement park that they believe to be free of zombies, but with plenty of shooting and maiming to be had along the way.



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Thursday, Oct 1, 2009

Daniel Johnston
Is and Always Was
(Eternal Yip Eye Music / High Wire Music)
Releasing: 6 October


On the precipice of the October 6th release of Daniel Johnston’s newest album, Is and Always Was, we can feel our beloved indie hero’s presence flaring up more and more in mainstream culture. Just the other day I saw “Hi How Are You?” T-shirts stacked to the 9s at my local Urban Outfitters. Apple also seems to be riding the Johnston wave by developing an iPhone game featuring his art and music. Johnston has teamed up with big league music producer Jason Faulkner, who has worked with the likes of Beck, Air, and Paul McCartney. How will the commodification of Johnston’s once-upon-a-time esoterica affect the way we listen to his music now?!


Well, breaking away from lo-fi is a very interesting move by Johnston, since lo-fi is so in vogue as of late. Listening to Is and Always Was’ lead single “Freedom”, you don’t lose any of the music’s swing and romp. Exhale everyone, it still sounds like him! The production values just give the song more depth and a little oomph.


SONG LIST
01 Mind Movies
02 Fake Records Of Rock And Roll
03 Queenie The Doggie
04 High Horse
05 Without You
06 I Had Lost My Mind
07 Freedom
08 Tears
09 Is And Always Was
10 Lost In My Infinite Memory
11 Light Of Day


Daniel Johnston
Freedom [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Oct 1, 2009

The Swimmers
People Are Soft
(MAD Dragon)
Releasing: 3 November


The video for “What This World Is Coming To” has hand claps and flashing lights, and the dulcet synths on the free-to-download “A Hundred Hearts” ensure that People Are Soft definitely has its appeal.


SONG LIST
01 Shelter
02 A Hundred Hearts
03 Drug Party
04 What This World Is Coming To
05 Give Me the Sun
06 Save Me (From the Brightness)
07 Nervous Wreck
08 To the Bells
09 Dresses Don’t Fit
10 Anything Together
11 Try to Settle In


The Swimmers
A Hundred Hearts [MP3]
     



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