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by Conrad Hughes

26 Jan 2010


A new edition of the forthcoming Final Fantasy XIII has been detailed in a press release from Square Enix. It’s going to cost £59.99 and will contain a soundtrack CD by Masashi Hamauzu, a hardcover art book and weirdly, a fake tattoo transfer of the game’s logo.

It’s a bit of a shame that the music isn’t series staple Nobuo Uematsu this time round—the Final Fantasy piano collections by him are excellent. Hopefully, we can expect a similar level of quality from the CD this time. Take a listen to the battle theme and tell us what you think. Is it worth the extra £20?

by PopMatters Staff

25 Jan 2010


Last week, Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffeythe released their covers record Turn On under the Hot Rats moniker. Then they dropped by the Ferguson stage to scorch their way through Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up”.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Jan 2010


Baltimore’s Beach House unleash their third album and Sub Pop debut this week. The band trekked to upstate New York to lay down the tracks in an old converted church, which does wonders for the acoustics on the album. Teen Dream is coming packaged with a DVD featuring videos for each of the record’s 10 songs produced by 10 different directors. Meanwhile, the band has hit the late show circuit to promote Teen Dream as we see with this clip from Fallon.

by Sarah Zupko

21 Jan 2010


The Avett Brothers had a banner year in 2009, with their latest release, the Rick Rubin-produced I and Love and You, placing high on many year-end top music lists, including here at PopMatters. It was their major label debut and showed a great deal of musical growth as the band embraced the piano to build out and enlarge their sound. This Saturday (23 January) they take the stage in Austin with the garage rockers Heartless Bastards. 

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jan 2010


Gorillaz
Plastic Beach
(Parlophone, Virgin)
Releasing: 8 March (Europe), 9 March (US)

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett under the moniker Gorillaz release their third record this March featuring a virtual who’s who of guest appearances, including Mos Def, Lou Reed, and former Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, among many others.

SONG LIST
01 Orchestral Intro (featuring Sinfonia ViVA)
02 Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (feat. Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
03 White Flag (feat. Kano, Bashy and The National Orchestra for Arabic Music)
04 Rhinestone Eyes
05 Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def)
06 Superfast Jellyfish (feat. Gruff Rhys and De La Soul)
07 Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
08 Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E Smith)
09 Some Kind of Nature feat. Lou Reed)
10 On Melancholy Hill
11 Broken
12 Sweepstakes (feat. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
13 Plastic Beach (feat. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon)
14 To Binge (feat. Little Dragon)
15 Cloud of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack and Sinfonia ViVA)
16 Pirate Jet

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