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Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009

Third Eye Blind
Ursa Major
(Megaforce)
Releasing: 18 August (US)


Stephan Jenkins clearly has some things he’s needed to get off his chest over the last six years and to the fortune of the fans, the silence has been broken today and expressed in the form of Third Eye Blind’s fourth album Ursa Major. But, Jenkins and company have come back from hiatus with some aces in hand: incorporating some new instruments and adding depth both musically and lyrically. 


They’re kept with their edgy lyrics, with songs like their first single, “Don’t Believe a Word” Jenkins pens, “We like thugs when they attack / And we like crime when it’s black on black.” Or the softer, acoustic “One in Ten”, about a woman who doesn’t return the singer’s feelings of love, primarily because she’s in love with a woman: “Love doesn’t come in perfect packages / That means I qualify.” With lyrics like this, in addition to new music build-ups and chorus crescendos that blast through your speakers, it’s hard to not not drum on the steering wheel. Or take a listen to “The Dao of St. Paul” where the band opted for a gospel choir to round the end of song, and album, out.


But for the not-so-die-hard, you have songs like “Summertown” or “Waterlanding” that deeply resembling the memorable hooks and catchy lyrics that the popular consensus drank up and imbibed in 1997.  The band, has not forgotten what it takes to make a worthwhile CD, and if anything, they’ve only improved their craft over the last six years.



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Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009
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The Cinematics
Love and Terror
(Orchard Music)
Releasing: 6 October (US)


SONG LIST
01 All These Things
02 She Talks to the Trees
03 New Mexico
04 Love and Terror
05 Lips Taste Like Tears
06 Wish (When the Banks Collapse)
07 Hospital Bills
08 Moving to Berlin
09 You Can Dance
10 Hard for Young Lovers


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“Love and Terror” [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009
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The Beatles: Rock Band
(Harmonix/MTV Games)
Platform: PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Releasing: 9 September 2009


SONG LIST


Singles
I Want to Hold Your Hand
I Feel Fine
Day Tripper
Paperback Writer
Revolution
Don’t Let Me Down


Please Please Me
I Saw Her Standing There
Boys
Do You Want to Know a Secret
Twist and Shout


With the Beatles
I Wanna Be Your Man


A Hard Day’s Night
A Hard Day’s Night
Can’t Buy Me Love


Beatles For Sale
Eight Days a Week
Help!:
Ticket to Ride


Rubber Soul
Drive My Car
I’m Looking Through You
If I Needed Someone


Revolver
Taxman
Yellow Submarine
And Your Bird Can Sing


Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help From My Friends
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Good Morning Good Morning


Magical Mystery Tour
I Am the Walrus
Hello Goodbye


The Beatles (White Album)
Dear Prudence
Back in the U.S.S.R.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Birthday
Helter Skelter


Yellow Submarine
Hey Bulldog


Abbey Road
Come Together
Something
Octopus’s Garden
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Here Comes the Sun


Let It Be
Dig a Pony
I Me Mine
I Got a Feeling
Get Back


Love
Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows


(via Rolling Stone)


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Monday, Aug 17, 2009
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Headlights
Wildlife
(Polyvinyl)
Releasing: 6 October (US)


Indie band Headlights recorded their upcoming record live. Tristan Wraight says, “On this record we just sang, that’s the take, that’s the part, there’s the vocals, here’s the mic, sing the song, done.”


SONG LIST
01 Telephones
02 Secrets
03 You and Eye
04 Get Going
05 Love Song for Buddy
06 I Don’t Mind at All
07 Dead Ends
08 Wisconsin Beaches
09 We’re All Animals
10 Teenage Wonder
11 Slow Down Town


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Hugh Cornwell
Hooverdam
(Invisible Hands Music)
Releasing: now (digital) / 8 September (physical)


Frontman of one of the original British punk bands, the Strangers, Hugh Cornwell is releasing a new solo album in early September that displays his life-long love of gritty rock and roll. But in a true punk twist, Cornwell is offering the album for free right now from his website www.hughcornwell.com. The head of Cornwell’s label, Charles Kennedy, explains the free offer as such: “Everything that’s ever been recorded or filmed is now online and free – whether the copyright owners like it or not, and any work of artists that is honest – either from decades ago or right now – has intellectual value that will always translate into monetary value.”


SONG LIST
01 Please Don’t Put Me on a Slow Boat to Trowbridge
02 Going to the City
03 Delightful Nightmare
04 Within You Or Without You
05 Rain on the River
06 Beat of My Heart
07 Philip K. Ridiculous
08 The Pleasure of Your Company
09 Wrong Side of the Tracks
10 Banging on the Same Old Beat



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