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Friday, Sep 18, 2009

While I am not the first to say this, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to the Meat Puppets. On 12 May 2009 the grunge-era rockers made a triumphant return to rock music with the release of their critically acclaimed album Sewn Together. Marking the second album since the band reunited in 2007, Sewn Together has been described as clever and more polished than past works. In an interview with Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic, Meat Puppets bassist, vocalist, lyricist and producer Cris Kirkwood said: “Sewn Together (which followed 2007’s Rise to your Knees) represents Curt and I getting beyond the fact that we’re just back together. I think the singing is better than ever.”


To celebrate the newish album the band has released a brand-new music video for the single “Rotten Shame”. They have also been touring more vigorously than ever before. In attempts to connect with fans, both new and old, the band has been accepting set-list requests for their live shows at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Tour dates after the jump.



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Friday, Sep 18, 2009

Real Ones
All For the Neighborhood
(Rebel Group)
Releasing: 22 September


From Shining to Sondre Lerche to Datarock, Norway has become a source of interesting new music. Now, add Real Ones to that list. This Scandinavian band, together since they were teens, makes music to smile to. Perhaps the long winters in Norway are what inspire all this creativity.


SONG LIST
01 Hello
02 Every Dog Has His Day
03 Outlaw
04 The Neighbourhood
05 I Will Not Let You Down
06 Lonesome Town
07 Tomorrow
08 Miles and Miles
09 Six In The Morning
10 When You Can’t Think Straight
11 Come On Over


Real Ones


Every Dog Has His Day [MP3]


     



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So yes, it’s a bit on the experimental side, but this new short film “Artificial Paradise, Inc.” by Jp Frenay is too visually stunning to be ignored. Not sure exactly what’s going on? Don’t worry, no one is, but the description Frenay gives may help a little, or not:


“an experimental film anticipating a future where a major corporation has developed an unique software, based on organic virtual reality, which holds all the lost memories of humankind. A user connects to this database of the forgotten…what is he searching for?”


Aside from incredible work in computer graphics wrapped in some vague notion of plot many post-modern video artists are notorious for, I’m not really sure what anyone is searching for in this film, but it is somehow beautiful just the same.


ARTIFICIAL PARADISE,INC. from Jp Frenay on Vimeo.


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I’m usually not one to say this type of thing, but don’t The Cure own those chords?  Listen and you’ll know what I’m talking about.



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Buddy Miller at the 2008 Americana Music Festival [Photo: Sarah Zupko]


PopMatters perennial favorite Buddy Miller swept last night’s Americana Music Association Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for his recent duet album with wife Julie Miller. Written in Chalk is indeed one of the finest albums of the year in any genre. In the clip below, Miller discusses the making of the acclaimed album, which also features collaborations with Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, and Patty Griffin. Miller also won Artist of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year. Full list of winners after the jump.



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