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Friday, Sep 25, 2009

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Summer of Fear
(Saddle Creek)
Releasing: 20 October


His self-titled 2007 debut won hearts and minds with high-stakes, melodramatic folk-rock tunes like “Buriedfed”. The passion is still there in “The Sound”, from his autobiographical sophomore LP, Summer of Fear. He sings, “Why would I try to hate on anyone else? / It’s a hard enough time just trying to hate myself.”


SONG LIST
01 Shake a Shot
02 Always an Anchor
03 The Sound
04 Hard Row
05 Trap Door
06 The 100th of March
07 Summer of Fear pt 1
08 Death by Dust
09 Summer of Fear pt 2
10 Losing 4 Winners
11 More than a Mess
12 Boat


Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
The Sound [MP3]
     



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Various Artists
SCORE! 20 Years of Merge Records: THE REMIXES!
(Merge)
Releasing: 17 November


This, the latest addition to the Merge Records 20-year celebration (the covers album came out in April), doesn’t come out until November 17th, but the entire album is available to stream from the Merge website right now. The stream is only up for a limited time, but when it dries up you can check out a ton of Merge XX video over at Converse and Babelgum.


SONG LIST
01 Kalgon (Polvo) by Caribou
02 Mother of Pearl (Pram) by Barbara Morgenstern
03 Baby’s Way Cruel (Guv’ner) by Four Tet
04 Drill Me (I Was So There Remix) (Portastatic) by The Blow
05 The Ghost of You Lingers (Spoon) by John McEntire
06 No Cars Go (Arcade Fire) by Jason Forrest
07 Volcana! (I Hope Your Train Crashes Remix) (The 6ths) by Xiu Xiu
08 Bow to the Middle (The Rosebuds) by +/-
09 Irene (Caribou) by Hands Off Cuba
10 Washington, D.C. (The Magnetic Fields) by Mark Robinson
11 Nashville Parent (Lambchop) by Junior Boys


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Friday, Sep 25, 2009

There was a time a few years ago when Sufjan Stevens, if he gerrymandered a district in such a way as to include music fans of a certain indie persuasion, could have made a successful run for Congress. Illinois had just come out, and the more starry-eyed among us were ecstatic at the prospect of 48 more state-themed albums.


Those salad days are now long behind us, with nary a song to show for it, aside from a few outtakes, Christmas songs, and a multimedia project. But don’t despair! Yon multi-talented music-maker is on tour right now, and he comes bearing good tidings and the gift of new song. “There’s Too Much Love” has his characteristic charm and a sojourn into unexplored territory that is, to say the least, enticing. Video below, remaining tour dates after the jump.



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Friday, Sep 25, 2009

Phoenix is still getting great mileage out of “Lisztomania”, which they played on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night.



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Friday, Sep 25, 2009

Mittens on Strings
Let’s Go to Baba’s
(SOUNGS)
Releasing: October 6


Mittens on strings, the hand-warming items, seem like a silly idea until the first time you let a mitten dangle from your sleeve while doing precise finger work, only to retrieve the mitten seconds later from its convenient position mere inches away from your hand.


Mittens on Strings, the band, have a song called “Big Brother” that seems like standard lo-fi rock at first, until the gang vocals kick in and demand your attention, and the guitar solo combines notes that surely have been combined before in a way that seems like they’ve crossed galaxies to meet in a totally unique formation, and a second listen reveals that the entire song is silly-awesome. Slawesome?


The album will be for sale on vinyl and as a DRM-free download via the pay-what-you-want model.


SONG LIST
01 M2 (Big Black Car)
02 Big Brother
03 Hearts and Mines
04 Lumbering Giant
05 The Flaming Pig
06 Fireball’s Revenge
07 The Middle Ages
08 Lou Reed Says
09 Thanks, Vern
10 The Incensed Sleeper
11 Mountain of Light
12 Vacation


Mittens on Strings
Big Brother [MP3]
     



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