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Monday, Sep 14, 2009

Juliette Lewis is like that woman in the bar who’s gotten into fights (and won) and ain’t no fool to a man’s game. She infuses this feral power into her high octane rock ‘n’ roll, however cheekily hyperbolic it may be. On The Late Late Show, Juliette Lewis talks about her new album Terra Incognita, released this week on The End, and produced by Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez. The interview’s loud vs. louder tone makes for some comedy, but give credit to Ferguson for being one of the few TV interviewers out there who actually lets their guests speak without being patronized or victim to a barrage of verbal assaults. When Lewis describes herself as “a Little Prince in a Mad Max world”, it is incredibly apropos.


Adopting a tundra of Bat for Lashes-like garb with a hard rock edge, Lewis thrusts into a maelstrom of screechy vixen vocals, menacing guitar riffs, a torrent of drums, and eerie romanticism on Terra Incognita. Distinct from her past work with the Licks, lyrics of brazen debauchery are superseded by Lewis’ outcries of despair and longing. In “Noche Sin Fin”, Lewis’ terror in the night ends with declamations of immortality, “I, I, I, I will never die”, and is one of Terra Incognita‘s stronger tracks. Lewis will go on tour for Terra Incognita in the fall, beginning on September 11th in Toronto. Backed by new band, the New Romantiques, Lewis’ performance of Terra Incognita‘s “Fantasy Bar” maxes out her pixie-bizarre card, prancing around like a rock ‘n’ roll Alkonost in midnight blue:



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Mika
The Boy Who Knew Too Much
(Casablanca)
Releasing: 21 September


Once known as We Are Golden, Mika changed the name of his second studio album to satiate his desire for “something a little more ridiculous”. He teams up once again with Life in Cartoon Motion producer Greg Wells, and shares a songwriting credit with Imogen Heap on track 8, “By the Time”.


SONG LIST


Standard Edition
01 We Are Golden
02 Blame It On The Girls
03 Rain
04 Dr. John
05 I See You
06 Blue Eyes
07 Good Gone Girl
08 Touches You
09 By The Time
10 One Foot Boy
11 Toy Boy
12 Pick Up Off The Floor


Deluxe Edition: Disc 2 Mika Live at Sadler’s Wells
01 Grace Kelly
02 Lady Jane
03 Stuck in the Middle
04 Lonely Alcoholic
05 Blue Eyes
06 Toy Boy
07 Billy Brown
08 Good Gone Girl
09 Over My Shoulder
10 Big Girl (You’re Beautiful)
11 Love Today
12 Blame It on the Girls
13 Happy Ending
14 Lollipop
15 My Interpretation
16 Rain
17 Relax, Take It Easy


Mika
Blame It on the Girls [MP3]
     



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Bat for Lashes went home empty-handed at the Mercury Prize Awards, but did get a chance to perform “Moon and Moon” off of Album of the Year-nominated Two Suns:



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There isn’t much that makes sense about UK act Golau Glau (said “Goll Eye Gly”).


For one, they’ve only just formed this summer, and they’re already on to some seriously next level experimentation. Secondly, they’ve taken a fairly pristine track from techno ambient masters worriedaboutsatan and added a whole slew of Scuba-like atmospherics and clobbering sub-bass to it. Sheesh.


Finally, I’m unable to effectively communicate why I like “Heartland Half Seizure”, which is available here for free at new net label Odd Net. Spiraling glassy synths, half-time dubby beats, and randomly doubled female vocals seemingly concerning a 1930s-era anti-fascist riot in a Welsh coastal town—actually, it’s all quite nice. Golau Glau’s Last.fm profile also offers “Heartland Half Seizure” (and many more songs) for free download.


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by PopMatters Staff

Estella Hung isn’t too keen on Muse’s new album The Resistance, but she did like the lead track, which the band played last night on the VMAs. “‘Uprising’, easily the best track on the album, is a terrific hacking away at the theme from Dr Who by a Glitter stomp powered by quasars galore. Like the faintly Beck-like ‘Supermassive Black Holes’ on Blackholes and Revelations, it’s the album’s one pleasant surprise.”



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