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Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009

Dan Deacon is heading back out on tour next week with Nuclear Power Pants. Deacon, who is also a visual artist, is combining both of his passions into one big contest for fans (or those just trying to get some extra cash).


To celebrate the upcoming release of his album, Bromst, Deacon had the company Post Typography design an amazing new poster which includes 243 cartoon characters. In order to win this contest, your job is to ID all of the characters portrayed within the poster—be the first one to get them all correct and an amazing prize package awaits you! The contest ends at midnight, November 17.


THE PRIZE:


1. $500 cash
2. A portrait of you painted by Dan Deacon
3. One of the last copies of Wham City Box set #1
4. A copy of each of Dan Deacon’s first 8 impossible-to-find releases


Send your submissions to: postercontest@whamcity.com


The complete tour dates are after the jump.


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Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Xenophanes
(Rodriguez Lopez Productions)
Releasing: 28 September (Europe) / 10 November (US)


The Mars Volta guitarist offers up another solo album in Xenophanes. This one is a concept album that with grand ambition depicts the life journey through birth, death and re-birth. Lopez sings the whole record in his native Spanish and it’s the first album to spotlight lead vocals from the man Rolling Stone labeled as one of the “Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.


SONG LIST
01 Azoemia
02 Mundo De Ciegos
03 Ojo Al Cristo De Plata
04 Amanita Virosa
05 Sangrando Detrás De Los Ojos
06 Desarraigo
07 Asco Que Conmueve Los Puntos Erógenos
08 Oremos
09 Perder El Arte De La Razón Sin Mover Un Sólo Dedo
10 Flores De Cizaña
11 Maria Celeste


Omar Rodriguez Lopez
“Mundo De Ciegos” [MP3]
     



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Monday, Sep 28, 2009

Efterklang & the Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Performing Parades
(Leaf Label)
Releasing: 20 October


Performing Parades will be released with the 55-minute live concert film, a behind the scenes documentary, video clips for six songs from Parades as well as the video for “Mirador”. Check out videos for “Caravan” and “Cutting Ice to Snow” below; they’re bizarre and delightful, and the image of the band playing and marching among the orchestra, outnumbered and battling with bigger sounds, is quite the spectacle.


SONG LIST
01 Polygene
02 Mirador
03 Him Poe Poe
04 Horseback Tenors
05 Mimeo
06 Frida Found a Friend
07 Maison de Reflexion
08 Blowing Lungs Like Bubbles
09 Caravan
10 Illuminant
11 Cutting Ice to Snow



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Monday, Sep 28, 2009

If you’re anywhere remotely close to Chicago, you should be happy to know that Tortoise is doing a free (free!) in-store performance at Reckless Records, at 5 P.M., Sunday, October 4th. I suppose there’s a 3% chance they just saw Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and are going to do a bait-and-switch with some obnoxious man named Randy, but I’m 97% sure that it is a blessing from the music gods and we shouldn’t question it. In the meantime, enjoy the video for “Prepare Your Coffin”, and maybe even download the MP3. You deserve it.


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Prepare Your Coffin [MP3]
     



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Monday, Sep 28, 2009

“Relator”, by these two very beautiful people, could not be more bland. It would miss the cut for a Rob Thomas album. Train would find it dull. It might put the Fray to sleep. Johansson seems unsure of her twangy, so-average-it-hurts singing voice, and Yorn appears to protest too much, as if he hears the festering corpse of a song he’s found himself singing and is trying to trick his brain into finding it halfway decent.



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