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by Tyler Gould

7 Jan 2010


Eluvium
Similes
(Temporary Residence)
Releasing: 23 February

In the two years since Eluvium’s last album, Matthew Cooper has learned how to add vocals to his ambient tracks, and not in an “incomprehensible mumbling and cooing” way either. This is bona fide singing with lyrics and everything. It’s definitely a different listening experience—it’s harder to lose yourself in the music when there’s someone else in the aural room.

SONG LIST
01 Leaves Eclipse the Light
02 The Motion Makes Me Last
03 In Culmination
04 Weird Creatures
05 Nightmare 5
06 Making Up Minds
07 Bending Dream
08 Cease to Know

Leaves Eclipse the Light [MP3]
     

The Motion Makes Me Last [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

6 Jan 2010


Harlem
Hippies
(Matador)
Releasing: 6 April

This is Harlem’s second album. They are from Austin, Texas, and they play garage rock. They are notable enough to be posted about on many popular music websites, so you can be sure that they acquit themselves admirably in their chosen genre, but you can also probably imagine the entire album just by listening to “Friendly Ghost” down below. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

01 Someday Soon
02 Friendly Ghost
03 Spray Paint
04 Number One
05 Be Your Baby
06 Gay Human Bones
07 Torture Me
08 Crowd Pleaser
09 Faces
10 Tila and I
11 Three Legged Dog
12 Prairie My Heart
13 Scare You
14 Stripper Sunset
15 Pissed
16 Poolside

Friendly Ghost [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

6 Jan 2010


This song would probably be really fun to play on Rock Band, if you can get a bunch of expert players together. The drums alone would be more exhausting than P90X. Some lunkhead playing on medium would kill the mood, but that’s what you get for associating with lunkheads. Someday, I hope all songs will be evaluated based on how fun their video game approximations might be to play. Contra comes out next week, if you don’t make it far enough in the video to hear it from Dave himself.

by Tyler Gould

5 Jan 2010


Continuing a long tradition of women getting their big break in music videos (Alicia Silverstone, Tawny Kitaen, etc), Michael Cera, a hot up-and-coming actor making the L.A. scene, gets the movie star treatment in the new video from that hip young indie-pop outfit, Islands. If you want to laugh, watch this video closely. Direct your attention toward Cera’s flailing arms as he runs about. Boffo!

by Tyler Gould

5 Jan 2010


Quasi
American Gong
(Kill Rock Stars)
Releasing: February 23

People like Quasi, right? They’ve been around for a while, their music is cute enough, yeah? There’s got to be somebody somewhere who wouldn’t be embarrassed to throw “Repulsion” on in the company of others.

SONG LIST
01 Repulsion
02 Little White Horse
03 Everything and Nothing at All
04 Bye Bye Blackbird
05 The Jig Is Up
06 Black Dogs and Bubbles
07 Death Is Not the End
08 Rockabilly Party
09 Now What
10 Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler
11 Howler

Repulsion [MP3]
     

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