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Monday, Jun 15, 2009
A new band pours talent into two songs with choruses that just won't quit. Also, best Bio Dome and Craigslist jokes ever to come out of the chamber-pop movement.

Over on MySpace, a scruffy little band called the Heaps emerges from the flaming wreckage of Elvis Costello (now spending several lifetimes in the purgatory of talk show hosting) and Belle & Sebastian (or, How I Found God and Lost Most of My Audience, by Stuart Murdoch) to make two irresistible songs: “Casual Encounters” and “William Baldwin: A Lament”.


The other posted songs work well enough, but these first two gems are not only tuneful, they’re therapy for the unbearable lightness of pop culture and Craigslist. Have a listen.


The Heaps
“Casual Encounters” and “William Baldwin: A Lament” [Streaming]


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Monday, Jun 15, 2009

It is difficult to match the showmanship of Dan Deacon, but Sam Herring and Future Islands did just that with an opening slot on Deacon’s recent Bromst tour.


Front man Herring exudes a Joe Cocker vibe that elevates the band’s sound to something altogether more soulful and unique than much of today’s run-of-the-mill synth-pop.


Joe Stakun’s video for Wave Like Home standout “Beach Foam” places the band in some sort of solarized screensaver baptism. The video is a good introduction to the band’s strange, hypnotic universe.



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Friday, Jun 12, 2009

Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Atlantic correspondent and journalism professor Ellen Ruppel Shell is an engaging and compelling look at the ramifications of American’s desires for endless bargains. The book comes out in July and is an essential read for anyone interested in getting another perspective on both the current economic crisis and how drastically Americans’ lives have been altered over the last 50 years.


 



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Friday, Jun 12, 2009

“Summertime Clothes” is the second single from the critically acclaimed Animal Collective album Merriweather Post Pavilion. The video features the Brooklyn-based FLEX dance crew and is fittingly psychedelic and colorful. The band is also giving away an MP3 remix by Dam-Funk if you sign up for their mailing list.



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Friday, Jun 12, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Neko Case dropped by The Tonight Show last night to play “This Tornado Loves You” off Middle Cyclone



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