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Monday, Jul 6, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Pissed Jeans
King of Jeans
(Sub Pop)
Releasing: 18 August 2009 (US) / 17 August 2009 (UK)


SONG LIST
01. False Jesii Part 2
02. Half Idiot
03. Dream Smotherer
04. Pleasure Race
05. She Is Science Fiction
06. Request for Masseuse
07. Human Upskirt
08. Lip Ring
09. Spent
10. R-Rated Movie
11. Dominate Yourself
12. Goodbye (Hair)


Pissed Jeans
“False Jesii Part 2” [MP3]
     



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Monday, Jul 6, 2009
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CéU
Vagarosa
(Six Degrees)
Releasing: 7 July 2009 (US/UK)


SONG LIST
01. Sobre o Amor e Seu Trabalho Silencioso
02. Cangote
03. Comadi
04. Bubuia
05. Nascente
06. Grains de Beauté
07. Vira Lata - Luíz Melodia
08. Papa
09. Ponteiro
10. Cordão da Insônia
11. Rosa Menina Rosa
12. Sonâmbulo
13. Espaçonave


CéU
“Bubuia” [MP3]
     



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Monday, Jul 6, 2009
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PopMatters and Lala are happy to present this tribute playlist of some of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, spanning his life in music from his earliest hits with the Jackson 5 to his final studio album.  They’re songs everyone knows, a testament to their enduring power of Jackson’s impact on popular culture.  And thanks to our friends at Lala, PopMatters is providing the playlist for free to all readers who sign up with a new Lala account by clicking the “Get this playlist - FREE” button on the player below.


Plus, if you sign up with Lala through the player between July 6th and July 12th, you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win the Grand Prize: the ultimate Michael Jackson discography on MP3!  That’s each of Jackson’s studio albums, plus compilations, his early work with the Jackson 5, and assorted singles—just for signing up for a free account on Lala.


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Friday, Jul 3, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Last Night in Montreal
by Emily St. John Mandel
(Unbridled Books)
Released: 2 June 2009 (US)


LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL follows the intersecting lives of four people: Lilia, a twenty-something who mysteriously disappeared during childhood; Eli, who tries to hold on to her and then tries to let her go; Christopher, the private detective who remains obsessed with Lilia’s case; and Michaela, the detective’s daughter, who is as rootless as Lilia—and who knows the answers Lilia seeks. A beautifully written, almost poetic tale of loss and love, of sacrifice and abandonment, and of finding a way home, this novel is an hypnotic read, one that casts a spell.



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Thursday, Jul 2, 2009

Dan Gubbins’ Silent Paper Radios project is a departure from his past work as a DJ and hip-hop/electronic music producer. Gubbins says that the inspiration for Silent Paper Radios was the “Weird Folk” movement of recent years, but his sound is less showy and more traditional than much of what that trend produced.


New Silent Paper Radios album Reborn As a Wind Chime is one of this year’s most pleasant surprises, and the unsigned Gubbins has decided to offer the album as a free download for a limited time. On a MySpace blog entry, he instructs listeners to “Download my album free for a month and spread the silent word!”


Silent Paper Radios
Reborn As a Wind Chime [MP3]


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