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by PopMatters Staff

12 Jan 2010


Serena Maneesh
S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor
(4AD)
Releasing: 22 March (UK), 23 March (US)

Norway’s recorded their new album in a cave outside Oslo, appropriate for a group mightily concerned with musical atmospherics. Emil Nikolaisen says of the new work and approach, “Studio environments often get on my nerves “and I love the underworld, you can silently head down there and do as you please, leave the world behind. So we found this huge cave with stone walls, it looked like a refugee hideout from World War II, with a huge, undiscovered treasure of sound.”

SONG LIST
01 Ayisha Abyss
02 I Just Want to See Your Face
03 Reprobate!
04 Melody for Jaana
05 Blow Yr Brains in the Mourning Rain
06 Honeyjinx
07 D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D.
08 Magdalena (Symphony #8)

by PopMatters Staff

12 Jan 2010


Nneka & J.Period
The Madness (Onye-Ala)

Nneka & J.Period Present: The Madness (Onye-Ala) available for download now. Featuring guest appearances from heavyweights of all kinds, The Madness (Onye-Ala) includes exclusive new tracks from M-1 (Dead Prez), Jay Electronica, Zumbi (Zion I), Rakaa (Dilated Peoples), Aceyalone (Freestyle Fellowship), General Steele (Boot Camp Clik) & Talib Kweli. Nneka’s The Uncomfortable Truth EP available on iTunes now. Full length album, Concrete Jungle dropping 2 February on Yo Mama/Decon/Epic Records.

by PopMatters Staff

12 Jan 2010


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by PopMatters Staff

12 Jan 2010


These New Puritans
Hidden

(Domino)
Releasing: 18 January (UK), 2 March (US)

Britain’s These New Puritans released a stellar debut two years ago in Beat Pyramid, a record we deemed an 8 and Chris Baynes called an “idiosyncratic, swaggering, and intellectual album, but more importantly for the listener, a damn exciting and original one too.” The group follows with their sophomore effort Hidden this month in the UK, March in the US. The first single, the cerebral and atmospheric “We Want War”, bodes well for the overall quality of the new effort.

SONG LIST
01 Time Xone
02 We Want War
03 Three Thousand
04 Hologram
05 Attack Music
06 Fire–Power
07 Orion
08 Canticle
09 Drum Courts–Where Corals Lie
10 White Chords
11 5

by Tyler Gould

11 Jan 2010


Despite the ill will I harbor for MTV as a whole, I have nothing but good feelings about MTV Unplugged. Of course, that’s probably because the Nirvana performance sticks out in my mind far more than Korn’s appearance on the show. Selective memory is a beautiful thing. Vampire Weekend recently brought their jaunty tunes to the Unplugged stage. Check out the full performance at MTV if you like what you hear from “Cousins” below.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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