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These New Puritans
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.
01 Time Xone
02 We Want War
03 Three Thousand
05 Attack Music
09 Drum Courts–Where Corals Lie
10 White Chords
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.
The Dodos made their network television debut on Letterman last Friday, finally getting their friends and family to believe that they’re a real, successful band. The performance has a charming little fish-big pond feel to it, exactly the kind that makes me wonder how Letterman feels watching the band. Does he spend the whole time spinning a pen on his thumb? Is he initially dismissive but slowly persuaded that “hey, these kids can play”? Something tells me that Paul’s probably paying more attention.
Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime team up with Rapper Big Pooh and M.E.D. for the wheezy, smoky “Endure”, which stumbles only because of its whiny beat. Otherwise, the production remains moody and atmospheric as Big Pooh and M.E.D. deliver solid guest verses. This track is off SomeOthaShip, Georgia and Declaime’s upcoming album that is due out digitally Feb. 16 and in retail stores Feb. 23.