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by Alan Ranta

19 Oct 2009


Deru
Say Goodbye to Useless
(Mush)
Releasing: 23 February

“Peanut Butter & Patience”, the first single from Deru’s third full-length release, is a doozy, contrasting sharp percussion with creepy, ambient electronic sounds. It belongs on a Samurai Champloo soundtrack. Say Goodbye to Useless is going to blow up 2010. Watch for it when it drops on February 23rd.

SONG LIST
01 I Would Like
02 I Want
03 Peanut Butter & Patience
04 Hello
05 Basically, Fuck You
06 Walk
07 Fadeaway
08 Days, Then…
09 What Happens When You Ask
10 Cottonmouth Lothario
11 Goodbye

by Katharine Wray

19 Oct 2009


Brilliant Colors
Introducing
(Slumberland )
Releasing: 3 November

New music, new genres. Every band sounds vaguely like some other band. Terms like electro-rock-hop and pop-grunge-dance are now used to define bands. For Brilliant Colors, we’ll just stick with lo-fi. “English Cities”, the first single off their romp of a debut album, is a rush of guitars, drums, and hairspray.

SONG LIST
01 I Searched
02 Absolutely Anything
03 English Cities
04 Yell in the Air
05 You Say You Want
06 Over There
07 Mythic
08 Short Sleeves at Night
09 Motherland
10 Should I Tell You

Brilliant Colors
English Cities [MP3]     

by Alan Ranta

19 Oct 2009


Joan of Arc’s 12th odd album may be a little on the hit-&-miss side, as Joe Tacopino’s PopMatters review attests, but this track is definitely a hit. That said, I’m not exactly sure what this video is trying to get at.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Oct 2009


Doveman
The Conformist
(Brassland)
Releasing: 20 October

Former PopMatters scribe Thomas Bartlett, better known as Doveman, has a new record coming out this week. His mellow and delicate pop is always a delight.

SONG LIST
01 Breathing Out
02 Best Thing
03 Memorize
04 Hurricane
05 Aftermath
06 From Silence
07 Cat Awoke
08 Angel’s Share
09 Burgundy Stain
10 Tigers
11 Castles

Doveman
“Angel’s Share” [MP3]
     

by Faye Rasmussen

16 Oct 2009


The Decemberists have teamed up with four filmmakers—Guilherme Marcondes, Julia Pott, Peter Sluszka and Santa Maria—to create an hour-long animation for their most recent album, The Hazards of Love. The band has officially released the trailer for their upcoming event, on October 19, where they will perform the entire piece synchronized with the animation, as well as an additional second set of old songs and new material. The show will take place at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.

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