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by J.M. Suarez

17 May 2010

The first new Pernice Brothers album since 2006’s Live a Little, Goodbye, Killer is set to be released on June 15. The band is currently streaming three songs from the album: “Not the Loving Kind”, “F**king and Flowers”, and “We Love the Stage”.  Another song from the upcoming release, “Jacqueline Susann”, is also available as a free MP3 download. The Pernice Brothers are also running a special promotion with a pre-order of the album that includes a free copy of the book Pernice to Me.

01 Bechamel
02 Jacqueline Susann
03 We Love the Stage
04 The Loving Kind
05 Something for You
06 Goodbye, Killer
07 The Great Depression
08 Newport News
09 F*cking and Flowers
10 The End of Faith

by Dean Blumberg

17 May 2010

Do you ever lie awake at night, amongst a room cluttered with Black Flag, Misfits, and Samhain posters, wondering what it would be like if Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig were, you know, really close and intimate? Fortunately I’m not the only one because Tom Neely and alt-comix/art crew Igloo Tornado present Henry and Glenn Forever, a new mini-comic billed as “the love story to end all love stories.”

The book showcases 64 pages of Henry and Glenn as the sensitive and tender companions we have been hoping they were. Oh yeah, John Hall and Darryl Oates are Henry and Glenn’s satan-worshipping evil next-door neighbors. Henry and Glenn Forever is a Cantankerous Titles release available for purchase (only $4!) from Microcosm Publishing.

by Bill Clifford

17 May 2010

For anyone who may have missed it, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon hosted a week-long promotion last week of the re-release of one of classic rock’s most renowned recordings, The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street. The promotion also coincided with the premiere of Stones in Exile, a DVD documentary of the making of the double record masterpiece. The reissue comes in three editions: the classic 18-track CD; a deluxe CD package that includes 10 unearthed tracks – including four that didn’t make the original recording and haven’t been heard until now; and a super-deluxe package that includes a vinyl copy, a CD and the 30-minute documentary as well as a 50-page photo book. Friday night’s show included the premiere of the 30-minute documentary.

Lest that history be lost on the youth, Fallon invited guest musicians on the show to cover songs from Exile on Main Street, four of whom are young enough to have been children when the original recording was released. Below are the videos from long time Stones friend and contributor Taj Mahal, performing “Shine a Light”, Green Day playing “Rip This Joint”, Keith Urban’s take on “Tumbling Dice”,  Sheryl Crow with “All Down the Line”, and Phish offering up “Loving Cup”. Guests in some of the performances include Fallon’s house band, the Roots, as well as Rolling Stone touring musicians Chuck Leavell.

by PopMatters Staff

16 May 2010

Back in 2008, Christian John Wikane profiled innovative R&B songstress Janelle Monáe and called her “a freedom fighter, a daydreamer, a storyteller, and, above all, a fiercely independent artist whose music bridges the fringe with the mainstream.” She was a fairly off-the-radar performer then, but now she’s poised for major exposure with her new album The ArkAndroid releasing on Bad Boy Records this week. On her new video for “Tightrope”, she teams up with OutKast’s Big Boi and channels some fine Michael Jackson dance moves.

by Thomas Britt

14 May 2010

There are many reasons to arrive at shows in time to see supporting acts. In addition to being treated to more entertainment for the price of admission, watching opening bands often lends much-needed support to acts that are still building an audience. Perhaps the best outcome is a mutual discovery, wherein the band finds that audience and the crowd is exposed to music that theretofore had been under the radar. This is the case with Laminated Cat, whose Umbrella Weather was released late last year. Opening for the Apples in Stereo on recent dates surrounding the release of that band’s excellent Travellers in Space and Time, Laminated Cat did not necessarily play to the full-capacity attendance enjoyed by the headliner, but the young band’s performance was revelatory.

On a superficial level, the Maine band’s “scruffy young brothers” vibe recalls the emergence of Kings of Leon years ago. Musically, however, Laminated Cat could not be further removed from the shiny product that Kings of Leon eventually became. Avowed admirers of Elephant Six releases and the Beatles, the members of Laminated Cat create a beguiling mixture of psychedelic folk/rock. Umbrella Weather—recorded by Craig Morris, Tanner Smith, and A.J. Griffin with supervision from the Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider—does bear the sonic influence of Elephant Six acts, but it also brings to mind the sorely missed Beachwood Sparks and early Sparklehorse. The album was released through Garden Gate Records, whose “mission is to release music that should not go unheard, that the world needs to hear… sounds for the ears of the future”.

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