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Thursday, Sep 17, 2009

It seems inevitable that if you haven’t heard of the Scottish band Glasvegas, you probably will soon. Their self-titled debut album was released in January of this year, and had been nominated for the Mercury Prize for best album of 2009, though it lost to Speech DeBelle’s Speech Therapy. Tack on live performances on Carson Daly and Craig Ferguson, playing a set at Lollapalooza and it’s no wonder they found themselves touring with U2 only a handful of months later. To finish up the year, Glasvegas is currently touring with Kings of Leon throughout Canada and some parts of the U.S (dates after the jump).


Yesterday, the band released their second U.S. single, “It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry”. The single, which Bono declares is “one of the best songs [he’s] ever heard”, comes paired with a video which features a more intimate look into the mind of lead singer James Allan as he contemplates his inner quarrels with love:



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The Feelies, an influential new wave band from the ‘80s, reunited in 2008, and for much of 2009 they’ve been playing shows all across the United States. To coincide with a performance at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in New York, the band has rereleased Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth.


Though they were never hugely popular, The Feelies were a big part of the indie music scene in the 1980s. Michael Stipe of R.E.M. has listed the band as one of his influences. Named after a pleasure device in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, The Feelies do just that: provide musical pleasure. Album details down below.


The Feelies


Let’s Go [MP3]


     



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Garcia is one of the premiere contemporary storytellers of women’s stories—his Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her and Nine Lives are must-sees—this year he directs Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, and the much-buzzed about Annette Bening in an eloquent tale about motherhood. Expect Bening to be at the Oscars again!



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Thursday, Sep 17, 2009

Bear in Heaven
Beast Rest Forth Mouth
(Hometapes)
Releasing: 13 October


Brooklyn-based art rock quartet Bear In Heaven is giving away a pair of tracks off of their upcoming full-length, Beast Rest Forth Mouth, and they come on high recommendation (suspicions of conspiracy between bands with “Bear” in their name aside). The first single, “Wholehearted Mess”, is out now on a 12” EP (limited to 1000), but “Lovesick Teenagers” throbs and plods only on the Internet for the time being.


SONG LIST
01 Beast in Peace
02 Wholehearted Mess
03 You Do You
04 Lovesick Teenagers
05 Ultimate Satisfaction
06 Dust Cloud
07 Drug a Wheel
08 Deafening Love
09 Fake Out
10 Casual Goodbye


Bear In Heaven


Wholehearted Mess [MP3]


     


Lovesick Teenagers [MP3]


     



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Some Delights of the Hudson Valley, edited by Danny Shanahan, is a compilation of humor concerning the region, full of stories, jokes, comic books, and poems from such contributors as Robert Kelly and Denny Dillon.



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