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by Tyler Gould

19 Feb 2010

Xiu Xiu
Dear God, I Hate Myself
(Kill Rock Stars)
Releasing: 23 February

There’s a new Xiu Xiu album coming out, which I don’t suspect anybody is too excited about, more so that people are awaiting its release in some religious, jaw-clenching fugue state. That’s music for you, though. Some people like to enjoy it, others like to let it motivate their affected agony to tortured, romantic climax.

01 Gray Death
02 Chocolate Makes You Happy
03 Apple for a Brain
04 House Sparrow
05 Hyunhye’s Theme
06 Dear God, I Hate Myself
07 Secret Motel
08 Falkland Rd.
09 The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation
10 Cumberland Gap
11 This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)
12 Impossible Feeling

“This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)” [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Jack White’s Third Man Records is putting out the debut album by Nashville’s Black Belles and the White Stripe directed this video for the Belles that magically channels the sound of his very own band.

by Sarah Zupko

19 Feb 2010

Just in cased you’ve somehow missed the promotional onslaught and the vast amount of copy expended this week on poring over Martin Scorsese’s career, Shutter Island is indeed coming to U.S. and Canadian theatres today. The film opens in many European countries next week, but oddly won’t see a UK release until 12 March.

Reactions to the film are somewhat mixed, even on our own staff. Chris Barsanti weighed in this morning, giving the film an eight and calling it “a haunted-house spooker mixed with an obsessed-detective noir, Shutter Island is not a great film. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of Scorsese’s best, and one to be remembered.” Meanwhile, Cynthia Fuchs is less bullish on Shutter Island, giving it a lowly four.

Earlier this week, Bill Gibron highlighted 10 key moments in Scorsese’s filmography in a popular article “‘Shutter’ Speed: 10 Seminal Scorsese Moments”. Gibron says of Scorsese that “he reinvents himself with every film, following his own unique ideals while constantly staying cemented in the language of the artform.”

Below are some interviews with the director and the stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley, as well as the author of the original book, Dennis Lehane.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Bettie Serveert
Pharmacy of Love
(Second Motion)
Releasing: 23 March

01 Deny All
02 Semaphore
03 Love Lee
04 Mossie
05 The Pharmacy
06 Souls Travel
07 Calling
08 Change4Me
09 What They Call Love

“Deny All” [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra’s new album Kollaps Tradixionales is a stunner. Today we gave it a 9 with Richard Elliott saying: “More fractured beauty from the Montreal collective. Never let us forget Godspeed, but this is where the sound of Constellation is at now.”

//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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