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Thursday, Mar 5, 2009
Psych folk super-duo’s eerie drones

In Babylonian mythology, Anahita is the goddess of water, fertility, healing and wisdom…a powerful symbol of the female life force. In musical terms, Anahita is a new collaboration between Espers cellist Helena Espvall and Fursaxa’s Tara Burke, a fragile, unearthly combination of female life forces that takes shape in floating vocals, plinking strings and Middle Eastern tonalities. The duo’s first record together, recorded primarily on four track and at home, roams an alternate universe, full of haunting harmonies and fleeting glimpses of infinity. The disc, called Matricaria,  is out on Important Records now.


Anahita
“Pirin Planina” [MP3]
     


“Chalice of Cypress” [MP3]
     


“Velvet Shoon” [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Mar 5, 2009

David Wain—the rarely disputed king of absurd comedy—is having a busy month. According to his (always-entertaining) blog, he’s currently shooting new episodes of his series Wainy Days and promoting the March 10 DVD release of Role Models. We live in hope that he’s using the remaining time and energy to expedite the DVD release of The State, which has been held hostage by MTV for well over a decade.



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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2009

Baltimore’s electronic mad man Dan Deacon adds some more traditional orchestral instruments to his usual laptop shenanigans on his new album Bromst. Due out later this month, the album can be streamed now through NPR Music’s First Listen.


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Bromst [stream]


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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2009

Dom Hoare & Andy Gillham’s debut album Sketchbook was easily one of the best albums of 2007. Yet, the Echaskech project received little press outside of the UK due to a lack of distribution. Other than that which is no fault of their own, there is no reason why Booka Shade should be as big as they are and these guys aren’t right along side them. The moving non-album single “Every Touch” came out early last year (complete with the following choice video). From all indications, their next album will be just as good as their premiere.



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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2009
Watchmen Soundtrack Album Cover

My Chemical Romance condenses Bob Dylan’s legendary 11-minute opus into a tidy three minutes of chugging neo-pop/punk with their cover of “Desolation Row”. 


It’s only fitting that MCR’s cover of the Dylan classic should be featured on the soundtrack for the heavily-hyped Watchmen film.  Laying the foundation for much of the now-iconic graphic novel’s action, Alan Moore referenced and quoted from “Desolation Row” in Watchmen‘s original prose.  As Watchmen becomes the latest in a string of comic-based properties to hit the big screen, My Chemical Romance’s cover is a logical link to the intertwining worlds of comics and music slapped onto the film’s soundtrack as lead singer Gerard Way has penned his own critically acclaimed comic, Umbrella Academy—heavily influenced by Moore’s work—since 2007.



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