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Thursday, Feb 12, 2009

Philly buzz band TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb just released their debut EP, Hinterlands, on local label Roustabout Records. It lands somewhere between The Basement Tapes and Anodyne, with a ragged, lo-fi aesthetic and lyrics drenched in heartbreak and whiskey. Apparently, the group has been winning fans by busking in the city’s subway stations, and they’ve got the kind of grit and wit you’d expect from such hardscrabble gigging. “Making Up for Lost Time” recalls Dylan’s “Cold Irons Bound”, with all the paranoia and even more dirty-blues stomp, while “The Trail of a Lonesome Hobo” sounds like Beggars Banquet or Exile on Main Street-era Stones, sporting a killer banjo lick to boot.


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Thursday, Feb 12, 2009
Remember "Throw Some D's"?

Don’t call it a comeback, because it’s not. But, every once in a while Rich Boy drops a single that makes me hope he will at some point relive “Throw Some Ds”.
He came close last year with “Haters Wish”, and now he’s released a more hard hitting track.  It’s not his best work and it’s rougher than the adult contemporary synths of his past songs (not necessarily a good thing), but it does feature some nice soft piano lines under the threats and brags.  Rich Boy’s drawl makes just about anything he says sound good, even if it’s the tired themes of: haters, women, rims and cars.



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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009

“Tomorrow” is the latest video off Ladytron‘s excellent 2008 release, Velocifero. It’s full of faded hues and slightly surreal and but resolutely fantastical imagery. The women look rather like hippie Rhinemaidens in a Wagnerian opera on acid.



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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The Thermals’ last proper full album release, The Body, the Blood, the Machine, was pretty highly though of around these parts. Michael Keefe gave it an 8 and it landed on our best albums of the year list, with Joe Tacopino calling it “Hutch Harris’s Orwellian allegory, sort of like 1984 set against a backdrop of ultra catchy power-pop hooks and a rollicking rhythm section punctuated by the buoyant bass lines of Kathy Foster.”


They’ve since left Sub Pop Records and have a new release, Now We Can See, dropping April 7th on Kill Rock Stars. Ultra poppy and yet biting, “Now We Can See” is the first single.


The Thermals
“Now We Can See” [MP3]
     


Track listing:
01. When I Died
02. We Were Sick
03. I Let It Go
04. Now We Can See
05. At the Bottom of the Sea
06. When We Were Alive
07. I Called Out Your Name
08. When I Was Afraid
09. Liquid In, Liquid Out
10. How We Fade
11. You Dissolve


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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Mehan Jayasuriya raved about Crystal Antlers debut EP last year giving it an 8 and described the California band as “a punk band only in the loosest sense of that term; the band often plays loud, hard and fast, though its songs incorporate elements from such disparate genres as psych, garage, and prog. They’ve got a killer rhythm section that figures prominently in the mix, they’re not afraid to solo or wander off on psychedelic tangents, their vocalist alternates between a hoarse scream and a bluesy wail and when they rock out—which is often—they fire on all cylinders.”


Their full length, Tentacles, releases on Touch and Go on April 7th in North America and April 6th in the UK. They recently stopped by Fuel TV to play for The Daily Habit.


 


Crystal Antlers - “Andrew”


Crystal Antlers - “Until the Sun Dies Part Two”


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