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by Tyler Gould

5 Oct 2009


Lowell Brams
Music for Insomnia
(Asthmatic Kitty)
Releasing: 8 December

Sufjan Stevens has been busy lately, debuting new music and giving old projects a resplendent release, and here he is again as a guest on this album by his stepfather and co-founder of Asthmatic Kitty, Lowell Brams. Music for Insomnia also features Bryce Dessner of the National, and is part of a whole new series of background music.

01 Chattering Garden Trolls
02 Alpha to Theta
03 Short Circadian Partita
04 Hypnagogic Hallucination
05 Melatonin Lullaby
06 Horse Spindles
07 Dream About Vince Guaraldi
08 A Cross Section of Clown Mountain

Lowell Brams
Alpha to Theta [MP3]
     

by Sarah Zupko

5 Oct 2009


London’s the xx played Jools Holland’s show last week in advance of their US release of xx. The buzz is building on this young group of 20-year-olds who traffic in a minimal form of pop that’s unusually mature for their tender age. Look for a PopMatters review later this week.

by Ashley Cooper

5 Oct 2009


This Is It is the culmination of hours of footage from the late Michael Jackson’s final tour, appropriately named “This Is It”. The series of concerts was made up of fifty shows, all set to take place at the O2 Arena in London, from the end of 2009 into 2010.

Made up of rehearsal footage, interviews, dance sequences, and other special effects that only concert attendees would have witnessed, This Is It promises Michael Jackson fans all across the globe one final chance to see the Gloved One perform some of his most well-known and respected music.

This Is It premieres in theaters worldwide on October 28th, and will only be shown for two weeks.

by Tyler Gould

2 Oct 2009


If I were a sentient scarecrow and I were so ineffective that crows had no qualms about perching on my shoulders, I would probably be knotted with anguish and existential despair. The delightful Maxwell Sorensen-directed video for the title track from These United States’ Everything Touches Everything depicts a more devil-may-care farm appliance, who chooses instead to throw caution to the wind and rock out with his sworn avian nemeses. The song is big, both in its chunky, delicious chords, its finger-mashing treatment of the piano, and its unbridled enthusiasm, as the band sings, “it is breathtaking just to be here”. The video could not be more fun. It just couldn’t.

But wait, there’s more! These United States have just announced a bunch of tour dates with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, which you can find after the jump.

by Tyler Gould

2 Oct 2009


Built to Spill have already given us a sample of their upcoming album, There Is No Enemy, but now they’ve made the whole dang thing available on their MySpace. The real deal will hit stores on October 6th.

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