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Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009

The Dukes of Stratosphear was a side-project of XTC in the mid-‘80s meant to pay tribute to the ‘60s psych pop of their youth. Andy Partridge’s Ape House label is re-releasing the two Dukes albums 25 O’Clock (1985) and Psonic Psunspot (1987) on April 21st and they’ll come with copious liner notes and a host of musical extras. Sample a few songs and videos until then.


XTC as the Dukes of Stratosphear
“My Love Explodes” [MP3]
     


“Brainiac’s Daughter” [MP3]
     



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Monday, Apr 6, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

French band Phoenix releases their latest album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix on May 26th. That’s still a good way off, yet they are already hitting the U.S. promotional rounds, stopping by Saturday Night Live this weekend to play “Lisztomania”, the lead-off song from the upcoming record. You can also download track two, “1901”.


Phoenix
“1901” [MP3]
     



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Friday, Apr 3, 2009

Cryptacize release their second album, Mythomania, on April 21st. The trio is Nedelle Torrisi, Chris Cohen of The Curtains/ex-Deerhoof, along with Michael Carreira. The spare, jagged rhythmic tunes nearly evoke a ‘60s girl pop band in a mid-‘80s post-punk setting and yet sound thoroughly contemporary and new.


Cryptacize
“Blue Tears” [MP3]
     


“One Block Wonders” [MP3]
     


“Mini-Mythomania (Edited by C Spencer Yeh)” [MP3]
     


“Tail & Mane” [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Apr 2, 2009

From Mike Newmark’s review here at PopMatters: “Graf opens auspiciously, with some quavering notes and a funky, propulsive beat, but it quickly becomes clear that St. Werner [of Mouse on Mars] doesn’t have melody in mind; soon, he’s treating the tuneful elements as he would a blast of noise or a floating piece of digital waste.”


Oh, well… sounds good to me, anyway.  Maybe the video helps.



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Thursday, Apr 2, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The new video, “Down by the Fall Line”, from Arbouretum’s Song of the Pearl was directed by Joseph Cashiola and it’s a somber black and white affair that suits these recessionary times.



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