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by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2009


The Very Best
The Warm Heart of Africa
(Green Owl)
Releasing: 25 August (digital) / 6 October (physical)

SONG LIST
01 Yalira
02 Chalo
03 Warm Heart of Africa (Featuring Ezra Koenig)
04 Mwazi
05 Nsokoto
06 Angonde
07 Julia
08 Mfumu
09 Ntdende Uli
10 Rain Dance (Featuring M.I.A.)
11 Kamphopo
12 Kada Manja
13 Zam’dziko

The Very Best
“Rain Dance” [MP3]
     

“Warm Heart of Africa” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2009


Orenda Fink
Ask the Night
(Saddle Creek)
Releasing: 6 October

Orenda Fink, one part of Azure Ray, releases her second solo album this fall. Ask the Night features many collaborations with others in the indie world, including Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Dan McCarthy (McCarthy Trenching), and Adrianne Verhoeven (Art in Manila).

SONG LIST
01 Why Is the Night Sad
02 High Ground
03 Sister
04 That Certain-Something Spring
05 The Garden
06 Wind
07 Alabama
08 The Mural
09 Half-Light
10 The Moon Knows

Orenda Fink
“High Ground” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2009


Times New Viking
Born Again Revisited
(Matador)
Releasing: 22 September

SONG LIST
01 Martin Luther King Day
02 I Smell Bubblegum
03 City on Drugs
04 Born Again Revisited
05 Little World
06 No Time, No Hope
07 Half Day in Hell
08 Something Moore
09 2/11 Don’t Forget
10 These Days
11 (No) Sympathy
12 High Holidays
13 Hustler, Psycho, Son
14 Move to California
15 Take the Piss

Times New Viking
“No Time, No Hope” [MP3]
     

“Move to California” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2009


Slaraffenland
We’re on Your Side
(Hometapes)
Releasing: 15 September 2009 (US)

SONG LIST
01 Long Gone
02 Meet and Greet
03 Too Late to Think
04 Stars and Smiles
05 The Right Place
06 Hunting
07 Falling Out
08 Postcard
09 Open Your Eyes
10 Away

Slaraffenland
Meet and Greet [MP3]
     

“Open Your Eyes” [MP3]
     

by Katharine Wray

26 Aug 2009


HBO’s True Blood’s opening credits do a bang-up job of setting the tone for the show. With images of naughtiness happening in nature, people and in between, it lets the audience know they’re in a different world with True Blood. Not to mention the song by Jace Everett.

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