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by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010


Broken Social Scene played “Texico Bitches” on Jimmy Fallon, a tune that Evan Sawdey described as “joyously disposable”. Here’s what else he said about the song last month in his review of the Toronto band’s latest full-length Forgiveness Rock Record:

“Even on something as joyously disposable as ‘Texico Bitches’, Kevin Drew’s vulgar slang soon turns into a near plea for the Texico Bitches to stick around out of a fear of lonliness, the only line in the chorus being ‘I want to be fair’. The song is still catchy as all get-out, but the more time spent with these lyrics only shows just how dour Drew’s outlook can be. Marrying strangely dark lyrics to infectious harmonies is nothing new in pop music, but as is often the case, we get lost in tension between these opposing ends.”

by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010


Acoustics are really good inside of a car. All you wannabe pop stars belting out tunes in your four-wheeled transport on the way to work know what I’m talking about. British blue-eyed soulman, Jamie Lidell, just kills it on “The Ring” in a smoldering and echoey (thanks to the car’s acoustics) performance for the Black Cab Sessions.

by John Garratt

17 Jun 2010


Not long ago, I had the opportunity to review the latest album by Columbus, Ohio’s sitcom-core star Electric Grandmother called Listening Party. If you’re scratching your head wondering what in the hell sitcom-core could mean, prepare to have all questions answered.

Behold, the Grandmother’s label Infinite Number of Sounds has all of the artist’s albums available for free download from their website, even the early ones that I thought I’d never get to hear. The Electric Grandmother seems to understand that the meat and potatoes of his art lie in his live shows (just witness the clip below), so offering up this much music for free must be a way to at least get one’s feet wet…until the day you get to see traffic cones and ballons kicked around the room of a small club in front of a backdrop of slides that include, among other things, Bob Saget flipping you off.

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by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010


The Innocence Mission
My Room in the Trees
(Badman Recording Co.)
Releasing: 13 July

The veteran dream pop band, who released their debut way back in 1989, offers up their eighth album this July.

SONG LIST
01 Rain (Setting Out in the Leaf Boat)
02 The Happy Mondays”
03 God Is Love
04 Gentle the Rain at Home
05 Spring
06 All the Weather”
07 Rhode Island”
08 North American Field Song
09 Mile-Marker”
10 The Leaves Lift High”
11 I’d Follow If I Could”
12 The Melendys Go Abroad”
13 Shout for Joy”

by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010


Indie favorites the Antlers offer up their live take on the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here” as the latest entry in the AV Club Undercover series. The band picked the tune because Peter Silberman says it’s the first song he learned on guitar. It’s a pretty faithful version… the original is better by a long shot as Silberman’s voice struggles at times to match the vocal intensity of Pink Floyd’s take.

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