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by PopMatters Staff

6 Apr 2009


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]
     

by Sarah Zupko

3 Apr 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]
     

by Alan Ranta

2 Apr 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.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Apr 2009


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.

by Alan Ranta

2 Apr 2009


My brain just exploded. This is from the long-awaited debut album of LA producer Jason Chung (a.k.a. Nosaj Thing). It’ll itch your glitch and hip your hop. Prefuse 73 was great and edIT has his moments, but Nosaj Thing is what’s next. Keep your eyes peeled for Drift on June 9.

Nosaj Thing - “1685/Bach”

Here’s a taste of his first EP.

Nosaj Thing - “Hello Entire”

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