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by PopMatters Staff

12 Jan 2010

These New Puritans

Releasing: 18 January (UK), 2 March (US)

Britain’s These New Puritans released a stellar debut two years ago in Beat Pyramid, a record we deemed an 8 and Chris Baynes called an “idiosyncratic, swaggering, and intellectual album, but more importantly for the listener, a damn exciting and original one too.” The group follows with their sophomore effort Hidden this month in the UK, March in the US. The first single, the cerebral and atmospheric “We Want War”, bodes well for the overall quality of the new effort.

01 Time Xone
02 We Want War
03 Three Thousand
04 Hologram
05 Attack Music
06 Fire–Power
07 Orion
08 Canticle
09 Drum Courts–Where Corals Lie
10 White Chords
11 5

by Tyler Gould

11 Jan 2010

Despite the ill will I harbor for MTV as a whole, I have nothing but good feelings about MTV Unplugged. Of course, that’s probably because the Nirvana performance sticks out in my mind far more than Korn’s appearance on the show. Selective memory is a beautiful thing. Vampire Weekend recently brought their jaunty tunes to the Unplugged stage. Check out the full performance at MTV if you like what you hear from “Cousins” below.

by Tyler Gould

11 Jan 2010

The Dodos made their network television debut on Letterman last Friday, finally getting their friends and family to believe that they’re a real, successful band. The performance has a charming little fish-big pond feel to it, exactly the kind that makes me wonder how Letterman feels watching the band. Does he spend the whole time spinning a pen on his thumb? Is he initially dismissive but slowly persuaded that “hey, these kids can play”? Something tells me that Paul’s probably paying more attention.

by Andrew Martin

8 Jan 2010

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime team up with Rapper Big Pooh and M.E.D. for the wheezy, smoky “Endure”, which stumbles only because of its whiny beat. Otherwise, the production remains moody and atmospheric as Big Pooh and M.E.D. deliver solid guest verses. This track is off SomeOthaShip, Georgia and Declaime’s upcoming album that is due out digitally Feb. 16 and in retail stores Feb. 23.

Endure [MP3]

by Tyler Gould

8 Jan 2010

The Besnard Lakes
The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Releasing: 9 March

“Albatross”, the new single from the upcoming The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night LP, doesn’t have nearly as depressing a sound as the title would make you think. The effect of its dreamy vocals and elongated instrumentation is actually borderline uplifting; if the Ancient Mariner had this on his iPod, he might have been cool with his mates dying off one by one with cursed looks in their eyes. Two Canadian and many European tour dates are below the jump.

01 Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent; Pt 1: The Ocean
02 Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent; Pt 2: The Innocent
03 Chicago Train
04 Albatross
05 Glass Printer
06 Land of Living Skies; Pt 1: The Land
07 Land of Living Skies; Pt 2: The Living Skies
08 And This is What We Call Progress
09 Light Up The Night
10 The Lonely Moan

Albatross [MP3]

//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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