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by Tyler Gould

2 Oct 2009


Robyn Hitchcock
I Often Dream of Trains in New York
(Yep Roc)
Releasing: 10 November

This CD/DVD set includes most of Hitchcock’s 1984 album, I Often Dream of Trains (minus “Furry Green Atom Bowl”, plus a few odds and ends), performed live at Symphony Space in New York, of all places. There will be a deluxe package, which folds out into a working phenakistoscope, which is sort of like a one-person zoetrope, which is… maybe Wikipedia can help. He’ll be going on a short U.S. tour this month, check the dates after the jump.

01 Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl (cassette fragment)
02 Nocturne (Prelude)
03 Flavour of Night
04 Cathedral
05 Sounds Great When You’re Dead
06 Uncorrected Personality Traits
07 I Used to Say I Love You
08 Winter Love
09 This Could Be the Day
10 Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus
11 Trams of Old London
12 My Favourite Buildings
13 That’s Fantastic, Mother Church
14 Heart Full of Leaves
15 Autumn Is Your Last Chance
16 I Often Dream Of Trains
17 America
18 Up To Our Nex
19 Goodnight I Say

by Tyler Gould

28 Sep 2009


Efterklang & the Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Performing Parades
(Leaf Label)
Releasing: 20 October

Performing Parades will be released with the 55-minute live concert film, a behind the scenes documentary, video clips for six songs from Parades as well as the video for “Mirador”. Check out videos for “Caravan” and “Cutting Ice to Snow” below; they’re bizarre and delightful, and the image of the band playing and marching among the orchestra, outnumbered and battling with bigger sounds, is quite the spectacle.

SONG LIST
01 Polygene
02 Mirador
03 Him Poe Poe
04 Horseback Tenors
05 Mimeo
06 Frida Found a Friend
07 Maison de Reflexion
08 Blowing Lungs Like Bubbles
09 Caravan
10 Illuminant
11 Cutting Ice to Snow

by Allison Taich

28 Sep 2009


In 1984, the Talking Heads’ release of Stop Making Sense floored critics and fans alike, securing a place in music history as one of the greatest documentaries and performances captured on film. Pauline Kael of The New Yorker described it as “a dose of happiness from beginning to end.” Now, 25 years later, the film is being re-released on Blu-ray by Palm Pictures, on October 13th.

The film was directed by Jonathan Demme, and filmed over a period of three separate performances at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, in December of 1983. As the concert progresses, the complexity of the music and presentation grows. There are few cutaways and no interviews; the audience doesn’t even appear until the end. The film is focused around the music and the eccentric talents that created it.

Its 1999 DVD release included an audio commentary with Demme and all four band members, David Byrne’s storyboards and notes, bonus songs, Byrne’s self-interview video, text notes and the film’s trailer. The Blu-ray features the same extras as the DVD, plus a never-before-seen, hour-long press conference with the full band, filmed in 1999 at the film’s theatrical re-release.

With an enhanced visual and audio experience, Stop Making Sense is sure to inspire you to throw on an over-sized suit and frantically dance about.

by Faye Rasmussen

24 Sep 2009


R.E.M.
Live At The Olympia
(Warner Bros.)

Vincent Moon and Jeremiah’s trailer for This is Not a Show, the bonus DVD to R.E.M.‘s Live at the Olympia, is now available for your viewing pleasure. The duo, who previously worked with R.E.M. on Ninetynights and the “Supernatural Superserious” video, filmed the bands working rehearsals at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre where they tried out new songs for their 2008 studio album, Accelerate

R.E.M.‘s Live At The Olympia is a two-CD set featuring 39 songs from their 2007 shows in Dublin, Ireland, where they tested new material over five nights before passionate capacity crowds. The CDs give fans the opportunity to hear those songs in their raw, experimental form, before being recorded in the studio setting, along with 29 other career-spanning songs.

The CD/DVD combo is to be released on October 27. 

REM Live at the Olympia in Dublin Trailer


by Eleanore Catolico

22 Sep 2009


TIME WARP!!!  Dance your cares away with Gobo, Mokey, Red, Wembley and Boober when Fraggle Rock‘s fourth and final season comes out on DVD November 3rd. Envisioned in the mind of Jim Henson, creator of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock debuted on January 10, 1983, broadcast in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It soon became an international phenomenon, with the “Fraggle Rock Theme” reaching number thirty-three on the British charts. Of all Henson’s series Fraggle Rock was the most conceptually rich, with Gorgs, Doozers, and the Silly Creatures of Outer Space all comprising the family-friendly syndicate. The magical world of Fraggle Rock will enchant anyone who is a kid at heart. Here’s Fraggle Rock‘s version of “We Are the World,” with “Children of Tomorrow” (queue warm, fuzzy feelings):

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