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by Arnold Pan

10 Jan 2011


PJ Harvey
Let England Shake
(Vagrant/Island)
Releasing: 15 February

It’s pretty much a major cultural event every time PJ Harvey releases a new album. One good reason for that is that you never know quite what to expect from her, since the inimitable Harvey seems to reinvent herself with each album even as she stays true to her unshakable and unique musical vision. Two leaked tracks from Polly Jean’s upcoming album Let England Shake—“The Last Living Rose” and “Written on the Forehead”—seem to find her in a more contemplative mood, though the music seems as stirring as ever.

SONG LIST
01 Let England Shake
02 The Last Living Rose
03 The Glorious Land
04 The Words That Maketh Murder
05 All and Everyone
06 On Battleship Hill
07 England
08 In the Dark Places
09 Bitter Branches
10 Hanging in the Wire
11 Written on the Forehead
12 The Colour of the Earth

by Eric Allen Been

7 Jan 2011


Last month, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy chatted with critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot on their rock and roll radio show Sound Opinions. During the near hour-long conversation, the frontman/producer dished about, among other things, being a middle-aged artist in the music business, his love for the guitar work on the B-52’s “Rock Lobster” and the positive effects of gentrification on New York City. He also does an amusing impersonation of the guys from Daft Punk. The fantastic interview is essential viewing for fans of Murphy and his band.

by Timothy Gabriele

7 Jan 2011


The song is about as lo-fi as they come. When I first heard it, I thought I’d stumbled across some suburban high school student’s MP3.com page. Yet, there’s something oddly hypnotic about it as well. Little surprise that it comes from a release on hypnagogic label Hippo in Tanks, who’ve also put out music by GAMES, Laurel Halo, and White Car. The video is about as overtly political as any hypnagogic all-star has gotten, merging footage from the Afghan war with promo video fluff and Playstation killing games. Oh, and awkward YouTube dancing girls. Enjoy.

by Stephen Rowland

6 Jan 2011


Country music legend George Jones was hospitalized in Nashville on Wednesday, after a routine checkup.

Specifics are vague, but the doctors wanted to “monitor” him overnight, and Jones should be released Thursday, 6 January. “No Show” Jones (sorry, George!) lamented in a joking fashion that he wanted to stay in the hospital longer, so he didn’t have to drive back home in the cold weather that is ravaging the Nashville area currently.

The 79-year-old Jones has quite a history with alcohol, but this hospitalization seems fairly innocuous.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

by Eric Allen Been

5 Jan 2011


Almost a decade after the Dirtbombs released their collection of reinterpretations of golden-era soul and funk songs called Ultraglide in Black, the Detroit-based garage rockers are set to let loose a follow up to the covers compilation. This time around the quintet will be paying homage to early Detroit techno classics on an album entitled Party Store

The Dirtbombs tackle on the nine-track full-length the three major pioneers of Detroit dance music, covering Juan Atkins and his Cybotron electro releases “Alleys of Your Mind” and “Cosmic Cars”, Derrick May’s seminal Rhythim is Rhythim track “Strings of Life” and Kevin Saunderson’s crossover anthem (recorded by his group Inner City) “Good Life”. In addition, they offer up a tribute to Detroit’s first techno record, A Number of Name’s 1981 future-disco classic “Sharevari”, and Carl Craig’s future-jazz techno cut “Bug in the Bassbin” (Craig, who released the track under his alias Innerzone Orchestra, plays modular synth on the 21-minute cover).   

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