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Sunday, Sep 6, 2009

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II will be the fourth solo album from Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon. It is the anticipated sequel to the 1995 album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and will be released on September 8th, 2009.


The album was initially announced in 2005, and was completed in 2006. It was not released as of 2007, and was named the “#6 Most Anticipated Album of 2007” by XXL Magazine. Despite all the hype surrounding it, the album kept getting pushed back and release date changes were made. Due to a new contract Raekwon signed with Dr. Dre’s record label, Aftermath Entertainment, distribution concerns also impeded the album’s release to the public. Despite all the fuss and concern, the album was revamped and is now finally set for release.


The first single “New Wu” (originally named “Wu Ooh”), has been getting playback on New York station Hot 97, and the video, which can be seen below, was released exclusively online. The album features all of Wu-Tang Clan except for U-God, and also Cappadonna, Poppa Wu, Blue Raspberry and Suga Bang Bang. Other guests also Busta Rhymes, Styles P., Jadakiss and R&B singer Lyfe Jennings.



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Friday, Sep 4, 2009

Club kid ilk everywhere put on those jukin’ shoes because Simian Mobile Disco just announced their US tour dates (after the jump) in the fall to promote their second studio album Temporary Pleausure out now on Wichita Recordings. This is a follow up to 2007’s Attack Decay Sustain Release. Producers Jas Shaw and James Ford of SMD recruited a pantheon of indie stars including Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Telepathe, and Chris Keating of Yeasayer giving vocals to Temporary Pleasure‘s first single, “Audacity of Huge”. Recorded in the band’s East London studio, Temporary Pleasure is an album filled with minimalist house beats and robotic vocal distortion of imperative lore. Unlike the heavy-hitting pump up the volume, pump up the volume, dance! of Justice or the Bloody Beetroots, TP stealthily slithers into your cerebrum. 


The band recently forayed into the avant-garde fusion of technology and aesthetics called “augmented reality” or AR. Conceived by Kate Moross and produced by MagicSymbol, an installation celebrating the release of Temporary Pleasure featured a mixture of both real life and computer generated images all within the SMD cosmos, creating the illusion that virtual things thrive in the corporeal realm.  It’s that art imitating life or life imitating art shtick. Those clever synth-cats.


This ambitious, visual evolution for SMD would translate impeccably to their live show, seizure-inducing lightning fest and all. Pyrotechnics aside, SMD live if done the AR way could be a new kind of ecstatic chaos for the concert-going experience, minus the need of drugs. SMD have already expanded their alignment with the AR endimanche’, by having Kate Moross also direct their music video for “Audacity of Huge”.


As an extension of SMD’s said affinities, “Audacity of Huge” is abound with striking, juxtaposed tableaus of things you’d find off the cover of your old EyeWitness books and convex close ups that make you ask, “What is this, really? or “How does it relate to anything?”, reminiscent of Conan O’Brien’s old Late Night skit “Patterns” where we see a few incongruous pictures, only for them to be united by a more-often-than-not grotesque punch line. Nothing super yucky here, thankfully. There’s also a lot of viscous liquids. Honey? Maple syrup? Maybe molasses? Look out for the boys of SMD at the end of the video making a cameo appearance in what appears to be a limited edition set of UNO cards. I guess that illusionary motif finally comes full circle, huh? Still pretty cool though. Be sure to catch SMD kick off their tour of the States on October 28th in Boston, but for now here’s the video for “Audacity of Huge” and a trippy visual performance of “Synthesise”, full of flashy geometrics:



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Thursday, Sep 3, 2009

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
The Snake
(The Control Group)
Released: 25 August


Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ video for “My Heart” is both colorful and imaginative, matching with the band’s sound. Directed by fellow Swede Sarah Fisk, the animation is as engaging to watch as the song is to hear.


SONG LIST
01 The Island
02 There Is No Light
03 Chain Of Steel
04 So Soft So Pink
05 Places
06 Great Lines
07 Today/Tomorrow
08 Liar Lion
09 Who Ho Ho Ho
10 My Heart



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Thursday, Sep 3, 2009

The Black Crowes made a stop on the “Late Show with David Letterman” two nights ago, to perform their first single “Good Morning Captain” off their new CD, Before the Frost…, which was also released Tuesday. Along with their new CD comes two other added perks: The beginnings of the second and third legs of their 2009 “Stuck Inside Utopia” Tour, and a second album… for the fans.


A second album, titled ...Until the Freeze, will be a free giveaway as a sign of gratitude to fans for their more than 20 years of support. The free CD can be downloaded exclusively through a unique code which is included in the primordial, Before the Frost…. See the tour dates for the last legs of “Stuck Inside Utopia” Tour after the jump.



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Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009

Josh Ottum
Like the Season
(Cheap Lullaby)
Releasing: 20 October


Seattle singer/songwriter Josh Ottum has his debut album Like The Season marked for release on October 20th.


The 12-song album is what Ottum calls a collection of “personal greatest hits”. To help with this, Ottum got together with drummer James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, Richard Swift), multi-instrumentalist Casey Foubert (Pedro the Lion, Sufjan Stevens) and engineer Jon Ervie (Modest Mouse, the Presidents of the United States of America). 


The singer has come far from his childhood aspirations—making instructional golf videos in his backyard and sending promotional photos of staged skateboard moves to famous skateboard companies. Since delving into music, Ottum has toured with the likes of Alexi Murdoch, Stereolab, Cold War Kids, Rosie Thomas, Midlake, the Sea and Cake.


The first single, “It’s Alright” is now available.


SONG LIST
01 It’s Alright
02 The Easy Way Out
03 Who Left the Lights On?
04 Pipe Dreams
05 Freedom is as Thick as a Heart
06 If this Mirror Could Only Talk
07 Having Your Around
08 Like Ourselves
09 My Book
10 Follow Me
11 Heaven the Great Cocoon
12 Do You Really Want to Know?



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