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Monday, Aug 24, 2009

L.A. based Fitz & the Tantrums have had a very productive 2009. It started with Fitz purchasing an old church organ at his ex’s suggestion, then by night’s end, the first single, “Breakin’ the Chains of Love”, was written.


Fast forward to a new record contract with Future Sounds, the August 11th release of a five song EP, Songs For a Break-Up, Vol.1 (which was all recorded in Fitz’ living room), and now a 13-stop west coast tour with Flogging Molly, and you’ve just defined the word “productivity”.


Fitz moved to L.A. from France as a child, and brought some European flair with him. Songs for a Break-Up, Vol.1 has not only the muse church organ, but has layered in a background of horns, female vocals and a Motown-meets Gnarls Barley-meets the Black Keys sound that is both original and organic. Fitz & the Tantrums may be a Future Sounds’ recording artist, but they’re definitely using some retro sounds to their appeal.


Check out their upcoming tour after the jump, as well as their new single “Winds of Change”.



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Thursday, Aug 20, 2009

Canada’s Spiral Beach has a unique performance style, putting on wildly interactive shows where the band kicks up their heels with the audience and even are known to cook for the crowd on occasion. These events routinely last until dawn. Now that is Concerts 2.0. Spiral Beach’s new album (The Only Really Thing) hits U.S. shores on 22 September and you can get a sense of their poppy sonic mayhem on this live video for “Domino” that we are premiering today. It’s one of the highlights of the new record. Full release details and an MP3 of the tune are below the jump.



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Thursday, Aug 20, 2009

PopMatters’ Christian John Wikane talks about his massive project documenting the history of Casablanca Records that is running this week.



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Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Do Make Say Think
Other Truths
(Constellation)
Releasing: 20 October


The Toronto group’s sixth album may look like an EP from the song list below, but this is most decidedly a full-length. These songs are quite lengthy and developed, three of them being over 10 minutes each. Hence, there’s no free MP3 of a single song on offer here, but Constellation is offering a mix sampler for your listening pleasure.


SONG LIST
01 Do
02 Make
03 Say
04 Think


Do Make Say Think
Other Truths album sampler mix [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Andrew WK
55 Cadillac
(Skyscraper Music Maker/Ecstatic Peace)
Releasing: 7 September (UK) / 8 September (everywhere)


Hmm… the rocker makes a record of solo piano tunes and he says he wants them to sound like songs he’d be playing in a car. There’s a video to try to explain this. But then he is a classically trained musician, so perhaps he’ll pull it off in the end.


SONG LIST
01 Begin the Engine
02 Seeing the Car
03 Night Driver
04 Central Park Cruiser
05 5
06 City Time
07 Car Nightmare
08 Cadillac



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