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Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009

Roots musician extraordinaire Tony Trischka has jammed on his banjo with everyone from Pete Seeger to Bela Fleck to Steve Martin. Now Trischka is offering banjo lessons to the world via his new website, School of Banjo. He has made learning the banjo possible wherever and whenever, through over 150 instructional HD videos posted to his website. His approach allows students to develop the craft at their own pace. Students even have the option to send Trischka videos of their playing, and receive actual constructive feedback from Trischka himself. The site also offers networking features for students to post videos of their progress and critique each other’s playing. In regards to his new approach, Trischka stated: “My site’s social networking features make it the perfect environment for worldwide banjo students to share the joy, camaraderie, and history of banjo playing and roots traditions. It’s as if banjo playing is getting a new historical dimension”.



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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009

Glass Ghost
Idol Omen
(Western Vinyl)
Releasing: 27 October


Duo Mike and Elliot have turned Glass Ghost into something more than another hipster band from the New York City scene. After various previous projects, Mike and Elliot have finally found the right formula for their talents in Glass Ghost. The first two singles, “Like a Diamond” and “The Rain” of their new LP Idol Omen offer a lot to the listener; both musically and lyrically. With trancey beats, and bouncing rhythms, this is perfect coffee house music. Supposedly the album’s narrative follows a metamorphosis of the modern business man into….what, exactly?


SONG LIST
01 Time Saving Trick
02 Mechanical Life
03 Divisions
04 The Same
05 Like a Diamond
06 Violence
07 What I’ve Seen
08 Ending


Glass Ghost
“Like a Diamond” [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Vampire Weekend
Contra
(XL)
Releasing: 10 January


Much loved and equally much hated New York “Afro”-indie-popsters are unveiling their sophomore release in the new year, right smack dab in the middle of that early year dead zone for new releases. The band has been playing “White Sky” this year giving fans a preview of the new work, including taking a crack at the tune on the Jimmy Fallon show back in March. You can head over to Stereogum to grab an MP3 of that live track.


SONG LIST
01 Horchata
02 White Sky
03 Holiday
04 California English
05 Taxi Cab
06 Run
07 Cousins
08 Giving Up the Gun
09 Diplomat’s Son
10 I Think Ur a Contra


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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009

Dhani Harrison, son of Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison, appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on Tuesday 8 September, to discuss The Beatles: Rock Band video game.  Harrison, a musician and video game designer, helped develop and create the newest sensation for Beatlemania. He was also responsible for getting Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on board. Wrapping up Tuesday’s show, Conan, along with Tonight Show staff member Aaron Bleyaert, and Tonight Show band member Mark Pender, joined Harrison on Rock Band‘s version of “Birthday”.


The game was officially released on Wednesday, 9 September, along with the complete remastered Beatles catalog. The new digitally remastered albums have been dominating Amazon.com’s best-seller list. The game has been ranking first for Playstation 3, and second in sales for both Wii and XBOX360.



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Monday, Sep 14, 2009

Juliette Lewis is like that woman in the bar who’s gotten into fights (and won) and ain’t no fool to a man’s game. She infuses this feral power into her high octane rock ‘n’ roll, however cheekily hyperbolic it may be. On The Late Late Show, Juliette Lewis talks about her new album Terra Incognita, released this week on The End, and produced by Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez. The interview’s loud vs. louder tone makes for some comedy, but give credit to Ferguson for being one of the few TV interviewers out there who actually lets their guests speak without being patronized or victim to a barrage of verbal assaults. When Lewis describes herself as “a Little Prince in a Mad Max world”, it is incredibly apropos.


Adopting a tundra of Bat for Lashes-like garb with a hard rock edge, Lewis thrusts into a maelstrom of screechy vixen vocals, menacing guitar riffs, a torrent of drums, and eerie romanticism on Terra Incognita. Distinct from her past work with the Licks, lyrics of brazen debauchery are superseded by Lewis’ outcries of despair and longing. In “Noche Sin Fin”, Lewis’ terror in the night ends with declamations of immortality, “I, I, I, I will never die”, and is one of Terra Incognita‘s stronger tracks. Lewis will go on tour for Terra Incognita in the fall, beginning on September 11th in Toronto. Backed by new band, the New Romantiques, Lewis’ performance of Terra Incognita‘s “Fantasy Bar” maxes out her pixie-bizarre card, prancing around like a rock ‘n’ roll Alkonost in midnight blue:



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