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Friday, Oct 2, 2009

If I were a sentient scarecrow and I were so ineffective that crows had no qualms about perching on my shoulders, I would probably be knotted with anguish and existential despair. The delightful Maxwell Sorensen-directed video for the title track from These United States’ Everything Touches Everything depicts a more devil-may-care farm appliance, who chooses instead to throw caution to the wind and rock out with his sworn avian nemeses. The song is big, both in its chunky, delicious chords, its finger-mashing treatment of the piano, and its unbridled enthusiasm, as the band sings, “it is breathtaking just to be here”. The video could not be more fun. It just couldn’t.


But wait, there’s more! These United States have just announced a bunch of tour dates with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, which you can find after the jump.



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Friday, Oct 2, 2009

Built to Spill have already given us a sample of their upcoming album, There Is No Enemy, but now they’ve made the whole dang thing available on their MySpace. The real deal will hit stores on October 6th.


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Friday, Oct 2, 2009

Here’s John Darnielle playing the final track on his upcoming album, “The Life of the World to Come”, which comes out this Tuesday.



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Friday, Oct 2, 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



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Friday, Oct 2, 2009

The Black Lips have released their fourth video from 200 Million Thousand, titled “Let It Grow”.  The band chose director Matt Dilmore to film the video using the Vidster, a late ‘90s toy camera, to create a unique effect incomparable in resolution to today’s hi-def standards. 

To follow up on their summer festival appearances at NXNE, Athfest, Pitchfork, and the Capitol Hill Block Party, the Black Lips have planned a fall tour at select cities:


TOUR DATES
10/09/09 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10/17/09 Portland, OR @ Scion Garage Fest
10/28/09 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
10/29/09 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
10/30/09 Memphis, TN @ Young Ave Deli
10/31/09 New Orleans, LA @Voodoo Experience



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