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Saturday, Aug 29, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Ashes Grammar
(Mis Ojos Discos)
Releasing: 15 September (US)


A Sunny Day in Glasgow actually hail from Philadelphia and not across the pond. The shoegazey group formed their own label to release their latest album, dropping in mid-September. We’ve got two sample tracks as well as a video detailing the making of the album.


SONG LIST
01 Magna for Annie, Josh, & Robin
02 Secrets at the Prom
03 Slaughter killing carnage (The Meaning of Words)
04 Failure
05 Curse Words
06 Close Chorus
07 Shy
08 Lights
09 Passionate Introverts (Dinosaurs)
10 West Philly Vocoder
11 Evil, with Evil, Against Evil
12 The White Witch
13 Nitetime Rainbows
14 Canalfish
15 Loudly
16 Blood White
17 Ashes Grammar
18 Ashes Maths

19 Miss My Friends
20 Starting at a Disadvantage
21 Life’s Great
22 Headphone Space


A Sunny Day in Glasgow
“Ashes Grammar / Ashes Maths” [MP3]
     


“Failure” [MP3]
     



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Friday, Aug 28, 2009

Are you tired of your only “performances” of The Ting Tings being dudes at bars screaming “THEY CALL ME STACY!” into beer bottles? Me too.


This can all change when the UK duo comes back to the U.S. in September for a 12-stop tour. Katie White and Jules De Martino will be showcasing their 2008 CD, We Started Nothing by means of an arena circuit over the face of the US (and one stop in Canada too!).


Columbia Records are hosting a fly-away contest for The Ting Ting’s upcoming performance at New York’s acclaimed Madison Square Garden. To enter, simply count the total number of times Katie says “That’s Not My Name” in the video. Everyone who answers correctly is automatically entered to win, with one lucky winner earning two round-trip tickets to New York, one night of hotel accommodations and a pair of tickets to the show.


If you can count, you can win.


TOUR DATES


September
15 Seattle, WA - WAMU Theater
17 San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
18 Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
20 Glendale, AZ -  Jobing.com Arena
23 Dallas, TX -  American Airlines Center
24 Houston, TX - Toyota Center
26 Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
28 Fairfax, VA - The Patriot Center
30 Toronto, ONT - Air Canada Center

October
2 Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
3 Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
5 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden


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Friday, Aug 28, 2009

Your favorite Japanese-all female-banana chip lovin’-pop punk trio is back. With new bassist Ritsuko Taneda added to the lineup, alongside lead/guitar Naoko Yamano and drummer Etsuko Nakanishi, Shonen Knife has released their new album Super Group on Good Charamel Records this past Tuesday, August 25th. On the album’s cover, the ladies look like an amalgamation of Charlie’s Angels and the Powder Puff Girls bordered by neon prism configurations, pretty, all grown up, and in fact, super.


Continuing their oeuvre of childhood fantasia as well as quantifying cute, Shonen Knife keep alive the cheery minimalist instrumentation and lyrics that made Kurt Cobain an admirer of the band in the ‘90s. With beyond adorable verses sung in Naoko’s signature cadence, “The super group is perfect / Masters of rock music / Make fantastic sound / Waiting for the tour / They’re going to come and play in my town” my inner hello kitty anima is reborn. For that matter, whose wouldn’t be?


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Friday, Aug 28, 2009

Her retro style and immovable coiffe may draw Imelda May comparisons to Amy Winehouse, but she eschews the lazy-though-potent soul power of the latter in favor of relentless boogie. Her impish snarl is the highlight of this new video for her rockabilly-by-numbers track, “Johnny Got a Boom Boom”, where she’s backed competently by a blur of pomade and bowling shirts. Occasionally, you’ll see her bang on a traditional Irish drum called a bodhrán, which is buried so deep in the mix as to be totally superficial, but it sure looks fancy.


You can find the song on her 2008 release, Love Tattoo, and you can find Imelda May embarking on her first ever US tour this September. Check out the clip for some rapid camera zooming and very sassy lateral head-bobbing, along with her performance on Later… with Jools Holland



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Thursday, Aug 27, 2009
Revolution number nine (September), number nine (9th), number nine (2009)

After breaking up nearly 40 years ago, the Beatles are still one of the strongest forces in popular music. On 9 September 2009, the Beatles will once again woo fans and critics alike, with the much anticipated releases of The Beatles: Rock Band, and more importantly the digitally remastered catalog.


The complete remastered series includes:


Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles for Sale
Help!
Rubber Soul
Revolver
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (The White Album)
Abbey Road
Let It Be
Past Masters
Yellow Submarine



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