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Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

They Might Be Giants
Here Comes Science
(Idlewild/Disney Sound)
Releasing: 1 September (iTunes/Amazon) / 22 September (physical)


SONG LIST
Disc: 1
01 Science Is Real
02 Meet the Elements
03 I Am a Paleontologist w/Danny Weinkauf
04 The Bloodmobile
05 Electric Car w/Robin Goldwasser
06 My Brother the Ape
07 What Is a Shooting Star?
08 How Many Planets?
09 Why Does the Sun Shine?
10 Why Does the Sun Really Shine?
11 Roy G. Biv
12 Put It to the Test
13 Photosynthesis
14 Cells
15 Speed and Velocity w/Marty Beller
16 Computer Assisted Design
17 Solid Liquid Gas
18 Here Comes Science Bonus Track
19 The Ballad of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space)


Disc: 2
01 Science Is Real [video content]
02 Meet the Elements [video content]
03 I Am a Paleontologist w/Danny Weinkauf [video content]
04 The Bloodmobile [video content]
05 Electric Car w/Robin Goldwasser [video content]
06 My Brother the Ape [video content]
07 What Is a Shooting Star? [video content]
08 How Many Planets? [video content]
09 Why Does the Sun Shine? [video content]
10 Why Does the Sun Really Shine? [video content]
11 Roy G. Biv [video content]
12 Put It to the Test [video content]
13 Photosynthesis [video content]
14 Cells [video content]
15 Speed and Velocity w/Marty Beller [video content]
16 Computer Assisted Design [video content]
17 Solid Liquid Gas [video content]
18 Here Comes Science [video content] Bonus Track
19 The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space) [video content]


They Might Be Giants
I am a Paleontologist [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures have sparked mystery and intrigue amongst music fans and critics alike. The line-up consists of John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), and Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age). First hinted at in 2005 to Mojo , Them Crooked Vultures officially surfaced this month in front of fortunate fans in Chicago and Amsterdam. Details regarding upcoming shows, appearances, sound, and album release have been scarce. While a handful of fans have experienced the rock phenomenon in the flesh, the rest of us must patiently follow the clues and await the public debut.



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Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009
Chicago hip-hop R&B singer/rapper/writer Nikki Lynette gives her last home performance before she relocates to New York City.

Nikki Lynette, a fresh faced hip-hop ingenue, has become something of a fixture on the independent Chicago hip-hop scene in recent years. Whether modeling along with her backup singers, singing a commercial jingle, writing lyrics for rap artists or interviewing people such as reggae master Sean Paul, she has her hands in all aspects of the entertainment medium. Her songs can be found on sites like MySpace, as well as through her own website.


Her sounds are reminiscent of the artists that she calls her musical inspirations: OutKast, Lauryn Hill, Prince and Queen. As a result, much of her music is energetic, lively and designed to make your hips move to the beat and has a signature all its own. She breathes life and fun into her music, which can best be called hip-hop punk.


She is a Chicago native and will be performing one last time at the Cubby Bear on August 27th before she relocates to New York City to record a full length studio album.


Cubby Bear is located at 1059 W. Addison Street in Chicago. Doors open at 9:30pm and there is no cover. You must be 21 and up for entry.


Here is a sample of what you will hear at the show, which SHOULD NOT be missed.



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Monday, Aug 24, 2009

Lou Barlow
Goodnight Unknown
(Merge)
Releasing: 6 October (US)


Lou Barlow (of Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr.) will be releasing his new solo album, Goodnight Unknown, on October 6, and to commemorate the occasion, Merge Records released this documentary on the making of the record. It’s 30 minutes of pretty rare insight into the man’s creative process, at times brooding, manic, obnoxious, euphoric—regardless of the outcome, his personal investment is indisputable. Shorter behind-the-scenes installments will be up in the coming weeks.


Barlow will be touring with Dinosaur Jr. this fall and performing an opening set of his solo material, backed by Mike Watt-backers the Missingmen. Tour dates after the jump.


SONG LIST
01 Sharing
02 Goodnight Unknown
03 Too Much Freedom
04 Faith in Your Heartbeat
05 The One I Call
06 The Right
07 Gravitate
08 I’m Thinking…
09 One Machine, One Long Fight
10 Praise
11 Take Advantage
12 Modesty
13 Don’t Apologize
14 One Note Tone


Lou Barlow
“Gravitate” [MP3]
     



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Monday, Aug 24, 2009

Lead singer Thom Yorke recently stated in an interview that Radiohead would not be releasing a new album anytime in the near future. While this unfortunate fact has not changed, it has not prevented another new song, “These Are My Twisted Words”, from being leaked to the public last week.


This five-and-a-half-minute track opens with three minutes of ominous instrumental krautrock and is the most recent in a long line of unconventionally beautiful songs for which Radiohead is renowned for. You can decide for yourself, however, as it is currently available via free download on the band’s website.



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