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by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010

The Innocence Mission
My Room in the Trees
(Badman Recording Co.)
Releasing: 13 July

The veteran dream pop band, who released their debut way back in 1989, offers up their eighth album this July.

01 Rain (Setting Out in the Leaf Boat)
02 The Happy Mondays”
03 God Is Love
04 Gentle the Rain at Home
05 Spring
06 All the Weather”
07 Rhode Island”
08 North American Field Song
09 Mile-Marker”
10 The Leaves Lift High”
11 I’d Follow If I Could”
12 The Melendys Go Abroad”
13 Shout for Joy”

by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010

Indie favorites the Antlers offer up their live take on the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here” as the latest entry in the AV Club Undercover series. The band picked the tune because Peter Silberman says it’s the first song he learned on guitar. It’s a pretty faithful version… the original is better by a long shot as Silberman’s voice struggles at times to match the vocal intensity of Pink Floyd’s take.

by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010

With their first album in 20 years, proto new-wavers Devo are hitting the promo circuit hard and stopping by to play for the equally geeky Stephen Colbert is just too perfect.

by John Garratt

17 Jun 2010

Even though the Boo Radleys all went home some years ago and the name Brave Captain seems to be retired permanently, that doesn’t mean that Britpop stalwart Martin Carr hasn’t slowed down. Hot off the heels of his first proper “solo” album, Ye Gods and Little Fishes, Carr still regularly writes and records songs relegated to being online MP3s only. He’s no stranger to digital distribution—under his Brave Captain moniker, he released the entire album Distractions for free.

“Parliament of Owls” is his latest foray, seven minutes of psychedelics that doesn’t get too tie-dyed on you.

by L.B. Jeffries

16 Jun 2010

Radiohead’s track ‘Videotapes’ off In Rainbows is a bittersweet love song. It begins with the reflection that the memory of a perfect day will be playing at ‘the pearly gates’, only to be broken by the thought that Mephistopheles will be along to drag the singer down to Hell. The rest of the song repeats that image of perfection spoiled in various ways, a perfect day reduced to footage is just a series of colors (red, blue, green) or losing control of the images as they get plastered onto tape. Yet the necessity of the videotape is still there, “I can’t do it face to face”. The song ends on the note that only seeing the memory of the perfect day will have to be enough.

Finding an image to accompany that is obviously a bit tricky but it came from, of all places, Don Hertzfeldt’s hilarious Rejected Cartoons. The sequence comes up at about 8:16. It’s the scene where Hertzfeldt is destroying his work out of creative frustration and all the characters are trying to escape. The work itself is falling apart because, “Perhaps it was the animator’s creative stagnation in the commercial world, or a deeper loss of individuality therein…the rejected cartoons grew unstable.” While Hertzfeldt is throwing in a dry ‘Fuck You’ to the audience as well as all the commercial cartoon industry by killing all of his strange characters, ultimately it’s still about being frustrated with a medium. In this case these images and characters cannot get out of the cartoon that the creator is destroying because they keep getting rejected. The intensity of seeing those tiny stick figures beating so hard on the screen that they are actually bending the paper compliments the memory in ‘Videotape’ nicely: they are both desperately trying to get out.

This version of the song is from a concert in Boston on June 4th, 2006.

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