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Monday, Sep 14, 2009

There isn’t much that makes sense about UK act Golau Glau (said “Goll Eye Gly”).


For one, they’ve only just formed this summer, and they’re already on to some seriously next level experimentation. Secondly, they’ve taken a fairly pristine track from techno ambient masters worriedaboutsatan and added a whole slew of Scuba-like atmospherics and clobbering sub-bass to it. Sheesh.


Finally, I’m unable to effectively communicate why I like “Heartland Half Seizure”, which is available here for free at new net label Odd Net. Spiraling glassy synths, half-time dubby beats, and randomly doubled female vocals seemingly concerning a 1930s-era anti-fascist riot in a Welsh coastal town—actually, it’s all quite nice. Golau Glau’s Last.fm profile also offers “Heartland Half Seizure” (and many more songs) for free download.


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Monday, Sep 14, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Estella Hung isn’t too keen on Muse’s new album The Resistance, but she did like the lead track, which the band played last night on the VMAs. “‘Uprising’, easily the best track on the album, is a terrific hacking away at the theme from Dr Who by a Glitter stomp powered by quasars galore. Like the faintly Beck-like ‘Supermassive Black Holes’ on Blackholes and Revelations, it’s the album’s one pleasant surprise.”



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Monday, Sep 14, 2009

Here’s a bespectacled Luke LaLonde of Born Ruffians sitting at a bar with an acoustic guitar, playing Bruce Springsteen’s steamy 1985 single, “I’m on Fire”. LaLonde, with his mild mannerisms and bipolar vocals, is plaintive where Springsteen is assertive. The original version is insistent, as though the Boss doth protest too much, and this cover almost seems to lament his entranced desire. Check out the video below.



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Sunday, Sep 13, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Thao With the Get Down Stay Down
Know Better Learn Faster
(Kill Rock Stars)
Releasing: 13 October


Thao teams with the Get Down Stay Down on her follow-up to the critically acclaimed We Brave Bee Stings and All. Tucker Martine, producer for the Decemberists, Bill Frisell, and Spoon, mans the control mans the control booth and members of Blitzen Trapper and Horse Feathers take guest turns on the recording along with Andrew Bird and Laura Veirs.


SONG LIST
01 The Clap
02 Cool Yourself
03 When We Swam
04 Know Better Learn Faster
05 Body
06 The Give
07 Good Bye Good Luck
08 Trouble Was For
09 Oh No
10 Fixed It!
11 Burn You Up
12 But What of the Strangers
13 Easy


Thao With the Get Down Stay Down
“Know Better Learn Faster” [MP3]
     



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Sunday, Sep 13, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Basement Jaxx
Scars
UK: (XL) US: (Ultra)
Releasing: 21 September (UK) / 22 September (US)


As usual the superb London electronic group is teaming with a batch of stellar guests on their new release. This time look for turns from Santigold, Yoko Ono, Kelis, Amp Fiddler and many more. This is one of the most anticipated records of the year in PopMatters’ quarters.


SONG LIST
01 Scars ft. Kelis, Maleka & Chipmunk
02 Raindrops
03 She’s No Good ft. Eli “Paperboy” Reed
04 Saga ft. Santigold
05 Feelings Gone ft. Sam Sparro
06 My Turn ft. Lightspeed Champion
07 A Possibility ft. Amp Fiddler
08 Twerk ft. Yo Majesty
09 Day of the Sunflowers (We March On) ft. Yoko Ono
10 What’s a Girl Gotta Do? ft. Paloma Faith
11 Stay Close ft. Lisa Kekaula
12 D.I.S.tractionz ft. Jose Hendrix
13 Gimme Somethin’ True ft. Jose James


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“Scars ft. Kelis, Maleka & Chipmunk” [MP3]
     



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