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Tuesday, Sep 1, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

PopMatters praised Dirty Projector’s latest album, Bitte Orca, this past June and slapped an 8 on the Brooklyn band’s latest opus. Matt Fiander said of album opener and the song the group played last night on Letterman, “Quite a communal statement to start the record, but it sets the tone for an album that does, unsurprisingly, make you work to figure it out, but while you’re doing that you’re also dancing, smiling, even laughing. In other words, you are feeling this music throughout.”



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Tuesday, Sep 1, 2009

Jay-Z
The Blueprint 3
(Roc Nation)
Releasing: 11 September (US) / 14 September (UK)


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Despite his announcing a retirement from rap and hip hop, the superstar also known to his fans as Shawn Carter, Jay-Z has stepped back onto the scene with the upcoming release of The Blueprint 3, which follows the albums, The Blueprint (2001) and The Blueprint II (2002), both receiving warm reviews from critics all across the globe. The Blueprint 3 is set to receive similar accolade, with guest appearances from the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy, Kid Cudi and Rihanna. The first single, D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune), helped to create the massive buzz surrounding the album, and millions of Jay Z fans around the world will rejoice as this album prepares to captivate their ears and appetite for more of their favorite rap artist.


SONG LIST
01 What We Talkin About (feat. Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun
02 Thank You
03 D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
04 Run This Town (feat. Rihanna and Kanye West)
05 Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
06 Real As It Gets (feat. Young Jeezy)
07 On to the Next One (feat. Swizz Beatz)
08 Off That (feat. Drake)
09 A Star is Born (feat. J. Cole)
10 Venus Vs. Mars
11 Already Home (feat. Kid Cudi)
12 Hate (feat. Kanye West)
13 Reminder
14 So Ambitious (feat. Pharrell)
15 Young Forever (feat. Mr Hudson)



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Monday, Aug 31, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

GusGus
24/7
(Kompakt)
Releasing: 14 September (US)


SONG LIST
01 Thin Ice
02 Hateful
03 On the Job
04 Take Me Baby (feat. Jimi Tenor)
05 Bremen Cowboy
06 Add This Song



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Monday, Aug 31, 2009

Pelican
What We All Come to Need
(Southern Lord)
Releasing: 27 October


Chicago instrumental metal outfit Pelican’s fourth full-length, What We All Come to Need is nigh upon us, recorded by Chris Common of These Arms Are Snakes, and featuring guest spots from Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) and Aaron Turner of Isis. The free-to-download track “Strung Up from the Sky” is a persistent, chugging number, stubborn in its course and rhythm, turning momentarily to take on new riffs and melodies but never wandering far.


SONG LIST
01 Glimmer
02 The Creeper
03 Ephemeral
04 Specks of Light
05 Strung Up from the Sky
06 An Inch Above Sand
07 What We All Come to Need
08 Final Breath


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“Strung Up from the Sky” [MP3]
     



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Monday, Aug 31, 2009
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Taken by Trees
East of Eden
(Rough Trade)
Releasing: 8 September (US)


Victoria Bergsman releases her second album as Taken by Trees. The globe-hopping Swede has worked with the Concretes and Peter Bjorn & John as she developed her exploratory sound. Bergsman wanted to do something very different on East of Eden and record outside modern Western studios, so she trekked to Pakistan to explore her love of Pakistani music and work with Sufi musicians.


SONG LIST
01 To Lose Someone    
02 Anna  
03 Watch the Waves   
04 Greyest Love of All  
05 Tidens Gång  
06 Wapas Karna  
07 My Boys
08 Day by Day  
09 Bekännelse


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