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by Arnold Pan

12 Apr 2010


Teenage Fanclub
Shadows
(Merge)
Releasing: 8 June

Teenage Fanclub fans who can remember far back enough to when the band was tapped as the Next Big Thing might be astonished to find that the once rambunctious Scots have made it to elder statesmen status, what with the career ups-and-downs and artistic highs-and-lows of the past 20 years. And it seems like the band has eased into its mature years rather comfortably on Shadows, its first album in five years: From the sound of “Baby Lee”, the first track leaked from the forthcoming album, the Fannies have continued to refine and tone down their power pop into pastoral rock, moving further down a road they first took on the underrated Songs from Northern Britain.

SONG LIST
01 Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in Anything
02 Baby Lee
03 The Fall
04 Into the City
05 Dark Clouds
06 The Past
07 Shock and Awe
08 When I Still Have Thee
09 Live With the Seasons
10 Sweet Days Waiting
11 The Back of My Mind
12 Today Never Ends

by PopMatters Staff

11 Apr 2010


PopMatters approved HEALTH has just released the latest video off their stellar 2009 full-length, Get Color.

by Arnold Pan

9 Apr 2010


We might have to wait some time yet for the Sleater-Kinney reunion Carrie Brownstein hinted at when she announced her own new project in this interview with the Guardian, but news of a Corin Tucker solo album will be more than enough keep their fans happy. According to Kill Rock Stars, Tucker will be releasing a solo effort in October 2010, which she has been recording in Portland. Tucker herself describes the upcoming album as “more of a middle-aged mom record” in the Portland Mercury, though, if YouTube videos of her performance at a bookstore benefit in March 2009 are any indication, her idea of mom rock is anything but mellowed out. Check out this sample of Tucker’s intense but slower burning solo work on YouTube from the March 2009 benefit, if you can bear with the crowd noise and the shaky camera frame.

by Timothy Gabriele

9 Apr 2010


Last week, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon featured the first ever television appearance of Liquid Liquid, who performed their classic 1981 deep cuts “Optimo” (non-televised and seen above) and “Cavern”, which was sampled infamously and illegally by Grandmaster Melle Mel’s anti-drug anthem “White Lines” (and allegedly recorded when they were slammed out of their minds on coke). Less unearthly and rhythmically disorienting than the originals (possibly due to the show’s acoustics), the band still nevertheless prove themselves to be insanely adept at their craft.

by Jennifer Cooke

9 Apr 2010


If you’re a music fan in San Diego or someone who sets a lot of store in the English rock press, then you’ve been waiting for a follow-up to Dirty Sweet’s superlative 2007 release, ...Of Monarchs and Beggars. The “skuzzy, ass-kicking rawk n’ roll” glorified by the NME is winning hearts and minds all across Europe as the band continues an extensive tour that will take them through May at the Moulin Blues Festival in the Netherlands.

American Spiritual is available now on Acetate Records, and can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon. “You’ve Been Warned” is the first single, a perfect example of the band’s fresh and relevant take on what many dismiss as a throwback genre. The only thing anachronistic about these guys is the stuff in their closets. And if you get a chance to see them live, do it—you’re in for a treat.

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