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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


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



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Friday, Sep 11, 2009
Too-young folk genius Will Stratton is building anticipation for his 11/3 sophomore disc No Wonder by releasing his second album of free material out to fans just because he can.

Back in 2007, a young folk-artist named Will Stratton released a stunning little powerhouse of a record called What the Night Said, a post-Nick Drake kind of lo-fi masterpiece, the barely-21 Stratton showing a wisdom far, far beyond his years and making for one of the best records of ‘07. 


Since then, Stratton has been primarily focused on finishing up college, and even with his new album No Wonder coming out on November 3rd, it seems that Stratton just can’t seem to keep his excitement to himself, and just a few days ago decided to release his


second

album of unreleased non-album songs online, for free.


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Friday, Sep 11, 2009

Pariah Piranha
People People
(Queer Control)
Released: 1 September


When Tara Gordon sings “When we cross the city lines / We’ll pretend to be dead” on Pariah Piranha’s new single “Green Rooms”, you don’t need the lyrical reference to feel the L7 that permeates the track. Recalling the best moments of 1990s acts like Lunachicks, Bratmobile, and Babes in Toyland, the San Francisco trio makes you want to throw on a flannel and shake your hair like J. Mascis.


So if you’re over the ‘80s retread sound and your post-modern heart yearns for the next logical step, look no further than Pariah Piranha’s irresistible new CD, People People. In the hands of Gordon and bandmates Andrea Shearer and Tony Garber, the music sounds utterly fresh and infectious. And it was produced by Tony Maimone of Pere Ubu and They Might Be Giants fame, in case you need another dash of ‘90s authenticity.


SONG LIST
01 Artifacts
02 Rush Beat
03. Cartaclysm
04 Small Town Holdout
05 Hate Beast
06 Atlas
07 Role Model
08 Reading Rainbow
09 Sleight of Hand
10 Green Rooms
11 Insurance Insurance


Pariah Piranha
“Green Rooms” [MP3]
     



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Friday, Sep 11, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

CFCF
Continent
(Paper Bag)
Releasing: 27 October


Michael Silver (aka CFCF) is the Montreal DJ who attracted notice for his remix of Crystal Castles’ “Air War”. Paper Bag is putting out CFCF’s debut full-length this fall.


SONG LIST
01 Raining Patterns
02 Big Love
03 Invitation to Love
04 Summerlong
05 You Hear Colours
06 Monolith
07 Half Dreaming
08 Letters Home
09 Break-In
10 Come Closer
11 Snake Charmer
12 Half Dreaming Reprise


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“Monolith” [MP3]
     



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Friday, Sep 11, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Supercluster
Waves
(Cloud)
Releasing: 6 October


Athens, Georgia musicians unite to form a super-group of sorts. Members of the Olivia Tremor Control, Deerhunter, Circulatory System and more gather for 12 songs of imaginative pop that feature all manner of instruments including violin, cello, mandolin, and clarinet, alongside the standard pop ensemble tools.


SONG LIST
01 Peace Disco Song
02 Brave Tree
03 Sunflower Clock
04 The River
05 I Got the Answer
06 The Mermaid’s Tale
07 Copper Palo
08 The Night I Died
09 Too Many Eights
10 Anyone
11 Time to End the War
12 316


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“Brave Tree” [MP3]
     



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