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by PopMatters Staff

13 Sep 2009

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.

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]

by PopMatters Staff

13 Sep 2009

Basement Jaxx
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.

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]

by Evan Sawdey

11 Sep 2009

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


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

by Jennifer Cooke

11 Sep 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.

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]

by PopMatters Staff

11 Sep 2009

(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.

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

“Monolith” [MP3]

//Mixed media

Ruby Amanfu Stirs the Heart at Rockwood (Photos) + "Shadow on the Wall" Video

// Notes from the Road

"Ruby Amanfu possess a beautiful, smokey voice that can elicit tears. Watch her video for "Shadow on the Wall" and catch her on tour.

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