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by C.L. Chafin

13 Jul 2009


Despite being on DFA, despite having a logo that looks like some kind of pseudo-Eg-Banger rip-off, and despite having a name that makes them sound like a bedroom house music project from Sweden, Free Energy is, in fact, heartbreakingly melodic, toe-tapping, Southern-and-glam-inflected rock for stoners in fact and theory. Fans of Big Star, T-Rex, and getting drunk in rusted-out pickup trucks should get very excited.

by PopMatters Staff

12 Jul 2009


Starlight Mints
Change Remains
(Barsuk)
Releasing: 21 July 2009 (US/UK)

SONG LIST
01 Coffins ‘R’ Us
02 Natural
03 Paralyzed
04 Zoomba
05 Black Champagne
06 Power Bleed
07 Gazeretti
08 Sesame (Untie the Wrath)
09 Snorkel with a Turtle
10 40 Fingers

Starlight Mints
“Paralyzed” [MP3]
     

“Zoomba” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

11 Jul 2009


The Avett Brothers
I and Love and You
(Columbia/American)
Release date: 11 August 2009

SONG LIST
1. I and Love and You
2. January Wedding
3. Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise
4. And It Spread
5. The Perfect Space
6. Ten Thousand Words
7. Kick Drum Heart
8. Laundry Room
9. Ill with Want
10. Tin Man
11. Slight Figure of Speech
12. It Goes On and On
13. Incomplete and Insecure

The Avett Brothers
“I and Love and You” [MP3]
     

Here is a live performance of the album’s title song.

by PopMatters Staff

11 Jul 2009


Jay Reatard
Watch Me Fall
(Matador)
Releasing: 18 August 2009 (US) / 17 August 2009 (UK)

SONG LIST
01 It Ain’t Gonna Save Me
02 Before I Was Caught
03 Man of Steel
04 Can’t Do It Anymore
05 Faking It
06 I’m Watching You
07 Wounded
08 Rotten Mind
09 Nothing Now
10 My Reality
11 Hang Them All
12 There Is No Sun

Jay Reatard
“It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” [MP3]
     

“Wounded” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

10 Jul 2009


Americana music god Levon Helm played Letterman this week, serving up a tune off his new album, Electric Dirt.

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