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by PopMatters Staff

20 Apr 2009


Atlanta’s Coathangers released their debut Scramble two weeks ago and here’s a video from that release that Fader just premiered. PopMatters Matt Fiander said of the album, “Scramble is a very solid record, but if anything it shows us the Coathangers’ talents have outgrown their humble garage sound.”

 

by Sarah Zupko

20 Apr 2009


Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker releases his latest album Further Complications on 19 May. “Angela” is the first MP3 available from the new album. It’s pretty rocky as in rock ‘n’ roll produced as it was by Steve Albini, but a bit lyrically dull for someone as talented as Cocker.

Jarvis Cocker
“Angela” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

20 Apr 2009


TV on the Radio dropped by Jay Leno’s show recently for a so-so performance of “Crying”.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Apr 2009


Sonic Youth’s new record The Eternal releases 9 June in North America and a day earlier in the UK. There’s now an MP3 from the album available that Matador Records describes in the following manner: ““Sacred Trickster” is a 2:10 out-of-the gate hardcore matinee track with Kim singing salutes to French painter Yves Klein and Western Massachusetts noise artist Noise Nomads. It sets the tone for The Eternal, which comprises 12 tunes that are a fireworks display of Sonic Youth touchstones.”

Sonic Youth
“Sacred Trickster” [MP3]
     

by Sarah Zupko

20 Apr 2009


Late Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt was both a friend to Steve Earle also a massive influence on his artistic development. Fourteen years ago Earle said, “Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” So, it’s only natural that he would want to record a Van Zandt tribute album and we’re lucky for it. Earle sounds re-invigorated on this tour through his mentor’s songs released as Townes on May 12th via New West Records. Earle’s wife Alison Moorer joins in the harmony vocals on this track, “To Live Is to Fly”.

Steve Earle
“To Live Is to Fly” [MP3]
     

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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