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by Darren Ratner

5 Mar 2010


Everyone can appreciate a good train wreck, and Courtney Love has become one of America’s finest. Keep that in mind and you’ll see that the birthing of some new Hole tunes doesn’t seem so intolerable - especially when the band’s new single, “Skinny Little Bitch”, sounds like a heroin-induced bitchslap. The new album, Nobody’s Daughter, drops April 26. Judge for yourself.

by Crispin Kott

4 Mar 2010


Maybe I’m showing my age here, but I can actually remember information gleaned more than five minutes ago. Sure, in an increasingly Twitterized world, if it didn’t just happen, maybe it never happened at all. But are there really people over two weeks old who don’t know who John Lennon is?

That’s apparently Sean Lennon’s fear. How do I know? Because the deceased former Beatle’s youngest son said exactly that on his official Twitter page. Or rather that’s what he tweeted. Twittered? Twaddled? Forgive me—I’m too consumed with moral Beatle outrage to keep up with the terminology.

by David Abravanel

4 Mar 2010


Transient Songs
Cave Syndromes
(Indian Casino)
Releasing: 25 May

Seattle-based dream-rock maker John Frum (Transient Songs) is set to release the debut full-length, Cave Syndrome, on May 25. The track “In the Darkness Light Seeps Through” is available as a free teaser—see below for stream. With an earthy psychedelic sound reminiscent of Mercury Rev and Galaxie 500, expect Cave Syndrome to be something special.

SONG LIST
01 In This Darkness Light Seeps Through
02 Smoking Slows the Healing
03 Greenwood Backyards
04 The Cancer in Our Bloodlines
05 Wide Open Skies
06 Sin Through the Summer
07 Golden Gardens (Lungs & Livers)
08 Astoria
09 A Burrow Patch
10 Cave Syndrome

In This Darkness Light Seeps Through [MP3]
     

by Alex Suskind

4 Mar 2010


Broken Bells
Broken Bells
(Sony)
Releasing: 9 March

Broken Bells brings together two of today’s brightest and most innovative musicians: Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), best known for his work as one half of Gnarls Barkley and James Mercer, principle songwriter for indie-pop darlings the Shins. According to NPR, the duo met six years ago and finally found time to record together this past year.

Despite clocking in at only 37 minutes, Broken Bells’ self-titled debut is complete with signature sounds from both members—light harmonies and catchy hooks reminiscent of Mercer’s Shins and haunting organs and dark synth riffs from Burton’s production on Gorillaz’ Demon Days from 2005 and Beck’s Modern Guilt from 2008.

The upcoming release of this album (9 March) comes as bittersweet news to Shins’ fans, who have been waiting three years for a new record. Instead, they get a glimpse of Mercer’s songwriting ability outside the indie pop sound that made him big. At the very least, Broken Bells will keep them entertained in the meantime.

The album is currently streaming over at NPR. The music video for their first single, “The High Road” is below.

SONG LIST
01 The High Road
02 Vaporize
03 Your Head Is on Fire
04 The Ghost Inside
05 Sailing to Nowhere
06 Trap Doors
07 Citizen
08 October
09 Mongrel Heart
10 The Mall and Misery

by PopMatters Staff

3 Mar 2010


Kill Rock Stars completes its Elliott Smith re-issue program on 6 April with the re-release of the late singer-songwriter’s first and last albums. The label has also just released a free MP3 from each record.

“Last Call” (Roman Candle) [MP3]
     

“Twilight” (From a Basement on the Hill) [MP3]
     

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