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by PopMatters Staff

13 Aug 2010

The Walkmen are releasing their latest album, Lisbon, 14 September via Fat Possum Records. Last night they stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s show to preview a tune off the new record.

by J.M. Suarez

13 Aug 2010

The fourth video released from Tegan and Sara’s 2009 album, Sainthood, “Northshore” offers up a punk-influenced track that’s fun, catchy, and energetic with a video to match.

by PopMatters Staff

12 Aug 2010

Simian Mobile Disco
Is Fixed
(Defend Music)
Releasing: 12 October

The UK’s Simian Mobile Disco has a new remix CD headed your way this October and they’ve just made a track available for free download, “Nerve Salad”. This is the first release in a planned series of discs celebrating the FIXED parties in New York City.

01 Brain Machine: “Eternal Night”
02 Etienne Jaumet: “For Falling Asleep”
03 Jurek Przezdziecki: “Qwerty Poema”
04 Conrad Schnitzler: “Ballet Statique”
05 André Walter: “Malphas”
06 Bam Bam: “Where’s Your Child?”
07 DJ Hell: “U Can Dance (SMD Mix)”
08 Paul Woolford: “False Prophet”
09 Philip Sherburne: “Salt and Vinegar”
10 Clement Meyer: “Midnight Madness”
11 Simian Mobile Disco: “Nerve Salad”
12 Pantha Du Prince: “Behind the Stars”
13 Hot Chip: “One Life Stand (Carl Craig Mix)”
14 Chateau Flight: “Baroque”
15 SND: “05:36:58”
16 Delia Derbyshire: “Dreams”

by Michael P. Irwin

11 Aug 2010

I woke up rather early the other morning, and almost immediately after opening my eyes I started hearing the often-imitated crooning of Elvis Presley echoing through my skull. That’s not entirely a surprise—I was flying to Las Vegas that day, so the fact that a song by the King popped into my head did seem somehow appropriate. I suppose that a selection from Tom Jones or Dean Martin would probably have fit just as well, but for whatever reason for me that day it was Elvis—and his music was stuck in my head all morning.

”…A little less conversation / A little more action please…”

by Nathan Pensky

11 Aug 2010

Being one of the most eclectic, innovative, and all-around brilliant musicians in the world, Brian Eno’s list of collaborators is a who’s who of art rock luminaries. He is a founding member of Roxy Music, a pioneering composer of ambient music, and the producer of records with John Cale, Robert Fripp, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Devo, U2, and many more. But while Eno’s reputation is certainly secure, the true measure of pop culture relevance is being linked by six degrees or less to that other bastion of prolificacy, Kevin Bacon. (Personally, I think Michael Caine is a much better choice for the Six Degrees game, or even Donald Sutherland, but no one asked me.)

Okay, let’s see…  1) In their most recent album Congratulations, MGMT name-drops Eno with a song entitled, appropriately enough, “Brian Eno”. That album also contains a track named “Song for Dan Treacy,” a reference to the lead singer and songwriter for the legendary punk rock band 2) The Television Personalities. That band’s repertoire includes a whimsical cover of the Syd Barrett-penned “Bike,” probably the most widely-known tune from Barrett’s run with Pink Floyd. “Bike” was also performed by punk outfit 3) the Vindictives on their album, Partytime for Assholes, an album that included the 4) Burt Bacharach/Hal David standard, “Magic Moments.” Bacharach wrote the music for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which starred 5) Katharine Ross. Ross was in The Graduate with 6) Dustin Hoffman, who was in Sleepers with 7) Kevin Bacon. Okay, so not quite six degrees. Wait… Wasn’t Kevin Bacon in Arthur 2: On the Rocks? Whatever.

Seven is the best I can do, but this being the internet I’m sure someone will rise to the challenge. The important part is that Brian Eno IS a genius and, judging from his last album with David Byrne, isn’t going anywhere any time soon. And let’s not kid ourselves. This exercise was really just an excuse to dig up that Vindictives cover of “Bike”.

//Mixed media

The Horrors, the Horrors, or Get Your Halloween On

// Short Ends and Leader

"This bevy of B or Z horrors upclassed to Blu-ray will help you get scared the old-fashioned way.

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