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by Sarah Zupko

4 Jun 2009


New Zealand’s the Clean is putting out their first new music since 2001’s Getaway. Mister Pop releases via Merge Records on 8 September. Their trademark jangle pop is very much in evidence on this download, “In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul”, from the new record.

SONG LIST
01 Loog
02 Are You Really on Drugs?
03 In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul
04 Asleep in the Tunnel
05 Back in the Day
06 Moonjumper
07 Factory Man
08 Simple Fix
09 Tensile
10 All Those Notes

The Clean
“In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul” [MP3]
     

by Matt Mazur

4 Jun 2009


Maybe the most horrible thing I have seen this year, but someone sure looks comfortable dancing around in his pumps. Joe apparently drew the short stick, but is doing a parody of Justin Timberlake doing a parody of Beyonce really even remotely funny? This hopefully will detract anyone from buying their stupid record.

by Sarah Zupko

4 Jun 2009


Talk about milking an album… MGMT have just released a new video for “Kids” off January 2008’s Oracular Spectacular.

by John Bohannon

4 Jun 2009


Tom Brosseau has always had a peculiar knack for melody that many of his peers do not. Learning from the school of Leonard Cohen, his melodies never quite go in the direction that the average listener’s mind would take them. This became apparent on first listen to his new single “You Don’t Know My Friends”, a barrage of lo-fi guitars and overloaded drums, much different from his quiet affairs on previous recordings. Although the recording is full of racket, the vocals are still crisp and take what would have been an otherwise bland, fuzzed-out guitar structure, and meld it into something special. Not to mention the single’s insanely clever lyrical content, i.e. “Looking gaunt and living on beans and rice / I’m beginning to laugh like Vincent Price.” Brosseau’s new record, Posthumous Success, is full of these moments that bring driving melodies, lyrical wit, and an unusual sonic palette together for moments of rarefied beauty.

Tom Brosseau
“You Don’t Know My Friends” [MP3]
     

by Sarah Zupko

3 Jun 2009


We think really highly of Passion Pit here at PopMatters, having just rated the band’s new album Manners an 8. Miike Snow, who has his own new record out which we’re reviewing soon, has conjured up a really funky remix of “The Reeling” off Manners.

Passion Pit
The Reeling (Miike Snow Remix) [MP3]
     

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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