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by PopMatters Staff

17 Aug 2009

Releasing: 6 October (US)

Indie band Headlights recorded their upcoming record live. Tristan Wraight says, “On this record we just sang, that’s the take, that’s the part, there’s the vocals, here’s the mic, sing the song, done.”

01 Telephones
02 Secrets
03 You and Eye
04 Get Going
05 Love Song for Buddy
06 I Don’t Mind at All
07 Dead Ends
08 Wisconsin Beaches
09 We’re All Animals
10 Teenage Wonder
11 Slow Down Town

“Get Going” [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

17 Aug 2009

Hugh Cornwell
(Invisible Hands Music)
Releasing: now (digital) / 8 September (physical)

Frontman of one of the original British punk bands, the Strangers, Hugh Cornwell is releasing a new solo album in early September that displays his life-long love of gritty rock and roll. But in a true punk twist, Cornwell is offering the album for free right now from his website The head of Cornwell’s label, Charles Kennedy, explains the free offer as such: “Everything that’s ever been recorded or filmed is now online and free – whether the copyright owners like it or not, and any work of artists that is honest – either from decades ago or right now – has intellectual value that will always translate into monetary value.”

01 Please Don’t Put Me on a Slow Boat to Trowbridge
02 Going to the City
03 Delightful Nightmare
04 Within You Or Without You
05 Rain on the River
06 Beat of My Heart
07 Philip K. Ridiculous
08 The Pleasure of Your Company
09 Wrong Side of the Tracks
10 Banging on the Same Old Beat

by PopMatters Staff

17 Aug 2009

(Temporary Residence)
Releasing: 8 September (US)

The Athens, Georgia psych-dance rockers are releasing a collection of rarities this fall containing out-of-print vinyl songs from the past several years. Look for a new album from the group in 2010.

01 Join Us, Mystic Sister
02 No More Sages
03 Monoliths
04 Thieves
05 The World Outside (Thee Loving Hand Remix)
06 Inventions (Justin Van Der Volgen Remix)
07 Monoliths (Steve Moore Remix)
08 Do You Hear The Nightbirds Calling You?

“Monoliths” [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

14 Aug 2009

Exotic on the Speaker
Releasing: 6 October (US)

The Tel Aviv DJs return on 6 October with a new mix CD featuring loads of hip-hop with a little bit of the Balkans thrown in for good measure.

01 El Nur ft. Ghostface, Tomer Yosef & Saz
02 Exotic on the Speaker ft. Rye Rye
03 Pitom Banu ft. Axum
04 Put ‘em Up ft. Lyrics Born & Axum
05 Darboukatron
06 SOS ft. Pigeon John & Ceci Bastida
07 Politrix ft. Del the Funky Homosapien
08 Come Back ft. Onili
09 Avood MeAhava ft. Oren Barzilay
10 We Keep On ft. Rebel Sun & Soul-J
11 Queen of Hearts ft. MC ZULU
12 Bo Be Easy ft. Axum & C. Le
13 1,000 Nights ft. Ravid Khalni

Soulico ft. Lyrics Born and Axum
“Put ‘Em Up” [MP3]

by John Bohannon

13 Aug 2009

Opiate Sun
(Caldo Verde)
Releasing: 27 October (US)

With bands like the Angelic Process, Alcest, and now Phil Elverum (aka Mount Eerie), a whole new world has opened up for heavy music, large in part because of Jesu mastermind Justin Broadrick’s tireless effort to not settle for the conventional sounds of metal. The effort has become to make this loud, abrasive music become melodic and sentimental—something Jesu’s latest track, “Deflated” is somewhat the pinnacle of. Its drop-tuned doom riffage is buried into a swarm of melodic guitar melodies and quite possibly one of the best vocal performances of Broadrick’s career. The track builds beautifully behind slightly atonal sustained chords into a stoner shoegaze haze while Broadrick chants, “You give me reason.” How’s that for hardcore.

Oddly enough, it somehow makes sense that Opiate Sun, the EP on which this track is contained, will be released on Caldo Verde Records, Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon songsmith Mark Kozelek’s imprint. Hands down, this is the heaviest thing Kozelek has ever released (and he is doing so after being duly impressed by a Jesu show in 2007), but he is no stranger to spastic guitar passages –- something he experimented with earlier in his career. Opiate Sun is due out October 27th, and info on what formats it will be released on is TBD.

01 Losing Streak
02 Opiate Sun
03 Deflated
04 Morning Light

“Deflated” [MP3]

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