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Monday, Jul 6, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

CéU
Vagarosa
(Six Degrees)
Releasing: 7 July 2009 (US/UK)


SONG LIST
01. Sobre o Amor e Seu Trabalho Silencioso
02. Cangote
03. Comadi
04. Bubuia
05. Nascente
06. Grains de Beauté
07. Vira Lata - Luíz Melodia
08. Papa
09. Ponteiro
10. Cordão da Insônia
11. Rosa Menina Rosa
12. Sonâmbulo
13. Espaçonave


CéU
“Bubuia” [MP3]
     



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Friday, Jul 3, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Last Night in Montreal
by Emily St. John Mandel
(Unbridled Books)
Released: 2 June 2009 (US)


LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL follows the intersecting lives of four people: Lilia, a twenty-something who mysteriously disappeared during childhood; Eli, who tries to hold on to her and then tries to let her go; Christopher, the private detective who remains obsessed with Lilia’s case; and Michaela, the detective’s daughter, who is as rootless as Lilia—and who knows the answers Lilia seeks. A beautifully written, almost poetic tale of loss and love, of sacrifice and abandonment, and of finding a way home, this novel is an hypnotic read, one that casts a spell.



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Thursday, Jul 2, 2009

Dan Gubbins’ Silent Paper Radios project is a departure from his past work as a DJ and hip-hop/electronic music producer. Gubbins says that the inspiration for Silent Paper Radios was the “Weird Folk” movement of recent years, but his sound is less showy and more traditional than much of what that trend produced.


New Silent Paper Radios album Reborn As a Wind Chime is one of this year’s most pleasant surprises, and the unsigned Gubbins has decided to offer the album as a free download for a limited time. On a MySpace blog entry, he instructs listeners to “Download my album free for a month and spread the silent word!”


Silent Paper Radios
Reborn As a Wind Chime [MP3]


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Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The Fiery Furnaces
I’m Going Away
(Thrill Jockey)
Releasing: 21 July 2009 (US) / 24 August 2009 (UK)


SONG LIST
01     I’m Going Away    
02   Drive to Dallas  
03   The End Is Near
04   Charmaine Champagne  
05   Cut the Cake  
06   Even in the Rain  
07   Staring at the Steeple  
08   Ray Bouvier  
09   Keep Me in the Dark  
10   Lost at Sea  
11   Cups and Punches  
12   Take Me Round Again


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“The End Is Near” [MP3]
     



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Friday, Jun 26, 2009

A.A. Bondy
When the Devil’s Loose
(Fat Possum)
Releasing: 1 September 2009 (US)


These days it’s hard to decipher the line of demarcation between a great songwriter and a good one. It seems like that line is the taste of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, today’s modern indie folk hero, who has an impeccable knack for picking flawless openers. The one that sparked my interest most sincerely lay behind the Alabama bred six-string troubadour, A.A. Bondy, and his subtle stories of love, despair, and everything in between. “When the Devil’s Loose” is the lead single off the album by the same name (due out in September on Fat Possum) and shares a sense of melody analogous to that of his label companion, Andrew Bird, but the sonic palette itself falls in line more with the Southern tradition the label has always prided itself in. If “When the Devil’s Loose” is any indication of the rest of the record, then expect Bondy to be a household name from here on out.


SONG LIST
01 When the Devil’s Loose
02 Mightiest of Guns
03 A Slow Parade
04 To the Morning
05 Oh the Vampyre
06 I Can See the Pines Are Dancing
07 False River
08 On the Moon
09 The Mercy Wheel
10 The Coal Hits the Fire


A.A. Bondy
“When the Devil’s Loose” [MP3]
     



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