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by Sarah Zupko

14 Jul 2009


updated to include tour dates

Shonen Knife
Super Group
(Good Charamel)
Releasing: 25 August 2009 (US)

Japanese girl-pop/punk stalwarts Shonen Knife return to US shores with a new platter of tunes on August 25th. We’ve got the premiere of “Super Group” here for your listening pleasure. The women offer up catchy ditties born in the garage, but run through a bit of ‘60s pop gloss and riot grrl attitude. The band will also be playing a lengthy North American tour during October and November, appearing alongside Ty Segall, The Strange Boys, and JEFF The Brotherhood.

SONG LIST
01 “Super Group”
02 “Slug”
03 “Muddy Bubbles Hell”
04 “Deer Biscuits”
05 “BBQ Party”
06 “Pyramid Power”
07 “Time Warp”
08 “NaNaNa”
09 “Your Guitar”
10 “Jet”
11 “Evil Birds” (bonus track)

Shonen Knife
“Super Group” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

13 Jul 2009


Forro in the Dark
Light a Candle
(Nat Geo Music)
Releasing: 29 September 2009

The Brazilian New Yorkers return with a new record this fall, the songs having been honed during their intense weekly gig at Nublu in NYC. Light a Candle will feature guest appearances from singer-songwriter Jesse Harris, as well as Sabina Sciubba, the frontwoman of Brazilian Girls, another NYC-based band with roots in Brazilian music.

SONG LIST
01 Bandinha
02 Saudades de Manezinho Araujo
03 Nonsensical
04 Better Than You
05 Baiao Embolado
06 Perro Loco
07 Lilou
08 Silence Is Golden
09 Anao de Jardim
10 Lampiao Chegou
11 Caipirinha
12 Forro de Dois Amigos
13 Just Like Every Other Night

Forro in the Dark
“Perro Loco” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

13 Jul 2009


Our Lady Peace
Burn Burn
(Sony/Warner)
Releasing: 21 July 2009 (US)

SONG LIST
1. All You Did Was Save My Life
2. Dreamland
3. Monkey Brains
4. The End Is Where We Begin
5. Escape Artist
6. Refuge
7. Never Get Over You
8. White Flags
9. Signs of Life
10. Paper Moon
11. Time Bomb (* Deluxe Only)
12. The Right Stuff (* Deluxe Only)

DVD (* Deluxe Only):
All You Did Was Save My Life (* Live in Studio)
Dreamland (* Live in Studio)
Monkey Brains (* Live in Studio)
Never Get Over You (* Live in Studio)
Refuge (* Live in Studio)
The Right Stuff (* Live in Studio)
All You Did Was Save My Life (Music Video)
The Right Stuff (Music Video)

by PopMatters Staff

12 Jul 2009


The State of Jones
by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer
(Doubleday)
Hardcover, 416 pages, $27.50
Released: 23 June 2009 (US)

The State of Jones is a true story about the South during the Civil War—the real South. Not the South that has been mythologized in novels and movies, but an authentic, hardscrabble place where poor men were forced to fight a rich man’s war for slavery and cotton. In Jones County, Mississippi, a farmer named Newton Knight led his neighbors, white and black alike, in an insurrection against the Confederacy at the height of the Civil War. Knight’s life story mirrors the little-known story of class struggle in the South—and it shatters the image of the Confederacy as a unified front against the Union.”—Doubleday

The State of Jones
Chapter One [PDF]

by PopMatters Staff

12 Jul 2009


Starlight Mints
Change Remains
(Barsuk)
Releasing: 21 July 2009 (US/UK)

SONG LIST
01 Coffins ‘R’ Us
02 Natural
03 Paralyzed
04 Zoomba
05 Black Champagne
06 Power Bleed
07 Gazeretti
08 Sesame (Untie the Wrath)
09 Snorkel with a Turtle
10 40 Fingers

Starlight Mints
“Paralyzed” [MP3]
     

“Zoomba” [MP3]
     

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