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by PopMatters Staff

29 Jan 2010


Black Tambourine
Black Tambourine
(Slumberland)
Releasing: 30 March

Slumberland plans a March re-issue for Black Tambourine that will include a number of previously unreleased songs as well as a photo collection. The four new songs on the set will feature two originals as well as two covers of tunes by Buddy Holly and Suicide. The record will be available both as a deluxe CD and in vinyl format.

SONG LIST
01 For Ex-Lovers Only
02 Black Car
03 Pack You Up
04 Can’t Explain
05 I Was Wrong
06 Throw Aggi off the Bridge
07 Drown
08 We Can’t Be Friends
09 By Tomorrow
10 Pam’s Tan
11 For Ex-Lovers Only (First Demo)
12 Throw Aggi off the Bridge (First Demo)
13 Heartbeat (Buddy Holly cover)
14 Lazy Heart
15 Tears of Joy
16 Dream Baby Dream (Suicide cover)

Black Tambourine
“For Ex-Lovers Only” [MP3]
     

by Alex Suskind

29 Jan 2010


Dreams in Static
Serene Poetic
Shempseed
Releasing: 2 Februrary

Where experimental hip-hop meets psychedelic rock, you will find Dreams in Static, a Brooklyn-based duo on the verge of releasing their debut album, Serene Poetic. Awash in layered harmonies, sharp analog synths, reverbed guitars, and dense drumbeats, the record—which will be released on 2 February—is as peaceful as it is haunting.

Dreams in Static is the brainchild of Diwon, a hip-hop producer from New York, and Dugans, a guitarist from Texas. For this project, the two combine their respective musical backgrounds to form one cohesive sound. Diwon, who plays drums and synths on the record, is deeply influenced by his Yemenite background (where his mother’s family originates). By blending a Middle Eastern flair with a classic hip-hop sound, he provides the backbone to Serene Poetic. Dugans adds his own flair with ambient guitar riffs, amplified by a unique brand of effects, to perfectly complement Diwon’s dark beats. While Serene Poetic may be all instrumental, there are also plans to release an album with vocals in the near future.

SONG LIST
01 If on a Winter
02 The Ineffable
03 Day/Night
04 Notes From Under
05 Invisible Man
06 The Border/The Sun
07 Theta
08 Magic Carpet
09 Heartbreaking Work
10 American Pastoral
11 Befallen By Dreams
12 Kingdom Come
13 Lost/Forgotten
14 Standing in Shadows
15 Recurrent Dreams
16 Waking
17 Crescent Shape
18 Murmered Rhymes
19 Eighty Six
20 A Farewell Too
21 Disquietude
22 What You Did feat. Dov

 

by Conrad Hughes

29 Jan 2010


Circa Survive announced today on their official website some tour dates for March in the US to accompany their new album, currently being mixed by Rich Costey.

The album is currently untitled but should be out by the summer. Here’s the official video to “The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is the Dose” to tide you over. Of course, you’d have to listen to it about 65,000 times for it to actually last you until the album releases, but you get the idea.

Here’s the dates:
3/11/10- Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
3/12/10- Nashville, TN @ Exit/ In
3/13/10- Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre
3/14/10- Little Rock, AR @ The Village
3/16/10- San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
3/17/10-3/21/10- Austin, TX (SXSW festival) @ TBD
3/22/10- St. Louis,MO @ The Firebird
3/23/10- Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theater
3/24/10- Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
3/26/10- HOODWINK Anaheim, CA @ Grove of Anaheim
3/27/10- THE BAMBOOZLE Anaheim, CA @ The Festival Grounds at Angels Stadium

by John Lindstedt

28 Jan 2010


When Saturday Night Live‘s Andy Samberg’s digital short “Lazy Sunday” hit the airwaves in 2005, it quickly became a huge viral sensation, spawning both imitators and countless more Samberg productions. The trend probably reached it’s apex this summer with Incredibad, the debut album of Samberg’s group the Lonely Island.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard the album’s breakout track, “I’m on a Boat”, so many times it’s not even funny anymore, if it ever was. Like a majority of things on SNL, the digital shorts became more formulaic and repetitive with each outing.

No one has expressed this sentiment better than the New York-based production company, Landline TV. Landline‘s short film “Landline Digitial Short” skewers Samberg, his pals, and his process. It’s a pretty dead on parody, and definitely worth checking out.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2010


Drive-By Truckers
The Big To-Do
(ATO)
Releasing: 16 March

Alt-Southern rock juggernaut, the Drive-By Truckers, have flipped from their New West Records home over to Dave Matthews’ ATO Records for their upcoming release. The move heralds a stronger embrace of the “rock” side of their sound as Patterson Hood describes it as “very melodic and more rocking than anything we’ve done since disc two of Southern Rock Opera.”

SONG LIST
01 Daddy Learned to Fly
02 The Fourth Night of My Drinking
03 Birthday Boy
04 Drag the Lake Charlie
05 The Wig He Made Her Wear
06 You Got Another
07 This Fucking Job
08 Get Downtown
09 After the Scene Dies
10 (It’s Gonna Be) I Told You So
11 Santa Fe
12 The Flying Wallendas
13 Eyes Like Glue
14 Girls Who Smoke (vinyl only bonus track)

Drive-By Truckers
“This Fucking Job” [MP3]
     

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