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Monday, Sep 14, 2009

Here’s a bespectacled Luke LaLonde of Born Ruffians sitting at a bar with an acoustic guitar, playing Bruce Springsteen’s steamy 1985 single, “I’m on Fire”. LaLonde, with his mild mannerisms and bipolar vocals, is plaintive where Springsteen is assertive. The original version is insistent, as though the Boss doth protest too much, and this cover almost seems to lament his entranced desire. Check out the video below.



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Sunday, Sep 13, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Thao With the Get Down Stay Down
Know Better Learn Faster
(Kill Rock Stars)
Releasing: 13 October


Thao teams with the Get Down Stay Down on her follow-up to the critically acclaimed We Brave Bee Stings and All. Tucker Martine, producer for the Decemberists, Bill Frisell, and Spoon, mans the control mans the control booth and members of Blitzen Trapper and Horse Feathers take guest turns on the recording along with Andrew Bird and Laura Veirs.


SONG LIST
01 The Clap
02 Cool Yourself
03 When We Swam
04 Know Better Learn Faster
05 Body
06 The Give
07 Good Bye Good Luck
08 Trouble Was For
09 Oh No
10 Fixed It!
11 Burn You Up
12 But What of the Strangers
13 Easy


Thao With the Get Down Stay Down
“Know Better Learn Faster” [MP3]
     



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Sunday, Sep 13, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Basement Jaxx
Scars
UK: (XL) US: (Ultra)
Releasing: 21 September (UK) / 22 September (US)


As usual the superb London electronic group is teaming with a batch of stellar guests on their new release. This time look for turns from Santigold, Yoko Ono, Kelis, Amp Fiddler and many more. This is one of the most anticipated records of the year in PopMatters’ quarters.


SONG LIST
01 Scars ft. Kelis, Maleka & Chipmunk
02 Raindrops
03 She’s No Good ft. Eli “Paperboy” Reed
04 Saga ft. Santigold
05 Feelings Gone ft. Sam Sparro
06 My Turn ft. Lightspeed Champion
07 A Possibility ft. Amp Fiddler
08 Twerk ft. Yo Majesty
09 Day of the Sunflowers (We March On) ft. Yoko Ono
10 What’s a Girl Gotta Do? ft. Paloma Faith
11 Stay Close ft. Lisa Kekaula
12 D.I.S.tractionz ft. Jose Hendrix
13 Gimme Somethin’ True ft. Jose James


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“Scars ft. Kelis, Maleka & Chipmunk” [MP3]
     



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Sunday, Sep 13, 2009

It’s been a 10-year wait for fans of the cult classic The Boondock Saints, but the saints are coming! The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day hits the theaters October 25.  Judging from the trailer, this sequel has all the right ingredients to please fans, and make new ones. With original writer and director Troy Duffy at the helm, and repeat performances from Troy Duffy, Sean Patrick Flannery, and Billy Connolly, purists will be satisfied. Rounding out the cast of colorful characters are Clifton Collins Jr., Juliet Benz (who looks to be filling the role of Willlem Dafoe’s detective character), and Peter Fonda. There is plenty of Irish accents, Catholicism, and ultra violence, too.


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Friday, Sep 11, 2009
Too-young folk genius Will Stratton is building anticipation for his 11/3 sophomore disc No Wonder by releasing his second album of free material out to fans just because he can.

Back in 2007, a young folk-artist named Will Stratton released a stunning little powerhouse of a record called What the Night Said, a post-Nick Drake kind of lo-fi masterpiece, the barely-21 Stratton showing a wisdom far, far beyond his years and making for one of the best records of ‘07. 


Since then, Stratton has been primarily focused on finishing up college, and even with his new album No Wonder coming out on November 3rd, it seems that Stratton just can’t seem to keep his excitement to himself, and just a few days ago decided to release his


second

album of unreleased non-album songs online, for free.


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