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Monday, Aug 24, 2009

Lead singer Thom Yorke recently stated in an interview that Radiohead would not be releasing a new album anytime in the near future. While this unfortunate fact has not changed, it has not prevented another new song, “These Are My Twisted Words”, from being leaked to the public last week.


This five-and-a-half-minute track opens with three minutes of ominous instrumental krautrock and is the most recent in a long line of unconventionally beautiful songs for which Radiohead is renowned for. You can decide for yourself, however, as it is currently available via free download on the band’s website.



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Monday, Aug 24, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Gogol Bordello
Live from Axis Mundi
(Side One Dummy)
Releasing: 6 October


Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello are releasing a deluxe new live DVD and CD set in October featuring many of the most popular tunes from their incendiary sets. Plus, the set will gather many rarities from their various TV appearances and well as demos and videos.


SONG LIST
DISC 1 - CD
01 Ultimate (BBC Sessions)
02 Wonderlust King (BBC Sessions)
03 Mishto (BBC Sessions)
04 Alcohol (BBC Sessions)
05 American Wedding (BBC Sessions)
06 You Gave Up (Roumania) (BBC Sessions)
07 Stivali E Colbacco (Super Taranta Sessions)
08 Troubled Friends (Gypsy Punk Sessions)
09 60 Revolutions (Demo)
10 Immigrant Punk (Demo)
11 Immigrant Punk (Instrumental)


Disc 2 - DVD
LIVE FROM AXIS MUNDI
Ultimate
Sally
Not a Crime
Dogs Were Barking
Wonderlust King
Mishto
Forces of Victory
Tribal Connection
60 Revolutions
Start Wearing Purple
Think Locally, Fuck Globally
Punk Rock Parranda
Illumination
Baro Foro


EXTRA TRACKS
Immigrant Punk
East Infection
Avenue B
Harem in Tuscany


VIDEOS
Start Wearing Purple
Not a Crime
Wonderlust King
American Wedding


BONUS CHRONICLES
Creative People Must Be Stopped!
Sacred Darling
Purple (The Pizdetz)
Musika Agressia



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Dizzee Rascal
Tongue N’ Cheek
(Dirtee Stank)
Releasing: 21 September 2009 (UK)


SONG LIST
01 Bonkers
02 Road Rage
03 Dance Wiv Me
04 Freaky Freaky
05 Can’t Tek Me No More
06 Chillin Wiv Da Man Dem
07 Dirtee Cash
08 Money Money Money
09 Leisure
10 Holiday
11 Bad Behaviour



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Monday, Aug 24, 2009

L.A. based Fitz & the Tantrums have had a very productive 2009. It started with Fitz purchasing an old church organ at his ex’s suggestion, then by night’s end, the first single, “Breakin’ the Chains of Love”, was written.


Fast forward to a new record contract with Future Sounds, the August 11th release of a five song EP, Songs For a Break-Up, Vol.1 (which was all recorded in Fitz’ living room), and now a 13-stop west coast tour with Flogging Molly, and you’ve just defined the word “productivity”.


Fitz moved to L.A. from France as a child, and brought some European flair with him. Songs for a Break-Up, Vol.1 has not only the muse church organ, but has layered in a background of horns, female vocals and a Motown-meets Gnarls Barley-meets the Black Keys sound that is both original and organic. Fitz & the Tantrums may be a Future Sounds’ recording artist, but they’re definitely using some retro sounds to their appeal.


Check out their upcoming tour after the jump, as well as their new single “Winds of Change”.



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Sunday, Aug 23, 2009

It has been quite a while since we’ve seen a really good werewolf movie, hasn’t it? Well, fellow movielovers, butter your popcorn and buckle your seatbelts because if the highly-anticipated trailer to The Wolfman is any indication, we’re in for… you know what, I’m not going to lie to you. Grab a seat. Looks like we’re going to be waiting a bit longer.


Benicio Del Toro (Che, Traffic) reapplies the makeup from his early role as “Dog-Faced Boy” in 1988’s Big Top Pee Wee to star as the lycanthropically challenged title character while Anthony Hopkins is stuck providing fatherly support (or more accurately, lack thereof, judging by the archetypically overinformative Hollywood trailer).


A disparate melange of accents unheard since Oliver Stone’s Alexander populate the film’s overly familiar Van Helsing-esque landscape. Hopkins again inexplicably chooses not to alter his Welsh accent, Geraldine Chaplin utilizes the generic creepy Eastern European affectation which only exists in movies, while one can only assume that Del Toro was born and raised in Mumblevania.


In its defense, the film’s special effects appear to be a respectable step above its increasingly effect-laden, quantity-over-quality competition. Also, the potential camp factor on this one is enormous. (Hopkins as Del Toro’s father? Seriously?)  At best, this one looks like passable popcorn-chewing summer entertainment. Problem is, this comes out in November. *sigh*



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