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by Sarah Zupko

15 Mar 2010


Christian Prommer
Drumlesson Zwei
(!K7)
Releasing: 13 April

German producer and musician Christian Prommer continues the sort of genre blending we love at PopMatters on his upcoming Drumlesson Zwei. “Sandstorms” is a Carl Craig cover and the album is a mix of old and new tunes. Sample the track below and check out the interview featurette with Prommer discussing the creation of the record.

SONG LIST
01 Sandstorms
02 Groove La Chord
03 Sleepy Hollow
04 Acid Eiffel
05 Oxygène Part IV
06 Jaguar Pt 1
07 Jaguar Pt 2
08 Sueno Latino
09 High Noon
10 Sandcastles

Sandstorms [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

15 Mar 2010


Will the Vampire Weekend promo blitz ever end? Number one on the album charts isn’t enough for these guys or their label. I guess it’s the “strike while the iron is hot” maxim because you may be yesterday’s news tomorrow. This is the latest volley from the band in the late night TV arena, last Friday night’s appearance on Fallon.

by Alex Suskind

15 Mar 2010


She & Him
Volume Two
(Merge)
Releasing: 23 March

M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel bring their second collaboration to light on 23 March, with 11 new original songs and two covers of tunes by Skeeter Davis and NRBQ. The duo recently performed an acoustic version of the lead-off track “Thieves” for the BBC. The duo’s first effort, Volume One, was a critical favorite in 2008. With indie darlings Deschanel on vocals and Ward on… well… everything else, the new album is currently streaming over on NPR.

SONG LIST
01 Thieves
02 In the Sun (Feat. Tilly and the Wall)
03 Don’t Look Back
04 Ridin’ in My Car (NRBQ cover)
05 Lingering Still
06 Me and You
07 Gonna Get Along Without You Now (Skeeter Davis cover)
08 Home
09 I’m Gonna Make It Better
10 Sing
11 Over It Over Again
12 Brand New Shoes
13 If You Can’t Sleep

“Thieves” (live) [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

15 Mar 2010


Morrissey goes all Wings of Desire on his latest video, a tune from the 2009 b-sides compilation Swords. Craig Carson said of this song last year: “‘Ganglord’ takes on the LAPD, and his venom is palpable: ‘They say ‘to protect and serve’ / But what they really need to say is / Get back to the ghetto.’ Never one to mince words, the track reminds me of the vitriol of the Quarry track ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’, but with a more sinister overtone. Not too many musicians of his stature would offer such unvarnished, ugly truth via a pop song. It’s a positive attribute or an Achilles heel depending on the listener, but one that sets Morrissey apart in a sea of apolitical, empty-headed entertainers.”

by John Bergstrom

15 Mar 2010


Venerable Australian band the Church are touring North America in April and May 2010, to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The acoustic shows will feature one song from each of the band’s 20-some albums.

All ticketholders will also get a copy of the new Deadman’s Hand EP. 

APRIL
2 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
4 – San Diego, CA – Anthology
5 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
6 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
8 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
9 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
13 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
14 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
15 – Chicago, IL – Park West
17 – Cleveland, OH – Winchester Tavern and Music Hall
18 – Ferndale, MI – The Magic Bag
19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
21 – Somerville, MA (Boston) - Arts at the Armory
22 – NYC, NY – City Winery
23 – Bay Shore, NY (Long Island) - Boulton Centre for the Performing Arts
24 – Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theatre 1894
25 – Falls Church, VA (DC) - State Theatre
27 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
28 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa Theatre
29 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
30 - Charlotte, NC - McGlohon Theater

MAY
1 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage

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