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Thursday, Jun 4, 2009

Tom Brosseau has always had a peculiar knack for melody that many of his peers do not. Learning from the school of Leonard Cohen, his melodies never quite go in the direction that the average listener’s mind would take them. This became apparent on first listen to his new single “You Don’t Know My Friends”, a barrage of lo-fi guitars and overloaded drums, much different from his quiet affairs on previous recordings. Although the recording is full of racket, the vocals are still crisp and take what would have been an otherwise bland, fuzzed-out guitar structure, and meld it into something special. Not to mention the single’s insanely clever lyrical content, i.e. “Looking gaunt and living on beans and rice / I’m beginning to laugh like Vincent Price.” Brosseau’s new record, Posthumous Success, is full of these moments that bring driving melodies, lyrical wit, and an unusual sonic palette together for moments of rarefied beauty.


Tom Brosseau
“You Don’t Know My Friends” [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009

When Oprah and Tyler Perry get together, you know it has to be important. This film received at standing ovation at Cannes and there is already deafening Oscar buzz for star Mo’Nique. Yes, from Charm School. Also, look out for the triumphant return of… Mariah Carey. One of the most hotly anticipated films of the year!



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Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009

This sequel looks to be every bit as gross and vapid as the first Twilight film, with wooden performances and lots of special effects abounding. Isn’t Dakota Fanning supposed to be in this?



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Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009

We think really highly of Passion Pit here at PopMatters, having just rated the band’s new album Manners an 8. Miike Snow, who has his own new record out which we’re reviewing soon, has conjured up a really funky remix of “The Reeling” off Manners.


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Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009

Moody music and fitting sepia tones in this new video from Spektor’s upcoming project Far.



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