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Friday, Apr 16, 2010

This Saturday, April 17, is Record Store Day, which is self-explanatory enough. To lure consumers away from iTunes and into stores to buy CDs and maybe even vinyl, indie retailers—provided you can still find one where you live—are offering loads of interesting one-offs and reissues, along with in-store performances by some heavyweight acts. The list of bands participating is pretty impressive, from Against Me! at Plan 9 Music in Richmond, VA, Drive-By Truckers at Harvest Records in Asheville, NC, and Yo La Tengo at Rhino Records in Claremont, CA. The official Record Store Day website has more information on special offers and live performances. And if it doesn’t seem too counterintuitive to you, you can hear a couple of exclusive Record Store Day tracks from Beach House streaming online, courtesy of Sub Pop.


  Beach House - The Arrangement by subpop


  Beach House - Zebra (UK Radio Edit) by subpop


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Thursday, Apr 8, 2010

Longtime fans of Everything But the Girl (meaning those who date back to Love Not Money and Eden, not just “Missing”) will be excited to hear that Tracey Thorn is back with a new full-length album in May 2010. The first single, “Oh, the Divorces!” will feature a cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Taxi Cab” as a B-side, not to mention some truly inspired cover art. Go to traceythorn.com for more information.



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Monday, Apr 5, 2010

The Hold Steady
Heaven Is Whenever
(Vagrant)
Releasing: 4 May


The Hold Steady have been dropping pre-release tracks from their forthcoming album, Heaven Is Whenever, like they’re going out of style, offering up three new songs as exclusive premieres on various online sites. The album is among the most anticipated of the spring, especially since the band has been trumpeting a change in direction this time around from its thinking man’s bar-rock anthems to something “sonically more diverse”, as guitarist Tad Kubler puts it. Don’t know if any of the three leaked numbers stray too far from the Hold Steady’s consistently winning formula, but we’ll find out soon enough when Heaven Is Whenever comes out in May.


SONG LIST
01 The Sweet Part of the City
02 Soft in the Center
03 The Weekenders
04 The Smidge
05 Rock Problems
06 We Can Get Together
07 Hurricane J
08 Barely Breathing
09 Our Whole Lives
10 A Slight Discomfort


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Sunday, Apr 4, 2010
Arg! And here I was just sifting through the current news, looking for health care coverage, but got assaulted with this crap in the headlines.

Lt. Dan Choi in front of the WHite House,
handcuffed to the gate in his military fatigues,
discharged from being gay.


Wow, other people’s moral judgments just get sicker and sicker. Just goes to show that it never pays to ask a people to deny themselves.  Caution, when I watched this clip streaming on CNN.com, it was preceded by a candy bar commercial where a family father ogles over a trio of teen girls in front of his wife who stands next to him struggling with their infant. The sweet confection gave the man time enough to think of an amenable excuse for checking out the prepubertal set of scantily clad young maidens: “I’m looking at potential babysitters,” he finally blurts out after his candy-snack jack. He was gonna exploit them one way or another—or both! In the same warped universe around the same warped time, there was also story about an announcement made over the PA system in a retail shop in Jersey: “Attention Wal-Mart customers, all Black people leave the store now.” So, this should all situate the following clip about a military service woman being granted a marriage license by one state, outed to her government employer by the police, and dropped by the sidelines by our society in the same warped nation-state. Ask. Tell. And See this:


 


 


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Thursday, Apr 1, 2010

The Doors and Various Artists
When You’re Strange (Songs From The Motion Picture)
(Rhino)
Releasing: 6 April


Tom DiCillo’s new documentary about the Doors explores the band’s history and provides new insight on the impact the classic rock legends made on music. The documentary was narrated by Johnny Depp, who also provides audio for the film’s soundtrack (he reads a selection of Jim Morrison’s poetry). The album is now streaming over on Spinner and includes interviews and live performances by the band.


SONG LIST
01 Poem: Cinema - By Johnny Depp
02 Poem: The Spirit of Music - By Johnny Depp
03 Moonlight Drive
04 Poem: The Doors of Perception - By Johnny Depp
05 Break On Through [To The Other Side] [Live at The Isle
06 Poem: A Visitation Of Energy - By Johnny Depp
07 Light My Fire [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show] [Mono]
08 To Be a Real Superstar [Interview Segment] - By Jim
09 Five To One
10 Poem: Wasting the Dawn - By Johnny Depp
11 When The Music’s Over [Live on Danish TV] [Mono]
12 The Four Of Us Are Musicians / I’d Like Them To Listen
13 Hello, I Love You
14 Dead Serious [Interview Segment] - By Jim Morrison
15 People Are Strange
16 Poem: Inside the Dream - By Johnny Depp
17 Soul Kitchen
18 Poem: We Have Been Metamorphosized - By Johnny
19 Poem: Touch Scares - By Johnny Depp
20 Touch Me
21 Poem: Naked We Come - By Johnny Depp
22 Poem: O Great Creator of Being - By Johnny Depp
23 The End
24 Poem: The Girl of the Ghetto - By Johnny Depp
25 L A Woman
26 Poem: Crossroads - By Johnny Depp
27 Roadhouse Blues
28 Poem: Ensenada - By Johnny Depp
29 Riders on the Storm
30 Poem: As I Look Back - By Johnny Depp
31 The Crystal Ship
32 Poem: Goodbye America - By Johnny Depp


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