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by Katharine Wray

29 Sep 2009

Releasing: 26 October (UK) / 3 November (North America)

Morrissey releases Swords, a compilation of 18 b-sides from his last three albums, in about a month. The first copies will also include a bonus of performances recorded in Warsaw in July.

01 Good Looking Man About Town
02 Don’t Make Fun of Daddy’s Voice
03 If You Don’t Like Me, Don’t Look at Me
04 Ganglord
05 My Dearest Love
06 The Never-Played Symphonies
07 Sweetie-Pie
08 Christian Dior
09 Shame Is the Name
10 Munich Air Disaster 1958
11 I Knew I Was Next
12 It’s Hard to Walk Tall When You’re Small
13 Teenage Dad on His Estate
14 Children in Pieces
15 Friday Mourning
16 My Life Is a Succession of People Saying Goodbye
17 Drive-In Saturday
18 Because of My Poor Education

01 Black Cloud
02 I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
03 I Just Want to See the Boy Happy
04 Why Don’t You Find Out for Yourself
05 One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
06 You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby
07 Live Is a Pigsty
08 I’m OK by Myself

Check out his West coast tour dates after the jump.

by Faye Rasmussen

29 Sep 2009

Dan Deacon is heading back out on tour next week with Nuclear Power Pants. Deacon, who is also a visual artist, is combining both of his passions into one big contest for fans (or those just trying to get some extra cash).

To celebrate the upcoming release of his album, Bromst, Deacon had the company Post Typography design an amazing new poster which includes 243 cartoon characters. In order to win this contest, your job is to ID all of the characters portrayed within the poster—be the first one to get them all correct and an amazing prize package awaits you! The contest ends at midnight, November 17.


1. $500 cash
2. A portrait of you painted by Dan Deacon
3. One of the last copies of Wham City Box set #1
4. A copy of each of Dan Deacon’s first 8 impossible-to-find releases

Send your submissions to: [email protected]

The complete tour dates are after the jump.

by Tyler Gould

25 Sep 2009

There was a time a few years ago when Sufjan Stevens, if he gerrymandered a district in such a way as to include music fans of a certain indie persuasion, could have made a successful run for Congress. Illinois had just come out, and the more starry-eyed among us were ecstatic at the prospect of 48 more state-themed albums.

Those salad days are now long behind us, with nary a song to show for it, aside from a few outtakes, Christmas songs, and a multimedia project. But don’t despair! Yon multi-talented music-maker is on tour right now, and he comes bearing good tidings and the gift of new song. “There’s Too Much Love” has his characteristic charm and a sojourn into unexplored territory that is, to say the least, enticing. Video below, remaining tour dates after the jump.

by Katharine Wray

25 Sep 2009

School of Seven Bells
Alpinisms Deluxe Edition
Releasing: 3 October

School of Seven Bells is releasing a deluxe edition of their debut album, Alpinisms, October 3rd. In this case, “deluxe” means a digital-only version with all the original songs plus 9 bonus tracks of reworkings, remixes, and alternate takes of tracks from the critically acclaimed album.

Their new version of “Iamundernodisguise” sounds like an estrogen-laced version of Fleet Foxes, only what that band does with guitar strings, sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza do with their voices.

School of Seven Bells kick off their first North American headlining tour tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA. Depreciation Guild, Phantogram, Warpaint, and The xx are among the openers on the tour. Check out the rest of the tour dates after the jump .

01 Iamundernodisguise
02 Face to Face on High Places
03 Half Asleep
04 Wired for Light
05 For Kalaja Mari
06 White Elephant Coat
07 Connjur
08 Sempiternal/Amaranth
09 Chain
10 Prince of Peace
11 My Cabal

01 Wired For Light (Live Drum Version)
02 Half Asleep (Alternate Version)
03 White Elephant Coat (Early Demo Version)
04 Caldo (Live on Stereogum’s Decomposed)
05 Sempiternal (Alternate Version)
06 Iamundernodisguise (Vocal Mix I)
07 My Cabal (Early Mix 07)
08 Connjur (Alternate Version)
09 For Kalaja mari (Drum Outtake Mix)

School of Seven Bells
Iamundernodisguise (Vocal Mix I) [MP3]


by Katharine Wray

22 Sep 2009

The 69 Eyes
Back In Blood
(The End Records)
Release: 15 September

Helsinki metal band The 69 Eyes jump on the vampire wagon with the video for “Dead Girls Are Easy” off their just-released album, Back In Blood, also available for free download.

01 Back In Blood
02 We Own The Night
03 Dead N’ Gone
04 The Good, The Bad & The Undead
05 Kiss Me Undead
06 Lips of Blood
07 Dead Girls Are Easy
08 Night Watch
09 Some Kind of Magick
10 Hunger
11 Suspriria Snow White
12 Eternal

The 69 Eyes
Dead Girls Are Easy [MP3]


Tour dates after the jump!

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