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Friday, Sep 18, 2009

While I am not the first to say this, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to the Meat Puppets. On 12 May 2009 the grunge-era rockers made a triumphant return to rock music with the release of their critically acclaimed album Sewn Together. Marking the second album since the band reunited in 2007, Sewn Together has been described as clever and more polished than past works. In an interview with Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic, Meat Puppets bassist, vocalist, lyricist and producer Cris Kirkwood said: “Sewn Together (which followed 2007’s Rise to your Knees) represents Curt and I getting beyond the fact that we’re just back together. I think the singing is better than ever.”


To celebrate the newish album the band has released a brand-new music video for the single “Rotten Shame”. They have also been touring more vigorously than ever before. In attempts to connect with fans, both new and old, the band has been accepting set-list requests for their live shows at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Tour dates after the jump.



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Thursday, Sep 17, 2009

It seems inevitable that if you haven’t heard of the Scottish band Glasvegas, you probably will soon. Their self-titled debut album was released in January of this year, and had been nominated for the Mercury Prize for best album of 2009, though it lost to Speech DeBelle’s Speech Therapy. Tack on live performances on Carson Daly and Craig Ferguson, playing a set at Lollapalooza and it’s no wonder they found themselves touring with U2 only a handful of months later. To finish up the year, Glasvegas is currently touring with Kings of Leon throughout Canada and some parts of the U.S (dates after the jump).


Yesterday, the band released their second U.S. single, “It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry”. The single, which Bono declares is “one of the best songs [he’s] ever heard”, comes paired with a video which features a more intimate look into the mind of lead singer James Allan as he contemplates his inner quarrels with love:



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Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009

Stop it Sindri! I keep getting lost in your dewy eyes. Sindri Mar Sigfusson, bandleader of the whimsical pop-folk group Seabear, has just announced North American tour dates in support of his solo project Sin Fang Bous. Alongside Múm, this tour is to promote Sin Fang Bous’s first record Clangour, off Morr Music. Clangour explores Sigfusson’s personal musical ambitions with a thoughtful quilt of eclecticism: layered instrumentation and electronic hooks, colorful yet subtle melodies, and swirling vocals that keep you in a trance. Such pop ingenuity has led many to make comparisons between Sin Fang Bous and other experimental acts like Animal Collective. What separates them is that Animal Collective thrives on a dissonant, jungle-riffic street sound. It almost feels like it’s coming from an alien city. Hailing from Reykjavík, Sin Fang Bous’s songs are homemade quaint morsels of vibrant aural color. Clangour is a controlled chaos that is kind to the ears. These “pocket symphonies” remind you just how precious, and maybe fragile, the man and his music really are. Look below for his video for “Advent and Ives”, a free download of “Catch the Light”, and click through the jump to see the tour dates.


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Catch the Light[MP3]


     



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Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009

Working class rockers, Meat Puppets, are heading out on the road to finish off a year already full of touring to promote their latest album, Sewn Together. They also have a brand new video for their single, “Rotten Shame”. Check out the dates after the jump.



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Monday, Sep 14, 2009

Juliette Lewis is like that woman in the bar who’s gotten into fights (and won) and ain’t no fool to a man’s game. She infuses this feral power into her high octane rock ‘n’ roll, however cheekily hyperbolic it may be. On The Late Late Show, Juliette Lewis talks about her new album Terra Incognita, released this week on The End, and produced by Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez. The interview’s loud vs. louder tone makes for some comedy, but give credit to Ferguson for being one of the few TV interviewers out there who actually lets their guests speak without being patronized or victim to a barrage of verbal assaults. When Lewis describes herself as “a Little Prince in a Mad Max world”, it is incredibly apropos.


Adopting a tundra of Bat for Lashes-like garb with a hard rock edge, Lewis thrusts into a maelstrom of screechy vixen vocals, menacing guitar riffs, a torrent of drums, and eerie romanticism on Terra Incognita. Distinct from her past work with the Licks, lyrics of brazen debauchery are superseded by Lewis’ outcries of despair and longing. In “Noche Sin Fin”, Lewis’ terror in the night ends with declamations of immortality, “I, I, I, I will never die”, and is one of Terra Incognita‘s stronger tracks. Lewis will go on tour for Terra Incognita in the fall, beginning on September 11th in Toronto. Backed by new band, the New Romantiques, Lewis’ performance of Terra Incognita‘s “Fantasy Bar” maxes out her pixie-bizarre card, prancing around like a rock ‘n’ roll Alkonost in midnight blue:



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