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by Eleanore Catolico

22 Sep 2009

Eskimo Snow
Releasing: 22 September

Bay Area art-poppers Why? release Eskimo Snow today on Anticon. This time around, their music has a more folksy panache littered with lyrical introversion, a break away from the primal rap and angst-ridden beats of Alopecia. Watch Why? perform “Eskimo Snow”, a somber synth-ballad whose quiet reflections viscerally ring true.

01 These Hands
02 January Twenty Something
03 Against Me
04 Even the Good Wood Gone
05 Into the Shadows of My Embrace
06 One Rose
07 On Rose Walk, Insomniac
08 Berkeley by Hearseback
09 This Blackest Purse
10 Eskimo Snow


by Faye Rasmussen

21 Sep 2009

Ancient Lover

Tigercity has released their new single, “Fake Gold”, a precursor to their new LP Ancient Lover, which can be purchased at their shows or online.

This is the Brooklyn pop band’s first single since their 2007 release of Pretend Not to Love, which drove critics like Rolling Stone to call them “our new favorite band”. Tigercity will be bringing their synthesizers all over the country for their U.S. tour, which should resonate with fans of Prince, Hall and Oates, and getting down on the dance floor. Catch the tour dates after the jump, or listen to the “Fake Gold” and get in touch with your inner ‘80s fan.

01 Fake Gold
02 Mallory
03 Ancient Lover
04 Fall of Graz
05 James Iha
06 Quicksand
07 My Type
08 Red Lips
09 A Better Place
10 Watching The Mountains
11 Matter Of Time

Fake Gold[MP3]

Fake Gold (Only Children Remix) [MP3]


by Faye Rasmussen

21 Sep 2009

Lymbyc Systym
Shutter Release
Release Date: 3 November

Lymbyc Systym’s Jared and Michael Bell have done much preparing for the release of their second album, Shutter Release, due in stores on November 3. The brothers drew inspiration for the second album through late night phone calls to one another. The brothers, living in Austin and Brooklyn respectively, would sing melodies and coordinate and craft rhythms together over the phone and from this give and take, the record began to take shape. The ten song album came together using such instruments as organs, vibraphone, analog synthesizers, banjo, glockenspiel, African percussion, and even a toy piano. 

To promote the release of the Shutter Release, the brothers are hitting the road with The Books and Iron and Wine. There are two remaining shows available to catch the Bell brothers live:

09/25 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
09/26 Princeton, NJ Terrace F. Club

In addition to touring, the first single off the album, “Ghost Clock” is available as an MP3 download.

Song List
1. Trichromatic
2. Ghost Clock
3. Interiors
4. Bedroom Anthem
5. Kubrick
6. Contemporary Art
7. T-Ball
8. Shutter Release
9. Teddy
10. Late Night Classic

Ghost Clock - Lymbyc Systym

by Allison Taich

18 Sep 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.

by Faye Rasmussen

17 Sep 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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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

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