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Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009

Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave) and Boots Riley (The Coup) joined forces earlier this year to combine their vices of socially- and politically-driven music. The result of their merger was the Street Sweeper Social Club (SSSC). After massive amounts of touring, appearances, and YouTubing, SSSC has declared the song “Promenade” as their new single. Complete with an extended guitar solo, “Promenade” offers everything from funk, rap, ‘80s metal, to square dancing. The song starts out with a funky bass line, leading up to Riley’s lyrics in a hoe-down fashion, giving one the urge to jump around, do-si-do, head bang, and dance all at once.


About three quarters of the way through the song, Morello unleashes an uncharacteristic guitar solo. Straying from his classic turn-table scratching aesthetic, Morello’s solo is clean, sounding more like power rock from the 1980s. Eventually he throws in some trademark scratching, only to return to the power chords. Morello stated in a made-for-YouTube video that “Promenade” was chosen as SSSC’s newest single, “because people went absolutely buck nuts when we played this song in concert.” The song can bestreamed through SSSC’s website.



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Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009

Kings of Convenience
Declaration of Dependence
(Virgin)
Releasing: 20 October


It’s been five years since the last Kings of Convenience album, but Declaration of Dependence is almost upon us, preceding its arrival with a new (non-embeddable) video for the breezy, bossa nova “Mrs Cold” and a slightly-less-new video for “Boat Behind”.


SONG LIST
01 24 To 25
02 Mrs Cold
03 Me In You
04 Boat Behind
05 Rule My World
06 My Ship Isn’t Pretty
07 Renegade
08 Power Of Not Knowing
09 Peacetime Resistance
10 Freedom And Its Owner
11 Riot On An Empty Street
12 Second To Numb
13 Scars On Land



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Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009

The Clean have been making punk-interesting-pop since 1978. Their latest album, Mister Pop, released September 8 by Merge Records, maintains their Kiwi punk perspective, with a dash of the experimental.


Below are a few bites of The Clean: a performance from last year and a few vintage interview clips. Enjoy.


The Clean - Getting Older from Merge Records on Vimeo.


The Clean - Interviews from 1989 & 1994 from Merge Records on Vimeo.


Mister Pop is available on CD and digital download in the Merge store.


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Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009

The Dirty Projectors debuted a brand new song, “When the World Comes to an End”, last night on the illustrious Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and it was good. Then they did a private performance of the same song for the Roots backstage, apparently to prove that they were performing sans samples, and they acquitted themselves to the Roots’ exuberant pleasure.



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Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009

The Avett Brothers’ new album comes out today, and last night they performed the title track, “I and Love and You”, on The Late Show with David Letterman.



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