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by Tyler Gould

2 Oct 2009


If I were a sentient scarecrow and I were so ineffective that crows had no qualms about perching on my shoulders, I would probably be knotted with anguish and existential despair. The delightful Maxwell Sorensen-directed video for the title track from These United States’ Everything Touches Everything depicts a more devil-may-care farm appliance, who chooses instead to throw caution to the wind and rock out with his sworn avian nemeses. The song is big, both in its chunky, delicious chords, its finger-mashing treatment of the piano, and its unbridled enthusiasm, as the band sings, “it is breathtaking just to be here”. The video could not be more fun. It just couldn’t.

But wait, there’s more! These United States have just announced a bunch of tour dates with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, which you can find after the jump.

by Tyler Gould

2 Oct 2009


Here’s John Darnielle playing the final track on his upcoming album, “The Life of the World to Come”, which comes out this Tuesday.

by Tyler Gould

2 Oct 2009


Robyn Hitchcock
I Often Dream of Trains in New York
(Yep Roc)
Releasing: 10 November

This CD/DVD set includes most of Hitchcock’s 1984 album, I Often Dream of Trains (minus “Furry Green Atom Bowl”, plus a few odds and ends), performed live at Symphony Space in New York, of all places. There will be a deluxe package, which folds out into a working phenakistoscope, which is sort of like a one-person zoetrope, which is… maybe Wikipedia can help. He’ll be going on a short U.S. tour this month, check the dates after the jump.

01 Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl (cassette fragment)
02 Nocturne (Prelude)
03 Flavour of Night
04 Cathedral
05 Sounds Great When You’re Dead
06 Uncorrected Personality Traits
07 I Used to Say I Love You
08 Winter Love
09 This Could Be the Day
10 Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus
11 Trams of Old London
12 My Favourite Buildings
13 That’s Fantastic, Mother Church
14 Heart Full of Leaves
15 Autumn Is Your Last Chance
16 I Often Dream Of Trains
17 America
18 Up To Our Nex
19 Goodnight I Say

by Ashley Cooper

2 Oct 2009


In 1994, Madonna made a historic appearance on the Dave Letterman show. The host was flabbergasted as Madonna cursed, used sexual innuendos repeatedly, and decided that she would not leave the set in an effort to rebel against American television. As a result, ratings went through the roof, the censors had their hands full, and many were worried about the Material Girl’s mental state.

Fast-forward fifteen years to 2009. The two have since buried the hatchet, and Madonna appeared on the Letterman show again to promote her CD, Celebration. This time around, she was able to remind her fans of the refined woman that she has evolved into, while still keeping the laughs appropriate for late-night television. The appearance concluded with Madonna and Letterman sharing a slice of New York-style pizza, which the singer had somehow managed to avoid her whole life.

by Faye Rasmussen

2 Oct 2009


The Black Lips have released their fourth video from 200 Million Thousand, titled “Let It Grow”.  The band chose director Matt Dilmore to film the video using the Vidster, a late ‘90s toy camera, to create a unique effect incomparable in resolution to today’s hi-def standards. 

To follow up on their summer festival appearances at NXNE, Athfest, Pitchfork, and the Capitol Hill Block Party, the Black Lips have planned a fall tour at select cities:

TOUR DATES
10/09/09 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10/17/09 Portland, OR @ Scion Garage Fest
10/28/09 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
10/29/09 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
10/30/09 Memphis, TN @ Young Ave Deli
10/31/09 New Orleans, LA @Voodoo Experience

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