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by Sarah Zupko

20 Aug 2009


Canada’s Spiral Beach has a unique performance style, putting on wildly interactive shows where the band kicks up their heels with the audience and even are known to cook for the crowd on occasion. These events routinely last until dawn. Now that is Concerts 2.0. Spiral Beach’s new album (The Only Really Thing) hits U.S. shores on 22 September and you can get a sense of their poppy sonic mayhem on this live video for “Domino” that we are premiering today. It’s one of the highlights of the new record. Full release details and an MP3 of the tune are below the jump.

by Christian John Wikane

20 Aug 2009


PopMatters’ Christian John Wikane talks about his massive project documenting the history of Casablanca Records that is running this week.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Aug 2009


Andrew WK
55 Cadillac
(Skyscraper Music Maker/Ecstatic Peace)
Releasing: 7 September (UK) / 8 September (everywhere)

Hmm… the rocker makes a record of solo piano tunes and he says he wants them to sound like songs he’d be playing in a car. There’s a video to try to explain this. But then he is a classically trained musician, so perhaps he’ll pull it off in the end.

SONG LIST
01 Begin the Engine
02 Seeing the Car
03 Night Driver
04 Central Park Cruiser
05 5
06 City Time
07 Car Nightmare
08 Cadillac

by PopMatters Staff

19 Aug 2009


Various Artists
Beat Dimensions 2
(Rush Hour)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 Dorian Concept - Be Tween
02 Nosaj Thing - FWD
03 Zo aka La Chauve-Souris - The Peacock Revolution
04 Low Limit -Turf Day
05 Danny Breaks & DJ Adlib - The Sound
06 P.U.D.G.E. - Reign Dancing With…
07 Dizz1 - Konotakosuke Yaro
08 Samiyam - Swamp Tarts
09 Mike Slott - Cadeting
10 Mono/Poly - Distant Form
11 Ras G - Crazy Alien
12 Dimlite - Ravemond’s Young Problems
13 Devonwho - Welts
14 Erik L - Soularp Suite Pt. 2
15 Kenlo Craqnuques - ZoÏd
16 Tiago - Babel Fish
17 Dalt Wisney - R2FUX
18 Fulgaence - Haggis
19 Exile - Super Robot
20 Busy - Ecliptic Armilla

Nosaj Thing
“FWD” [MP3]
     

by Faye Rasmussen

18 Aug 2009


Third Eye Blind
Ursa Major
(Megaforce)
Releasing: 18 August (US)

Stephan Jenkins clearly has some things he’s needed to get off his chest over the last six years and to the fortune of the fans, the silence has been broken today and expressed in the form of Third Eye Blind’s fourth album Ursa Major. But, Jenkins and company have come back from hiatus with some aces in hand: incorporating some new instruments and adding depth both musically and lyrically. 

They’re kept with their edgy lyrics, with songs like their first single, “Don’t Believe a Word” Jenkins pens, “We like thugs when they attack / And we like crime when it’s black on black.” Or the softer, acoustic “One in Ten”, about a woman who doesn’t return the singer’s feelings of love, primarily because she’s in love with a woman: “Love doesn’t come in perfect packages / That means I qualify.” With lyrics like this, in addition to new music build-ups and chorus crescendos that blast through your speakers, it’s hard to not not drum on the steering wheel. Or take a listen to “The Dao of St. Paul” where the band opted for a gospel choir to round the end of song, and album, out.

But for the not-so-die-hard, you have songs like “Summertown” or “Waterlanding” that deeply resembling the memorable hooks and catchy lyrics that the popular consensus drank up and imbibed in 1997.  The band, has not forgotten what it takes to make a worthwhile CD, and if anything, they’ve only improved their craft over the last six years.

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