“When your opponent states clearly that ‘our #1 job in the next two years is to make sure you don’t have a second term—our #1 job is to defeat you and to embarrass you,’ you don’t respond with Kumbaya….”—Michael Moore
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Brother Ali is back to doing what he does best; making hip-hop music with some substance. His newest album, Us delves into the deep issues of the human condition; the strengths and flaws that make us all human. “Breakin’ Dawn” is the second official video from the album, which was released September 22, 2009. The video is an epic five-minute tale, beautifully drawn by animators Rob Engle, Dave Irion, and Evan Sheldon. You can also find Brother Ali on the “How the Grouch Stole Christmas Tour” with The Grouch, Eligh, and Los Rakas.
Sounds of shock, wonder, and ecstasy are easily mistaken for one another, and it’s this type of mystery that the Moon Wiring Club feed off of. This collection of recycled TV clips seems mostly secondary to showcase the new tune, but that girl shining the weird light in her eye is pretty mesmerizing.
From the semi-16mm black and white suburban lawn noodling to the explosion of the flower power in the chorus, the video for Tamaryn’s “Dawning” is as honest a genre replication as is the song, which goes for pure dreampop affect. Luckily, they’re better at it than others who’ve attempted the same thing in recent years.
Upon listening to former Czars-frontman John Grant’s first solo record, Queen of Denmark, one feels the kind of awe usually reserved for rock heroes of old. It is, quite simply, one of the great records of 2010. Mojo magazine gave the album its seldom-bestowed five-star, “instant classic” rating, and influential LA blog Aquarium Drunkard called it “a new cult classic”.
Earlier this year, Grant opened for Queen of Denmark producers and backing-band Midlake, turning audiences across the country on to his special brand of heart-bearing indie songcraft. Now he’s headlining his own US tour this December, starting 12/4 in Chicago (complete tour dates after the jump). These shows are not to be missed.
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