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by Faye Rasmussen

15 Oct 2009

The fourth studio album, Battle Studies from the seven-time Grammy winner, John Mayer, is set to be released on November 17th. This album, which Mayer also produced, will be his first release in three years. Battle Studies was recorded in a private home in California where Mayer lived and worked over the course of six months before wrapping at the famed Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

In addition to the new album release on November 17th, the singer will also perform songs from the new CD that night at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. Tickets for this event are only available to past members of Local 83, Mayer’s fan club, as a thank you for years of dedication. For those people who are not fan club members, you can catch the show on the Fuse Network, which will have a live broadcast of the show at 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central. Be sure to check for live backstage footage leading up to the broadcast.

Here’s the first single off the album, “Who Says”, to occupy yourself for a month’s time:

by Eleanore Catolico

15 Oct 2009

Grizzly Bear will release a special edition of the exalted Veckatimest both in the US and the UK on November 2nd.  The special edition features a twenty-four page photo keepsake and a second bonus live CD recorded during their worldwide tour.  Also check out their performance of “Two Weeks” on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Beach House chanteuse Victoria Legrand provides the enthralling back-up vocals.

Bonus Material:
01 “Southern Point” (KCRW Session)
02 “All We Ask” (KCMP Session)
03 “Ready, Able” (KCRW Session)
04 “Foreground” (Duyster Session)
05 “Two Weeks” (BBC Maida Vale Session)
06 “Dory” (World Café Session)
07 “While You Wait for the Others” (BBC Maida Vale Session)

by Tyler Gould

14 Oct 2009

Embryonic is out, and this is on it. The album version features Karen O—no such luck for the still-lovely Conan performance:

by Tyler Gould

14 Oct 2009

Múm member Ólöf Arnalds’ debut, Við og Við, came out three years ago in Iceland, and finally hits the States on November 17th. Here are “Klara” from the album and a cover of John Prine’s “We’re Not the Jet Set” live in the KEXP studio.

by Allison Taich

14 Oct 2009

In honor of Devendra Banhart’s major label debut, What Will We Be, the musician has released an unofficial video for the album’s 13th track “Walillamdzi”. The video features images from the recording sessions, which took place this past spring in Northern California. Two of the album’s singles, “Baby” and “Angelika”, are also available for streaming via Devendra’s MySpace. What Will We Be is due out 27 October, 2009 on Warner Bros. Records; it was co-produced by Banhart and Paul Butler (from UK outfit Band of Bees).

//Mixed media

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

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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