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Monday, Feb 2, 2009

“Dusty” is the best word to describe the video for the third single from Glasvegas’ self-titled album. Some sort of dust storm sweeps in as young people hang about in desolate-looking houses, giving each other meaningful looks (one so meaningful a shaft of light blasts out of the kid’s face). Suffice to say, it doesn’t seem to be a literal interpretation of the lyrics and it’s hard to tell what it’s all supposed to mean. It really reminds me a lot of the “Scotch Mist” episode of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace except with the cast of Skins (you Brits know what I’m talking about, apologies to everyone else). Anyway, the song is good, the album is better, and this video is… interesting… kinda.


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Monday, Feb 2, 2009
Great song. Even greater cause.

There are two very good reasons to post “People Got a Lotta Nerve”, the first single from Neko Case’s upcoming album Middle Cyclone (out March 3):


1.  It rocks.


2.  For every blog that posts this new track, Neko and her label Anti- will donate $5 to the Best Friends Animal Society (or $1 for every iLIKE user who posts it to their profile). So, listen to the song, watch Neko’s PSA below, visit www.bestfriends.org, and post the song to your own blog or iLike profile. This promotion ends on February 3.


Neko Case
People Got a Lotta Nerve [MP3]
     


Best Friends PSA


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Monday, Feb 2, 2009

Brooklyn’s adorable art-punks are back with their most ambitious and fun album to date. Grand was recorded in sessions both at their tiny Williamsburg apartment and in the cow pastures of Vermont. The video for their first single, “Daylight”, shows the duo rocking out in closets, bathrooms, cabs, dumpsters—even a refrigerator. check them out, they’re so damn cute.



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Monday, Feb 2, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Micheal Keefe said of Sarah Borges in relation to her 2007 release, Diamonds in the Dark, “Sarah can sing the heck out of anything, really. She has wonderful pop instincts, but never veers too close to slick, radio-baiting country pop. Her twang is sweet and supple, and her dedication to her material is infectious.” Borges returns with a new record, The Stars Are Out, on Sugar Hill March 24th. The new one is rockier, having been produced by Paul Q. Kolderie who has worked with Radiohead and the Pixies. Here’s the lead-off video, “Do It for Free”.



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Monday, Feb 2, 2009

Serendipity introduced me to Ray LaMontagne. I decided to just randomly download one of his songs, and after hearing his one song “Trouble”, I decided to download every song that he has written. His voice, is rough, yet soothing.. .a sultry juxtaposition. His influences are Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, just to name a few.  LaMontagne’s words aren’t as complex and lyrical as Bob Dylan’s, but his acoustic, folk-inspired style brings you back to a different era in music. I wouldn’t recommend driving to his music, but put this music on when you are having a late night and you will be instantly relaxed, and find yourself surrendering into a dreamworld.



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