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Jarvis Cocker Throws Around Some Glitter

Jarvis CockerJarvis Cocker’s second solo album Further Complications comes out next month, and the first track to make its way out to the Internet is “Angela,” a bit of raucous rock with lyrics that are just naughty enough to inspire you to shake your ass while seated at your desk. (You might want to get up first, so as to not spill your coffee.) More »


Charlotte Hatherley Is Feeling Minty Fresh

Charlotte Hatherley—the former Ash guitarist who’s also the newest member of Bat For Lashes—has a U.S. label for her forthcoming album Cinnabar City, which will come out on Minty Fresh at an unspecified date this summer. The first single, “White,” represents something of a shift from her last album, the spiky The Deep Blue; it’s a moody rocker propelled by a thick guitar line that recalls the best moments of (swoon) Helium. (And it makes me pretty sure that the “Carrie” she’ll be emulating in the song’s clip is the pig’s-blood-drenched one, not the Manolo-wearing one. Whew.) MP3 after the jump.

Charlotte Hatherley – White [MP3 link removed]
Charlotte Hatherley [Official site]

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Comet Gain Loves Without Lies


Today at Pitchfork, Scott Plagenhoef got in some nice digs at both the American noise-pop underground and the state of UK indie in his review of new Next Big Thing Glasvegas. Some choice cuts:

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Hot Chip And Robert Wyatt Are Free

If you go to this site and give Parlaphone your… More »


KristeenYoung And Patrick Stump Bring The Drama

KristeenYoung* has teamed up with Fall Out Boy mutton chop master Patrick Stump for the dramatic duet “That’s What It Takes, Dear.” Under the supervision of the super-awesome Tony Visconti, “Dear” rumbles and thunders its way over spiky pianos and low synths to its going-for-it conclusion. It’s rather minimalist in arrangement, but big-sounding, which ain’t easy. I hate to pigeonhole, but there’s definitely a mid-period Tori Amos vibe here which is undeniable, particularly in its rhythmic construction. I don’t consider this a bad thing at all, and I’ve got nothing against melodrama, particularly in music that might have an outside shot at going mainstream. Young sounds like she feels it, and Stump, with some smooth walkdowns, is a nice foil. In a world of Vivian Girls and Coathangers, I like to hear people that sound like they give two craps. I approve. I’m also rooting for Patrick Stump, who seems an affable fellow and provides a welcome counterbalance to the the garish pretty boys of Alternative Press covers.

KristeenYoung feat. Patrick Stump – That’s What It Takes, Dear [MP3, link expired]

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Max Justus + Robots = <3

Max Justus is a 20-year-old, Kansas City-based electronic composer whose stuff comes off like the love child of Harold Faltermeyer and my old NES, which is to say it hits me in all the right spots. He revels in just making beats and bleeps and throwing them out there, and there’s always a hint of softness and beauty behind the retro goodies. It’s rare that this kind of thing strikes me as emotionally generous and fun.

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The Law Would Like To Hear About Your Haul From Santa

thelaw.jpgIn our final installment of Enter Snowman, holiday-music expert Jon Solomon–whose 20th annual 24-hour Christmas show kicks off at 6 p.m. ET!–shares a seasonal classic from the Boston-via-Iowa punk outfit The Law:

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Light Up The Tree, Mister President (And Bring John Lennon With You)

wandlaura.jpgThe efforts of Clear Channel’s programmers have probably helped you already get sick of holiday music, but there are many fine celebratory songs that would never cross their airwaves out there. To help cut through the clutter we’ve asked Jon Solomon, whose 20th annual 24-Hour Holiday Radio Show on WPRB kicks off at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, to offer up some seasonal cheer in MP3 form. Today’s song brings together George W. Bush and John Lennon’s Christmas wish for the world:

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Surefire Broadcast Gets Snowed In

surefirebroadcasttttt.jpgThe efforts of Clear Channel’s programmers have probably helped you already get sick of holiday music, but there are quite a few seasonally appropriate songs worthy of your time out there. To help cut through the clutter we’ve asked Jon Solomon, whose 20th annual 24-Hour Holiday Radio Show on WPRB kicks off at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, to offer up some seasonal cheer in MP3 form. And you may be interested to know that he uses the phrase “early-’90s pop 45s” to describe the song he’s brought our way today:

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Delaware Throws A Rainbow-Colored Christmas Party

rainbowcovers.jpgThe efforts of Clear Channel’s programmers have probably helped you already get sick of holiday music, but there are quite a few seasonally appropriate songs worthy of your time out there. To help cut through the clutter we’ve asked Jon Solomon, whose 20th annual 24-Hour Holiday Radio Show on WPRB kicks off at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, to offer up some seasonal cheer in MP3 form. Today, he brings us a few Christmas tunes from the Delaware bands Walleye, Zen Guerrilla, and Bullette:

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