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September 30, 2009

{Landon Pigg}

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Landon being, who has a song featured in the feature film Whip It and who's song "Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop", which you may recognize from the "Diamond is Forever" & AT&T commercials. Has just released his album The Boy Who Never.

Listen to a zip of "Falling In Love in a Coffee Shop" & "A Ghost" Right Here

Watch the video for "Falling In Love in a Coffee Shop" Here

Hear more from Landon Pigg's MySpace

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{The Pastels and The Tenniscoats}

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I recently received am email informing me of The Pastels and The Tenniscoats collaborative album titled Two Sunsets, which is out now via Domino Records.

El Perro Del Mar returns to the US to play coast to coast. She'll be playing most of the shows while on tour with Peter Bjorn and John.

Have a listen to their Jesus & Mary Chain Cover...

"About You"

Here's a video for "Vivid Youth"....



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{El Perro Del Mar}

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El Perro Del Mar (Sarah Assbring) is set to release her new album Love Is Not Pop via The Control Group on October 20th. Continuing to explore new styles and sounds, on this record El Perro Del Mar teamed up with Rasmus Hägg, the other half of the acclaimed Swedish duo Studio, as a co-producer!

El Perro Del Mar returns to the US to play coast to coast. She'll be playing most of the shows while on tour with Peter Bjorn and John.

Have a listen...

"Change of Heart"

Here's a video for the oldie "God Knows"....



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September 28, 2009

[Mayer Hawthorne}

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When you read about Mayer Hawthorne, you're likely to see phrases like "Motown influenced" or "retro soul", which is a bit odd from an artist off the hip-hop Stones Throw label.

His debut album, A Strange Arrangement (out October 6th), draws from the inspiration from Leroy Hutson, Smokey Robinson and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Holland, Dozier, Holland. The album is full of original (except the cover of The New Holidays 'Maybe So, Maybe No') sweet soul tunes!

Have a listen to a standout tune...

"Your Easy Lovin"

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{Air}

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Air's forthcoming sixth album, Love 2, is streaming now on the band's worldwide listening party website for the low price of an e-mail address! Love 2 officially releases October 6th!

Stream Air's Love 2 Right Here

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{Where the WIld Things Are Soundtrack}

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As the October 16th release date for the film nears, here's something to get excited about! The soundtrack for Where the WIld Things Are (by Karen O & the Kids) is now streaming!

Have a listen to the Where the WIld Things Are Soundtrack Right Here

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{The Soft Pack}

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I had San Diego pop rockers The Soft Pack's debut album The Muslims sitting in my inbox for awhile before I finally remembered to give it a listen...and I'm sure glad I finally did!

Have a listen...

"Nightlife"

"Extinction" (Courtesy of Citizen Dick)

Here's the video for "Extinction"...



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{Some Days are Better than Others}

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From the producers of Wendy and Lucy, Paranoid Park, and Old Joy comes Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick's debut feature film Some Days are Better than Others!

Shot primarily in Portland and the surrounding areas, Some Days are Better than Others is a poetic, character-driven independent feature film starring: James Mercer, Carrie Brownstein, Renee Roman Nose, and David Wodehouse. A charmingly melancholy look at abandonment, Some Days are Better Than Others asks the question, “Why do the good times slip by so fast while the sad times seem so sticky?”

Some Days are Better Than Others is a quirky black comedy about the disposable relics of our always-consuming society. It’s a film about growing up, growing old, and holding on to hope while looking for second chances.

View the Trailer Right Here...

Some Days are Better than Others (trailer) from matt mccormick on Vimeo.



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{Van Diemen's Land}

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A new trailer for Jonathan Auf Der Heide's Van Diemen's Land has recently popped up online!

This Australian thriller is about cannibalism during the early 1800s...so this one may not be for the squeamish. The title pertains to an actual piece of Australian wilderness known as Van Diemen's Land, referring to the island of Tasmania.

Van Diemen's Land tells the true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia's most notorious convict. In 1822, Pearce and seven convicts escaped from Macquarie Harbour, a place of ultra banishment and punishment, only to find a world less forgiving… the Australian wilderness.

View the Trailer Right Here...



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{The Raveonettes}

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Stream the forthcoming album In And Out Of Control from Danish noir-rockers The Raveonettes in it's entirety!

Watch The Raveonettes perform and discuss songs from their forthcoming release on the Chelsea Sessions

Have a listen to a couple of tunes right here...

"Last Dance"

"Suicide"

Or stream the album in it's entirety over on The Raveonettes MySpace

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{Ben Gibbard}

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Ben Gibbard has teamed up with Jay Farrar (Son Volt) to record a new album titled One Fast Move or I'm Gone, inspired by Jack Kerouac's book Big Sur.

The two will embark on a short tour with a stop in L.A. ay the El Rey Theatre on Friday, October 23rd (I got my tix!).

NPR premiered the new song "These Roads Don't Move" today, and I can't stop listening to it!

Have a listen from All Songs Considered

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{Lucero}

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Lucero released a new video for the song "Darken My Door"!

Lucero’s sixth studio album and major label debut, 1372 Overton Park, is due October 6 on Universal Republic Records.

Produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem) and featuring horn arrangements by legendary Memphis session player Jim Spake (Al Green, John Hiatt, Solomon Burke, Cat Power), the record marks a decided turn toward the Memphis soul sound that has long informed the band’s records from afar.

1372 Overton Park follows the band’s 2006 release, Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers, hailed by Pitchfork as “the best showcase for the band’s taut dynamic yet."

Watch the new video right here...

Darken My Door from Lucero on Vimeo.



Have a listen to a couple of standouts...

"Smoke"

"The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo"

Hear more from Lucero's MySpace

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September 22, 2009

{OohLaLA Festival}

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This one is for the locals...

The OohlaLA French Music Festival brings a great many French artists the Henry Fonda Music Box in LA this week (September 23/24/25).

Here's a list o some of the artists in town:

Sébastien Tellier, Poney Poney, The Shoes, Brodinski, Emillie Simon, Nouvelle Vague presents Hollywood Mon Amour, and Cocoon

Visit the Official Site for more info.

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{Ólafur Arnalds}

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From Twitter via Flikr to traditional record stores, Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds 7-songs in 7-days online series becomes physical!

With the critically acclaimed debut album Eulogy for Evolution and follow-up EP Variations of Static (both released on the cinematic music label Erased Tapes) under his belt, Icelandic neo-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds embarks on a brand new collection of tracks titled Found Songs. Each track from this series was created and released within 24 hours and made exclusively available online as free downloads.

Checkout the video for "Ljosid"...

Ólafur Arnalds - Ljósið (Official Music Video) from Erased Tapes on Vimeo.



Have a listen to the album Right Here

Or, here's a direct link to the tunes...

"Erla's Waltz"

"Raein"

"Romance"

"Allt Var Hljott"

"Lost Song"

"Faun"

"Ljosid"

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September 21, 2009

{Jay Sean}

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I've had British popster Jay Sean (featuring Lil’ Wayne) song "Down" stuck in my head for days now and I can't take it off my rotation!

The new single comes off the 2009 album My Own Way (U.S. edition).

Have a listen...

"Down" (Featuring Lil Wayne)

Here's the ultra-campy video...



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September 20, 2009

{A.R.M.}

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A.R.M. (M.anifest & Kru Kid with Budo) released the second single “Heaven Only Knows” from the forthcoming album Uprising album!

On this track the African Rebel Movement teams up with Brother Ali for a insanely catchy soulful tune.

Here's the video for "Hevean Only Knows"...



Download "Heaven Only Knows' as well as "Blame My Ego" and "I Shine" courtesy of East of LA

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{Ben Gibbard}

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Ben Gibbard has teemed up with Jay Farrar (Son Volt) to record a new album titled One Fast Move or I'm Gone, inspired by Jack Kerouac's book Big Sur.

The short tour will stop in L.A. ay the El Rey Theatre on Friday, October 23rd.

Tickets for the Ben Gibbard/Jay Farrar show will go on sale tomorrow (September 16th at 10:00am) via Ticketmaster.

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Also...as, I'm sure you've heard, Death Cab For Cutie will release the first single from the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack. The soundtrack is also rumored to feature Radiohead, Bon Iver, and Muse. The soundtrack will officially release on November 20th.

Have a listen...

"Meet Me On The Equinox"

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{True Blood}

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Now I don't about you, but I was unimpressed with the season two True Blood finale on sunday. I happen to think that the episodes with The Fellowship of the Sun were far more exciting than the finale!

Ok, I'm done venting. I will not fault the show, Heroes went in circles last season and Lost went absolutely nowhere in season two. In comparison, this was only one disappointing finale, and it won't turn me away from the drama of Bon temps!

Now, here's some video treats...

This is the True Blood promo video of Depeche Mode's "Corrupt You"...



Here's Bob Dylan's video for "Beyond Here Lies Nothin" (featured in the finale)...



Download...

Bob Dylan - "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

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September 15, 2009

{Monsters of Folk}

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The long awaited debut album from Monsters of Folk, aka Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), M. Ward (She & Him), and Mike Mogis (Saddle Creek Records alumni), is now streaming on their MySpace!

The album officially releases on October 22nd.

Stream the album in it's entirety over on Monsters of Folk's MySpace

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September 14, 2009

{Richard Hawley}

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Richard Hawley debuted the excellent somber new tune "For Your Lover Give Some Time", off his sixth forthcoming album titled Truelove's Gutter, out September 22nd on Mute.

Have a listen...

"For Your Lover Give Some Time"

Also listen to a few standouts from his last album Lady's Bridge ("Tonight the Streets Are Ours", "Roll River Roll" and "Lady’s Bridge") courtesy of Obscure Sound

Here's the new video "For Your Lover Give Some Time"...



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{Ed Harcourt}

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I just got these exclusive performances of singer songwriter Ed Harcourt on ShockHound in my inbox!

View the performances Here (Part 1) and Here (Part II) or view them right here...

Part 1 (The English singer-songwriter delivers "Shadowboxing" and "Caterpillar" from his perch in a friendly tree house)...



Part II (Ed Harcourt sings "Lachrymosity" (with special guest background vocals by the Langley Sisters) and "Killed By The Morning Sun")...



Listen to a new song "Catepillar" Right Here

Also here's a couple of standouts from Ed Harcourt's previous album The Beautiful Lie...

"Revolution in the Heart"

"Good Friends Ar Hard To Find"

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{John Woo's Red Cliff}

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Oh how i love early John woo movies...and how i love Wǔxiá films (a broad genre of Chinese fiction that concerns itself with martial arts adventures set primarily in ancient China)!

Magnet has just debuted the official US poster for John Woo's Red Cliff, his two-part ancient Chinese epic!

For those unaware, Red Cliff is a two part ancient Chinese history war epic that Woo shot in 2007. It actually debuted theatrically in China last July, but oddly, no US distributor ever bought it. It went on to make the most money in Chinese box office history (roughly $44 million)!

This film is an adaptation of Guanzhong Luo's novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms and stars Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, Hu Jun, Lin Chi-ling and Zhao Wei.

Look for Red Cliff in select theaters on November 13th...or if you're like me and don't like waiting hit up the nearest Chinatown dvd retailer (which should have the proper subtitle/dvd region).

Here's the Trailer (with US subtitles)...



Visit the Official Site for more info.

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{Fredrik]

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I got a new song from Sweden's Fredrik forthcoming album titled Trilogi in my inbox today!

The band released three EP's titled "Holm", "Ava" and "Ner", all fictional names roughly signifying "Frozen Forest Island", "Water Through Sound" and "The Inside Underground".

Fredrik now release the EP’s as a proper full length album out on November 17th.

Have a listen...

"Locked in the Basement"

Here's the wonderful video for "11 years" (from Fredrik's Na Na Ni album) made by Dutch experimental filmmaker Iris Piers....



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September 09, 2009

{Amanda Blank}

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I tried to get into Amanda Blank's debut album I Love You, but I just wasn't feeling it as a whole. There were however a few bright moments, none brighter than the Diplo produced track "Something Bigger, Something Better".

Diplo lays down an M.I.A. type beat that works well with Blank's sex romp vocals, making this an insanely catchy tune.

Have a listen (*fyi-This one is explicit and not suitable for work)...

"Something Bigger, Something Better"

Here's the video for "Might Like You Better' (Explicit)...



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{The Mountain Goats}

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle is coming out with a (sort of) Biblically themed album titled The Life of the World to Come on October 6th via 4ad Records.

The ninth track is titled "Matthew 25:21", and is a somber acoustic tune in which Darnielle sings of a friend battling chemotherapy, faulty brakes, and planes crashing. This is classic Mountain Goats that should please fans of his earlier work. The “People screaming when the engines quit/ I hope we’re all in crash position when we hit" line and the entire last verse make this (in my humble opinion) one of his best songs to date.

Have a listen...

Matthew 25:21"

Here's another new tune previously mentioned (this one should appeal to fans of Mountain Goats recent work)...

"Genesis 3:23"

Here's some classic Mountain Goats (absolutely essential if you haven't already picked up the Tallahassee album)...





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{Defendor}

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This forthcoming indie comedy titled Defendor stars Woody Harrelson as a wanna-be superhero.

The film is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival later this month, where it will be looking for a distributor. My guess is that this will get picked up pretty quickly. This should be easy to market to audiences that are currently infatuated with superheroes.

View the Trailer Right Here...



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September 08, 2009

{Ryan Adams}

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Ryan Adams has a new Web Site and has been promising new goodies to go with it. The rough demo of “Birthday” is the first to emerge.

This is probably my fav Ryan Adams tune, "Halloween"...



Here's another of my fav Ryan Adams songs. This is him on Letterman performing "Come Pick Me Up" (notice the 'Fuck me up' and 'Their all full of shit' lines are cut out seeing as this was on the telly)...



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{Little Dragon}

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Sweden's Little Dragon just released their second album Machine Dreams in Europe (it'll hit the States in October). The soulful Swedish-Japanese vocals of Yukimi Nagano steal the show once again!

Have a listen to "Looking Glass" and "Feather" courtesy of Stereogum

Here's the new video for "Swimming" made by Yusuke Nagano (Yukimi's father)...



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{Elliott Smith}

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A previously unreleased song from Elliott Smith recently surfaced online!

The song “Grand Mal” is apparently from his sessions for the XO album, for which this song nearly served as the title track.

Have a listen...

"Grand Mal" (Courtesy of The Rawking Refuses To Stop)

Here's a couple of classics. This is Elliott Smith performing "Between the Bars"...



Here's Elliott performing "Waltz #2"...



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{Whip It}

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I received an email about a Behind the Scenes featurette of Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It starring Ellen Page!

Also featured in the film are Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, rapper Eve, Zoe Bell ("Death Proof"), Alia Shawkat, Ari Graynor ("Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"), Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern, and Barrymore herself, while musician Landon Pigg (playing a musician) plays Page's love interest.

The film takes place in Bodeen, Texas with the indie-rock loving Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) trying to find a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in Austin and tries to join the Babe Ruthless. Fox Searchlight will bring Whip It! to theaters on October 2nd.

Watch the Behind the Scenes featurette or the Trailer Right Here

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{Kings of Convenience}

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The indie folk-pop duo from Bergen, Norway Kings of Convenience are returning with their third forthcoming album titled Declaration of Dependence, which is due out October 20th (or October 2nd overseas)!

Eirik Boe feels comfortable with both talking about the "serious thoughts" in his music as well as laughing about their "sophisticated Bossa Nova"-moments, while his partner Erlend Oye is obviously very excited about having recorded "the most rhythmic pop record of all times that gets by without percussion or drums".

Have a listen to "Mrs Cold" and "Boat Behind" courtesy of Cream Team

Here's the video for "Misread" (from the album Riot on an Empty Street)...



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September 03, 2009

{Weird Summer Mix}

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I am now going to redirect you towards Justin Gage's (from Aquarium Drunkard) excellent new "faded out late summer mix" from his new NY/LA mixtape/sound collage collaborative Mondo Boys, which I have been listening to constantly throughout the weekend.

The mix is nearly an hour of jams from: Os Mutantes, Fiery Furnaces, Little Joy, Love, Foreign Born, Otis Redding, Orange Juice, The Kinks and many more.

Here's the track listing:

Takeshi Terauchi & Bunnys: Mamurogawa Ondo
The Books: You'll Never Be Alone
Os Mutantes: Tempo No Tempo
Lind & The Linders: Gin No Kusari
Richard Swift: The Bully
Anne Phillipe: Onmatou Jours Dit
Atlas Sound feat. Noah Lennox: Walkabout
Richard Swift: The Bully
Jack & The Rippers: Cathy's Clown
Foreign Born: Early Warnings
Orange Juice: Falling and Laughing
The Nigerian Rhythm Group: The Wind In A Frolic // Giles, Giles & Fripp: Just George, Parts 1-3 Akron/Family: Ed Is A Portal
Elijah & The Ebonites: Hot Grits!!!
Love: Wonder People (I Do Wonder) (Outtake)
Otis Redding: Let Me Come On Home
Tandemoro: Medicine for Melancholy (Outtake)
Otis Redding: Stay in School (excerpt)
The Kinks: Picture Book
Jan Jelinek/G.E.S.: Laokoon Orinoco (excerpt)
Magnetic Zeros: Home
The Love Language: Providence
Javelin: Tell Me, What Will It Be
Little Joy: No One's Better Sake
Dara Puspita: Tanah Airku
King Khan & The Shrines: Que Lindo Sueño
The Michaels: Beach Sleeper (Outtake)
Best Coast: Something In The Way You Say My Name
Nancy Sinatra: Tonight You Belong to Me
The Love Language: Lalita
Fiery Furnaces: Benton Harbor Blues
Jan Jelinek/G.E.S.: Laokoon Orinoco (Excerpt)
The Equals: No Love Could Be Sweeter


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{Capitalism: A Love Story}

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The trailer for Michael Moore's forthcoming documentary Capitalism: A Love Story recently found it's way online!

The film explores the root causes of the global economic meltdown and takes a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in what Moore has described as the biggest robbery in the history of this country the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions.

Capitalism: A Love Story hits theaters on October 2nd.

View the Trailer Right Here...



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{Fanfarlo}

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London's Fanfarlo released a new video for their latest single "The Walls Are Coming Down". Their debut album titled Reservoir was self-released earlier this year and it is slowly working it's way into my rotation. Recommended for fans of Beirut or DeVotchka.

Have a listen...

"The Walls Are Coming Down" (Courtesy of The Glorious Hum)

Here's another new tune...

"Ghosts" (Courtesy of Blah Blah Blah Science)

Here's the new video for the second single "The Walls Are Coming Down"...



Also, here's the video for the first single off the album "Fire Escape"...



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{Sally Shapiro}

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I got a new song in my inbox from Swedish italo-disco artist Sally Shapiro's new album Disco Romance.

The album is described by Sally and producer Johan Agebjörn as "a bit more poppy and varied" than the debut, taking influences from genres like trance, cosmic disco, acid, ambient and jazz while still having 80's disco as its base, and definitely keeping the romantic feel of Disco Romance. "It will hopefully make you fall in love with the person sitting next to you on the bus," says Sally.

Have a listen...

"Dying in Africa"

Here's another new tune...

"Miracle"

Here's a couple of my old fav Sally Shapiro tunes...

"He Keeps Me Alive"

"I'll Be By Your Side"

Also grab a couple of remixes for "Find My Soul (Holy Fuck Remix)" and "Time To Let Go (CFCF Remix)", courtesy of Pasta Primavera

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