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Interpol's Paul Banks To Release New EP

May 3, 2012

According to indie record label Matador‘s blog (Matablog), Paul Banks of Interpol is set to release Julian Plenti Lives …,  a five-track solo EP, on June 12.  Interestingly enough, Julian will precede the debut of Banks’ full-length LP in the fall.

The EP — which features covers of J Dilla, Frank Sinatra, and Harold Faltermeyer songs — will be available everywhere digitally, with 2,300 vinyl and 1,500 CD limited-edition copies made available worldwide.  Proud collectors can pre-order physical copies here.

The EP’s focal track is titled, “Summertime is Coming” — which, adjectivally, is described by Matablog as “brooding.”  The remaining track will be an all-instrumental piece.

Fun fact:  Harold Faltermeyer is the German composer responsible for some of the 1980s’ most iconic synthpop-laden scores and soundtracks, including Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, and my personal favorite, The Running Man.  How cool is that?

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Track Awareness: "Into Giants" by Patrick Watson

April 20, 2012

I have always found the association of certain musical sounds with a specific season to be one of the more quirky elements of the music listening experience. Possibly the most prolific (and as such, easily defined) ‘musical’ season is summer, with many pop stars releasing singles to accompany an unabashed two-months of amusement for middle school kids all over the globe. While I may have lost some of my taste for sunny Katy Perry singles, I still have a strong appreciation for summer songs, and their mellow accompaniment on warm August nights.

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The "Oh Shit" News of The Week Award Goes To: The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

April 20, 2012

Sultans of psychedelia The Flaming Lips have released a limited edition double-LP in an abstract-colored vinyl format recently, through Record Store Day 2012.  Apparently titled by Elmer Fudd, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends is a meta-collaboration of the likes once seen in 2009’s Dark Night of the Soul, which starred the odd pairings of Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse (R.I.P.), the Lips, and others.

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Tour (Up)dates: Explosions in the Sky

February 8, 2012

Austin-based post-rockers Explosions in the Sky recently sent out the details of their Spring tour, via e-mail.  As far as us District of Columbians go, it doesn’t look like we’ll be in on their beautiful, symphonic rock.  Hopefully, some of you fans in the wilds of the Midwest and West Coast live adjacent to one of the following venues.  Mark your calendars!

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