August 25, 2009 It took nearly eight years to make, but Circulatory System's breathtaking new album, Signal Morning, justifies the wait. The 17 new tracks, culled from hours of recorded material and meticulously pieced together in more than half a dozen different studios, are sonic wonders. Signal Morning assembles a mysterious and mesmerizing world of orchestrated chaos that offers new discoveries with each listen.
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August 21, 2009 by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton
We cats need a week off. Here's your chance to catch up on some stuff you might have missed.
Did you see the Tiny Desk Concert with The Swell Season?
August 20, 2009 by Robin Hilton
This probably makes me a whiny codger, but I've always loathed visiting Web sites that automatically play audio or video as soon as the page loads. Maybe all I want to do is read a little bit or look at a photo gallery. Forcing ...
August 20, 2009 by Robin Hilton The Antlers, the Brooklyn-based band behind one of this year's best albums (Hospice), has released its first-ever video. Directed by Ethan Segal and Albert Thrower, it's a beautifully animated companion to the Hospice song "Two."...
August 19, 2009 The Music Tapes, a sweetly quirky group of artists based in Athens, Ga., play with the innocent abandon and wild imagination of wide-eyed children. Admittedly, the group's toy pianos, singing saw, pump organ and various other mechanical instrumen...
August 19, 2009 by Robin Hilton
The College Music Journal's annual music and film festival, held each fall in New York City, is expected to feature more than 1,300 bands this year. Though organizers haven't finalized the list of performers, this morning they an...
August 18, 2009 Download "Just A Thread" by Silk Lung (Right-click or control-click to save to your computer).
I realize musicians have been making home recordings for years now, but I continue to be impressed with the quality and depth of what some of them come...
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August 14, 2009 by Robin Hilton
I was only two months old when the now legendary Woodstock music festival was held on Max Yasgur's farm near Woodstock, N.Y. During the rainy, muddy weekend of August 15-17, 1969, 32 acts performed for a crowd of nearly 500 thous...
August 13, 2009 by Robin Hilton
Download "Never Tell" by Drug Rug (Right-click or control-click to save to your computer).
Drug Rug seems like an entirely random name for a band. But apparently it's what you call a kind of striped poncho "hippies" wore back in...
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August 13, 2009 Legendary guitarist and inventor Les Paul has died at the age of 94. Gibson Guitar is reporting Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York with his family and friends at his side.
August 13, 2009 by Robin Hilton
As we noted earlier this week, the members of Radiohead are saying they're more interested in releasing singles now, instead of another album. And so far it looks like they're keeping their word. They released the single "Harry ...
August 11, 2009 by Robin Hilton
Download "When They Fight They Fight" (Right-click or control-click to save to your computer)
Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer are two New Orleans-based musicians who write and record under the name Generationals. The duo's newly rel...
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August 10, 2009 "None of us want to get into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again," Yorke says in the July/August issue of Believer.
August 7, 2009 by Robin Hilton
Soul singer and multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq and his gifted guitarist/backup singer, Rob Bacon, took the red-eye from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., and landed early this morning, when it was still dark out. When they s...
August 7, 2009 As if the year couldn't get any better for new music, we finally got an early copy of the upcoming Circulatory System album, due out on Sept. 8. It's called Signal Morning.
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