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Rock 'n' Roll Call: A.C. Newman - Shut Down The Streets

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Shut Down the Streets

The latest from A.C. Newman is "Shut Down The Streets" and it's on Matador Records. Newman is the New Pornographers leader - a band with five albums - this is his third solo album. Newman plays whimsical pop songs, too many of which are over produced and under thought through and out of focus - sort of like putting on granny's glasses by mistake as the initial "oh, wow" quickly becomes "huh?" The keepers are "There's Money in New Wave" and "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns," both hook-filled and memorable, but on the others, Newman's reach does not exceed his grasp.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Dylan LeBlanc - Cast The Same Old Shadow

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Cast The Same Old Shadow

Dylan LeBlanc has a new one out on Matador - his second and that would be "Cast The Same Old Shadow." It's slo mo and languid sad songs by a young twentysomething who has no business being this depressed. He is a southerner, so maybe the general election didn't work out as planned or else he just watched Ken Burns' "The Civil War," or most likely, Miss Take did the usual on a tender heart. "Chesapeake Lane" is probably the best one here as this one just misses being something special. Then again, LeBlanc is only 22, sort of a redneck Neil Young will fewer guitars and life will get worse.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It

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Put Your Back N 2 It

The latest from Perfume Genius is "Put Your Back N 2 It" and it's on Matador Records. Mike Hadreas is the genius in question and he's basically a solo piano guy who gets all emotional and carried away on these intense but ultimately winning tunes. More Elton John than Jack McMahon, Hadreas has this haunting voice going on during these slo mo rockers - no single song stands out - nothing sucks - it's all good as far as bummer music or music to hang yourself by - clearly, music to give your full attention. Like me, you may want the first one as well.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: David Byrne and St. Vincent - Love This Giant

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Love This Giant

David Byrne - he's the skinny, elastic former Talking Heads dude - along with St. Vincent, actually Annie Clark of Polyphonic Spree - both are ably assisted by a cool horn section, resulting in an album, "Love This Giant" and it's on 4AD, I think one of Matador's many aliases these days. The two mugs on the album cover clearly look Halloween ready, nearly scary enough to make a freight train take a dirt road, the result is funky, quirky, weird and pretty entertaining - did I say weird - yet somehow alluring. I saw a good one back in '82, the Talking Heads and Black Uhuru at the SB County Bowl - David Byrne will be at the Arlington on Thursday, 11 October, might be fun. All of this reminds me of one of my greatest journalistic foul-ups - I called David Byrne John Byrne, who at the time was the artist on the Fantastic Four or back when I had a serious collection of 73 boxes of Silver Age Marvels. Now I'm sad.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Cat Power - Sun

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Now I like cats more than I like most people and here comes Cat Power - aka Chan Marshall and she has a new one - her ninth - and that would be "Sun" and it's on mighty, mighty Matador. Well known as tortured artiste, Marshall totters on the verge of the indifferent on some of these but on others, she's the cat's meow, such as on the title track and "3,6,9," as she samples the Cupid song and adds some steam heat to the already sticky scenario. This one gets a bit draggy in the middle - as in back to Songwriting 101 - but the "Manhattan" song has this cool jazz groove and on "Nothing But Time," she's joined by that gravelly voiced survivor, Iggy Pop. Basically, Marshall's a tough chick trying to figure things out and letting us hang out for a bit. She's probably a trip live - not sure I'd go, however. Pet your cat in any case.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: The Young - Dub Egg

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Dub Egg

The new one from Texas band The Young is "Dub Egg" and it's on Matador Records, one of the great indie labels. Can't win 'em all - this one's a loser all down the road - it's moan and groan, strum and dumb '60s garage rock or one bad, long song that stops 10 times. No melodies, no hooks - just hope. If these guys can get a deal, your crappy little band, well, who knows? Fully as inept as recent Lone Star political flops such as George Bush - the worst president ever - whistlehead Rep. Louie Gohmert and current Gov. Jesus McBangBang as Bill Maher so ably described Rick Perry.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years

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Cherish the Light Years

The latest by Cold Cave is from last year and it's "Cherish the Light Years" and it's on indie heavyweight, Matador Records. There's an insightful observation on the liner notes: "You Can Do Anything You Want But You're Here." This is CC's second album and it's a one man band which probably will not break up without something Freudian or messy. Wesley Eisold seems to be channeling Echo & the Bunnymen, New Order and the Smiths - not bad folks to be into. Love the first line of "The Great Pan Is Dead," the album opener: "Tell me when the world is ending/You won't be there still pretending..." It's propulsive synth pop, smartly done with hooks galore - you'll love them (him?) the first time, especially if you remember when MTV had VJ's and music. If it was 1985, Eisold would be like a god.

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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
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