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New Albums, Reissues, and Remixes

Indie pop duo Matt and Kim recently announced the release of their fourth album, titled Lightning. The album won’t be out until October 2 (a wonderful birthday present for me!), but the first single, “Let’s Go” should hold you over for a little while. It’s perfectfor summer (as is most of their music), and comes with an accompanying video of Pete “The Roc” and his impressive basketball skills. The anticipated album, entirely self-produced, will be out on the FADER label in the fall.

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard will be releasing a solo album. Much like on of my favorite artists, Jack White, Gibbard has started/played in many bands including Death Cab, the Postal Service, and Pinwheel. Unlike Mr. White, who put out a solo album earlier this year featuring all new songs, Gibbard’s album showcases twelve previously unreleased songs written over the course of his musical career. The album, entitled Former Lives will be out October 16.

Throwback! Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü and Sugar has announced the reissue of all three of Sugar’s studio albums as well as recordings of live performances. Mould had been playing Copper Blue and the Beaster EP in full in concerts leading up to the announcement of the reissues. Sugar has been hailed as Bob Mould’s greatest contribution to music (by critics as well as himself) and though the early 90’s band was short-lived, they released two full-length albums and one EP. Copper Blue, Beaster and File Under: Easy Listening will be released in two sets including B-sides and live performances.

Of Monsters and Men came out of nowhere (actually, Iceland) earlier this year with their infectious hit “Little Talks” and though they boast two other popular singles off their debut album My Head is an Animal, not many bands have remixed their songs. Perhaps it is because the group’s beautiful layering of instruments, sweet intertwining of male and female vocals, and huge soaring poppy-but-still-unique riffs do not need remixing- or perhaps, as Passion Pit has shown with their remix of “Little Talks,” because it is really hard.

The upbeat remix might allow Of Monsters and Men to begin taking over dance clubs with its synth-y bouncing beats, but at some of its finer points, the remix falls short. The rhythm and flow of the original song doesn’t quite match up with the added elements, producing a slightly offbeat effect. Despite a few awkwardly slowed-down or sped-up lines, the remix is sure to get Of Monsters and Men even more play than ever.

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