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June 1, 2007

CHECK THE LEAK: Square Circle, "III"

Reviewing the torrents so you know what's worth the lawsuit

SQUARE CIRCLE

III

Palindrome Records

Slated for release Aug 1., 2007

 

 

By Matt Weiss

SCORE: 52.13

Unconfirmed cover art for Square Circle's forthcoming album.

Since their debut, indie rock upstarts Square Circle seemed poised to go the distance. Dubbed “the Band Without a Sound” for their chameleonic style, they became the toast of Williamsburg overnight. Beyond their instant-classic songwriting and ADD approach to genre, the foursome have brilliantly posed themselves as characters: sneering brat Spencer Savard shares frontman duties with Nick Crandall, the band’s shaggy man of mystery; bassist Jacob Overman moonlights as the band’s eccentric brand ambassador; and the low-key Bill Bright has asserted himself as one of the best drummers in indie rock history. In April, the band announced their bid for world domination was coming this summer, in the form of a new album with the ambiguous title "lll" (are those capital i's or lowercase l's?). The wait is over: an unmastered version of the new record has leaked.

So does the band live up to their almost impossible hype? The answer, in a word, is no. The answer, in two words, is fuck no, and the answer in 20 words is, Who the hell at Palindrome Records let this overprivileged posse of poseurs make such a spectacular failure of a record? Square Circle have reinvented themselves yet again, rendering their songwriting, musicianship, and even their vocals unrecognizable, only to prove that it amounts to nothing. Only their indelible lyrics remain, but it’s too late: their act is what we always feared, a great big gimmick, empty as a hot tub on a sweltering summer day.

The final master of "lll" will be released by Palindrome Records on August 1, 2007.

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May 29, 2007

VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR: 

Boîte à Musique presents Marlee Higgins Clark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






 

French documentarians Boîte à Musique bring us their most incredible "Spontaneous Spectacle" yet with New York-based, Southern-raised folk singer Marlee Higgins Clark. An enchanting stroll through the New York subway and a visit to an equally romantic apartment set a delightful mood, but a twist of fate and an infectiously crafty create nothing short of magic.*

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THE SHORTLIST

The National, Boxer

Feist, The Reminder

Modest Mouse, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Root Cure, Interior Da Sein

Marlee Higgins Clark, Only the Fig Tree Saw

Beirut, Lon Gisland EP

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Starring Ruby McCollister

Directed by Leah Victoria Hennessey & EJ O'Hara
Written & Edited by Jack Levinson