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Posted at 9:34 AM ET, 08/28/2008

September Mixtape

By David Malitz

Love is in the air on the September Mixtape with a handful of husband-wife entries -- Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, and the Silver Jews (the greatest band in the world, of course). There are also a pair of second generation acts -- rocker Liam Finn and reggae star Tarrus Riley. Plus '90s flashbacks from Stereolab and Robert Pollard, '60s flashbacks from Booker T and the M.G.'s and the recorded debut of the Afrofunkiest band in town, Chopteeth.

"In the New Year" - The Walkmen (Sept. 6, 9:30 club)
If you need a moody, mid-tempo rock song with some howling vocals, reverb-laden guitar, spooky organ and shuffling drums, the Walkmen are absolutely your band.

"Second Chance" - Liam Finn (Sept. 6, Rock and Roll Hotel)
More proof that songwriting ability is genetic -- the son of Crowded House's Neil Finn proves on his solo debut that he can craft catchy, guitar/drum/sample-based tracks like this one.

"Hi Friend" - Deadmau5 (Sept. 6, Ibiza)
Party music, plain and simple. Not chill out, not IDM, but 2 a.m.-in-the-middle-of-a-sweaty-dance-floor house.

"Every Day Is Sunday" - The Slackers (Sept. 7, State Theatre)
The best don't-call-them-a-ska band that rose to sorta-prominence in the '90s is still kicking out the best rocksteady/reggae/jazz/rock jams in the land.

"Preacher's Theme" - Spindrift (Sept. 9, Velvet Lounge)
If someone were to do a remake of the Sergio Leone classic "Once Upon a Time in the West" -- probably a terrible idea, honestly -- these West Coast psych rockers are more than up to the task of scoring it.

"Strange Victory, Strange Defeat" - Silver Jews (Sept. 10, Black Cat)
An uplifting indie-country-rock song from the world's best band. David Berman always drops a few lyrical gems into each song: "What's with all the handsome grandsons in these rock band magazines? / And what have they done with the fat ones, the bald and the goatee'd?"

"Empty Legs" - Thank You (Sept. 11, DC9)
Surging, spiky, spastic instrumental rock from ... you guessed it, Baltimore!

"Night of the Hunter" - Tussle (Sept. 14, Comet Ping Pong)
This tune from the San Francisco band's upcoming album is like an indiefied Deadmau5 (see above). It still has a big and bouncy beat, but the extra clanging and weird noises add some intrigue without losing the rhythm.

"She's Royal" -- Tarrus Riley (Sept. 14, Crossroads)
Lover's Rock done right from the second-generation roots reggae singer.

"Digital Monkey" - Balkan Beatbox (Sept. 17, Black Cat)
Former Gogol Bordello member keeps the gypsy sounds but trades in punk for an electro-hip-hop fusion with a touch of dancehall.

"Rattlin' Bones" (YouTube video) - Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson (Sept. 17, Birchmere)
Australian husband-wife duo team up for some old-school country, hence the old-school country song title.

"Cut Self Not" - Faraquet (Sept. 18, Black Cat)
If you like Medications (the band, not, like, pills, although honestly, it probably works for both) you should love Faraquet. Why? Because Faraquet was two-thirds of Medications, playing slightly more angular and aggressive math rock back in the late '90s. They just got back together because, well, that's what bands do these days.

"Dog Days" - Chopteeth (Sept. 20, Black Cat)
The local Afrofunk Big Band -- you heard about them first here, remember that -- is finally ready to release its debut album and as this song proves, it's as hot and funky as you'd hope and expect.

"Here With Me" - Jennifer O'Connor (Sept. 21, Jammin' Java)
Gimmick-free singer-songwriter gets by with a pleasing voice, catchy songs and thoughtful lyrics. Refreshing.

"Green Onions" (YouTube clip) - Booker T & the M.G.'s (Sept. 21, 9:30 club)
It's always nice to break out the vintage video clips of classic R&B tunes and this is no exception. Pure hotness.

"Lost" - Meat Puppets (Sept. 23, 9:30 club)
If you only know Meat Puppets from Nirvana's episode of "Unplugged," you need to get yourself better acquainted to the band's acid-damaged cow punk output.

"Here Comes My Ship" - Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby (Sept. 25, Jammin' Java)
It's a happy Stiff Records homecoming for Wreckless Eric, who had a hit on the seminal U.K. label 30 years ago with "Whole Wide World." His excellent new album, made with wife and "Diary of a Mod Housewife" songstress Amy Rigby, finds him still producing memorably off-kilter songs.

"Winston's Atomic Bird" - Robert Pollard's Boston Spaceships (Sept. 27, Black Cat)
In the time it took you to read this blurb, the former Guided By Voices frontman has written four more great indie-rock anthems.

"Amazing Grace" - Blind Boys of Alabama (Sept. 28, Kennedy Center)
You'd think that by now it would be impossible for this song to surprise you, but the legendary gospel vocal group puts the hymn to melody of "House of the Rising Sun" and it'll floor you, guaranteed.

"Lo Boob Oscillator" - Stereolab (Sept. 30, 9:30 club)
The Moog-heavy, Krautrock-influenced icons are back with a new album, but I'll offer up this blissful track, which features Laetitia Sadier's seductive French vocals and a pulsing groove. Also, it has the word "boob" in the title.

-- David

By David Malitz  | August 28, 2008; 9:34 AM ET
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No disrespect to The Walkmen, but they will be the second most talented act to perform at 9:30 that night.

Posted by: Kev | August 28, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

How can you forget Rusted Root on 9/29 at 9:30?

Posted by: Mel | September 3, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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