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This isn’t really a throwback Thursday though that is what I usually write. But I am not quite sure what it is…

So I read this book recently called Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth put out last month by PM Press. It’s about political tendencies that have an aspect of end-of-the-world gloom and doom. It covers a various range of topics over its short length – from the environmental movement’s attempts to mobilize people through fear of the impending global collapse to right-wing catastrophists like Anders Breivik, who fear the end of the world is coming fast and multi-culturalism is the cause. it’s a good and very interesting book that I highly recommend.

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So I couldn’t decide if I should post this, because it is so clearly a publicity stunt.  But at the same time, it’s one of the more bad ass publicity stunts I’ve come across (and I’m digging the song it’s promoting), so here goes:

Sweden’s Shout Out Louds are releasing their first song in three years, “Blue Ice,” as a 7″ single. Made of ice. Yes, ice.  The bad news? You probably can’t have one.

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The first time I came across Montreal-based Devon Walsh aka Majical Cloudz was when he collaborated with Grimes on the track “Nightmusic” off her 2012 album Visions.  And when I posted that video for you back in May,  I made a point to mention how much I hated the name/spelling of Majical Cloudz.

So, more than six months later, the name still grates on me – must be the former second grade teacher in me.  But I’m going to have to get over that pretty soon, because I’m completely taken by his song “What That Was,” from his EP Turns Turns Turns due out December 3 via Merok.

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Everybody have a good celebration of turkey and colonialism?  Remember, it’s only 1 month until Christmas, so you’re in the home stretch in terms of 2012.  If you’re a student, it means you have anywhere from one to three weeks to cram in all your final papers and exams.  Are you stressing yet?  I know I am.

Whether it’s you’re first day back at work after the break or the first day of your last minute cramming, I’ve got the song for you.  Check out this slow jam from a band that’s going to be on the top of everybody’s “Best of 2012″ lists: Chromatics.

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I was looking back at the archives and it’s been almost two months since a take cover has been posted.  Thank god Zola Jesus has come to end that tribute song drought.  And with a Rihanna song? It must be Christmas.

Zola Jesus posted her cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” this week as “a small thank you to [her] friends and followers.”  Rumor has it that she picked the song based on a fan’s suggestion via Twitter.

So, you know what that means, right?  Start tweeting Zola Jesus immediately, demanding she cover Mariah Carey, Tiffani, and TLC right away.  And don’t even try to lie and tell me that wouldn’t be amazing.

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The first round of bands for SXSW 2013 has been announced, and there’s a number of names on that list that will be familiar to 70DW readers, including Akron/Family,  Alt-J, Fear of Men, and Why?

Also making the list is Brooklyn-based Guards, who I posted about back in September when they released the track “Silver Lining.” That track comes from their forthcoming debut album, In Guards We Trust, which will be released on February 5th via Black Bell Records.

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I don’t know if Tame Impala intended to make the aural equivalent of an acid trip with their latest album, Lonerism, or if the record just ended up that way.

Either way, they’re sticking with the theme on their latest video for the song, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” The crazy thing is, given the trippiness of their video/visualizer for “Elephant,” I’m not even sure  this is even the most psychedelic video they’ve made this year.  Whether you are impressed of horrified probably depends on whether you are the mother of a teenager listening to Tame Impala.
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You know I’ve been digging on Fear of Men‘s sound for a few months now, but I hadn’t really given much thought to their band name.  But as I was doing some digging recently, I came across an interview that asked them about the name’s origin, specifically if they were in fact “man-hatin’ feminists,” to which the singer/guitarist Jess replied,

Haha! Er, no, it’s more about equality – an equal split. It’s also about mortality anxiety; and an evocative, strong title for the project.

But don’t worry, they’re not one of those “I’m not a FEMINIST but…” folks. (Hint to people still using this phrase: you don’t need to apologize for believing in equality. It’s cool. It’s 2012.)  Instead, Jess told the interviewer:

Dan and I got together through a shared vision of making feminist, interesting pop music and using the band as a way to explore what we’re reading or thinking about.

So if you didn’t have enough reasons to be digging Fear of Men, that’s one more.

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