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JM for the Eyes, TP for the Ears

Quick update here with new video and music.

Jack’s Mannequin filmed performances of three tracks off their new album, The Glass Passenger for liveDaily Sessions. The session features acoustic versions of “Annie Use Your Telescope,” “Bloodshot,” and their latest single “The Resolution.” Download the mp3 version of all three performances using this link, and Saving Link As…

Also, Fueled by Ramen‘s indie/rock group This Providence released their The Bright Lights EP yesterday. The EP has three brand new tracks, as well as a “renovated version” of the previously released song “My Beautiful Rescue.”

Both bands are currently on tour and will be playing at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. Hammers and Strings: An Evening With Jack’s Mannequin and The Glass Passenger, with special guests Fun & Treaty Of Paris, will visit on Nov 20. The show is not yet listed on the 9:30 Club website, but tickets are available here. Meanwhile This Providence is supporting Reliant K on their Uncle Fest Tour and will appear in DC on Oct 21.



The Glass Listener

Depending on what time zone you’re in, and whether or not you’re on a G5 like some of my friends, Jack’s Mannequin’s latest album, The Glass Passenger , was released yesterday (or two days ago). I just received my copy today from smartpunk.com, complete with poster, dvd, and bonus track.

I was able to listen to the album yesterday by streaming it from altpress.com, and all I can say is that this is a strong album. True to what I’ve read in interviews, tracks from the record like “American Love” bring older bands to mind, such as Fleetwood Mac. The sound, also evident in both “Crashin” and “Spinning,” is a refreshing change of pace in today’s world of pop and rock, but definitely pays homage to a genre that influenced frontman Andrew McMahon.

The record’s first single, “The Resolution,” is by far the best song on the record. The resounding track obviously revisits McMahon’s 2005 leukemia diagnosis and reminds me of my two favorite songs from Everything in Transit, “Dark Blue” and “The Mixed Tape.” The rest of the album is a chip off the ol’ Jack’s Mannequin block. Unlike many similar acts, Jack’s Mannequin’s sophomore effort won’t need any time to grow on you. Definitely go out and acquire this CD and, if you can, try to listen to the bonus track “Miss California,” another true gem.

Also check out the music video for “The Resolution.” It was directed by the lady who authored the Twilight series of books, which means nothing to me. Apparently they’re books about vampires and rivals Harry Potter in cult-like popularity.

Jack’s Mannequin visits the DC area on Nov. 20 at the 9:30 Club. Speaking of shows, Tuesday night I went to see Farewell, Danger Radio, and nevershoutnever and tonight I just got back from seeing the guys in Sparky’s Flaw. Posts recapping those shows are coming soon. I’ve decided to cancel the final leg of my three day tour (The Rocket Summer, Phantom Planet, The Secret Handshake) to recoup from this apparent cold and to watch the Vice Presidential Debate.

Have you been able to listen to The Glass Passenger yet? What do you think? Do you think Gov. Sarah Palin is going to make a fool of herself at the debate? Do tell.