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    The New York City rock band the Van Pelt have announced Artisans & Merchants, their first new album in 26 years. It’s the follow-up to 1997’s Sultans Of Sentiment, and it’ll be released in March. The band has occasionally been active over the past decade, putting out an album’s worth of rarities, Imaginary Third, in 2014 and playing some shows, but this is the first new material the band has recorded in over two decades. Today, they’re sharing a music video for lead single “Punk House.” Here’s what the band’s Chris Leo (brother of Ted) had to say to Brooklyn Vegan about it:

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    Next week, San Diego musician Scott Murphy is releasing a new album as triton., Sundown In Oaktown, which was co-produced by Geoff Rickly. The rollout for it has been going on for a bit now, with three singles to show for it: “orchids,” “_EMBRKDRO_, ” and “bougainvillea.”
    One of its tracks, “alcatraz_,” features contributions from Rickly and Tim Payne — that’s out today. “I love this song. I wrote the guitar for this over ten years ago, sitting on the beach in Kona, but never really did anything with it,” Murphy noted. “Working on the album with Geoff Rickly, it was never gonna be complete without getting him on a song.” He continued:

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    Big week for Phoebe Bridgers. (Aren’t they all?) This week, Bridgers announced a new boygenius album; she’s also got featured spots on just-announced albums by the National and Arlo Parks. And in a new NME cover story, Shame drummer Charlie Forbes reveals that she also appears on their forthcoming album Food For Worms, which is out next month. But you might not be able to hear her.

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    LA jazz performer and producer Sam Gendel is an everywhere-all-at-once sort of musician. Over the last few years, he’s collaborated with Vampire Weekend, contributed to Animal Collective’s For The Bids: The Birdsong Project, covered “Old Town Road,” and released a bunch of his own albums (the most recent one being last year’s blueblue, where every track was named for a pattern within the traditional Japanese embroidery style of sashiko). Now, the prolific sax player is announcing a new themed album, COOKUP, coming Feb. 24 via Nonesuch Records.

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    A new album inspired by Miles Davis’ 1970 classic Bitches Brew is set for release in March via Concord Jazz. London Brew is packed with UK jazz players, including Benji B, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings, Dave Okumu, Tom Skinner, and more. Brought together by producer and guitarist Martin Terefe and executive producer Bruce Lampcov, the group recorded London Brew in December 2020 at Paul Epworth’s Church Studios in London. Today, they’re sharing the album’s first single, “Miles Chases New Voodoo In The Church.”

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  6. Rows of GeForce Now servers

    Enlarge / It's not actual GeForce RTX 4080 cards slotted into GeForce Now's "Superpods," but Nvidia says the hardware is pretty close. (credit: Nvidia)

    Cloud-based gaming service GeForce Now's new Ultimate tier is rolling out today, promising a series of adjectives about game streaming that might have seemed impossible just a few years ago: high-resolution, ray-traced, AI-upscaled, low-latency, high-refresh-rate, and even competition-ready.

    I tested out the Ultimate tier, powered by Nvidia's RTX 4080 "SuperPODs," for a week on a server set up for reviewer early access. If I hadn't been hyper-conscious of frame numbers and hiccups, I could have been tricked into thinking the remote 4080 rig was local. Ultimate streaming can also be "better than local," such as when it lets you stream a AAA, ray-traced game on a low-powered laptop, tablet, or TV with no console attached.

    Ars had previously described our GeForce Now 3080 experience as "dreamy" and called the performance "a white-hot stunner that rivals the computing power you can muster" with the same RTX 3080 card in your PC. It's easy to lay at least the same kind of praise on the new Ultimate tier. It replaces the previous RTX 3080 option with the next generation's chipset for the same price ($20 per month, $99 for six months). That might be a steep price tag for a service that mostly makes you buy your games, but given the 4080's $1,200 price, the rent-versus-buy question is worth considering at this level.

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  7. Steve Jobs posing with the Lisa in 1983.

    Enlarge / Steve Jobs posing with the Lisa in 1983. (credit: Ted Thai)

    Forty years ago today, a new type of personal computer was announced that would change the world forever. Two years later, it was almost completely forgotten.

    The Apple Lisa started in 1978 as a new project for Steve Wozniak. The idea was to make an advanced computer using a bit-slice processor, an early attempt at scalable computing. Woz got distracted by other things, and the project didn’t begin in earnest until early 1979. That’s when Apple management brought in a project leader and started hiring people to work on it.

    Lisa was named after Steve Jobs’ daughter, even though Jobs denied the connection and his parentage. But the more interesting thing about the Lisa computer was how it evolved into something unique: It was the first personal computer with a graphical user interface (GUI).

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    Last we heard from J. Cole, we got the rapper’s Gangsta Grillz mixtape, released in April 2022. Cole also guested on a bunch of singles, including Smino’s “90 Proof,” BIA’s “LONDON,” YG and Moneybagg Yo’s “Scared Money,” and Benny The Butcher’s “Johnny P’s Caddy.” Well, tonight J. Cole and producer Bvtman have shared a brand-new track called “Procrastination (Broke).” The new cut comes more than a year after Cole dropped his 2021 LP The Off-Season.

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    The UK electronic dance duo Overmono, aka brothers Ed and Tom Russel, have built up a sterling reputation in recent years via their purportedly breathtaking DJ sets and a long list of impressive singles and EPs. They’re finally releasing their official debut album this spring via XL. Good Lies, which features last fall’s St. Panther collab “Walk Through Water,” is heralded today with the arrival of “Is U,” a frenetic, garage-inflected dancefloor love song that might have you swooning for the Russel brothers in addition to your crush. Hear “Is U” below, where you’ll also find “Walk Through Water.”

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    Brattleboro, Vermont post-punkers Thus Love — comprising three self-identifying trans artists, Echo Mars (she/her), Lu Racine (he/him), and Nathaniel van Osdol (they/them) — signed to Captured Tracks just under a year ago. Since then, they’ve released a debut album, last October’s Memorial, and appear to be prepping more new material. On the heels of their upcoming January/February tour with Dry Cleaning, Thus Love are sharing a guitar-charging, attitude-packed new song called “Put On Dog,” which also has a video. Watch it below.

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  11. Logitech Brio 300 webcam in graphite, off-white, and rose

    Enlarge / The new webcams are supposed to be home office-friendly and come in graphite, off-white, and rose. (credit: Logitech)

    Logitech today released a new series of webcams for users and IT managers seeking something below the $100 mark that still incorporates handy home office features, like a physical shutter and noise-canceling microphone.

    The Brio 300 and almost identically specced but enterprise-focused Brio 305 each support up to 1920×1080 resolution at 30 frames per second and claim 2 megapixels (MP). They also include a microphone with noise reduction and can automatically adjust brightness and contrast based on the room's lighting by using hardware and Logitech's Tune app.

    Automatic lighting adjustments and background noise suppression have become popular features for companies—whether they're for webcams, laptops, or monitors—to brag about since working from home became more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic. With $70 MSRPs, the Brio 300 and 305 are now the cheapest cameras in Logitech's lineup that offer those features and support for 1080p or better resolution.

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