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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) have dropped a cut from their forthcoming Run the Jewels 2, "Blockbuster Night Part 1".

Last year, Run the Jewels, the hip-hop duo consisting of El-P and Killer Mike, released its self-titled debut as a free download. Not but a year later, the duo is ready to make a statement yet again, and have announced a sequel, titled Run the Jewels 2, for an upcoming release.


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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
by Jesse Fink
Jesse Fink, author of The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, offers up his top 10 AC/DC songs, each seasoned with a dash of backstory.
10. “Bedlam in Belgium”
(Flick of the Switch, 1983)


This is a massively underrated barnstormer from the boys off the much-maligned (unfairly, I think) Flick of the Switch. The album was missing Mutt Lange, but the Youngs did have his very capable engineer, Tony Platt, as co-producer in the studio at Compass Point in the Bahamas. Tony’s a real pro. I think he did a perfectly fine job on this album, which also features the slamming “Nervous Shakedown”.


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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
Fear is strangely an experience best shared with others -- even in seemingly less than social mediums, like single player video games.

I’m not especially fond of horror as a genre. Maybe it is because horror is not often the best written genre in cinema. Maybe it’s because I really don’t enjoy viewing things that are gory.


That being said, I do find that generally horror is a highly moralistic genre (maybe the most moralistic genre), since it tends to portray good and evil in the starkest terms possible (there are typically no fine lines between ugliness and evil, for instance, in horror). I tend to find this vaguely interesting, as I am drawn to works that are concerned with morality and ethics in the philosophical sense. However, that also being said, I more often find that revenge films and even exploitation cinema are more interesting than the typical horror film in exploring these ideas (give me Quentin Tarantino over Clive Barker any day of the week).


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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
by PopMatters Staff

PopMatters is looking for talented music critics and bloggers.


We’re looking for talented writers with deep genre knowledge of music and its present and past alongside a cultural generalist perspective with strong interests in many areas of culture.


CD REVIEWS/FEATURES


Regular CD reviews run 500-700 words and display a knowledge of music history and real genre expertise, rather than simply “I like this” or “I hate that”. They should employ a smart look at the music within its larger cultural contexts. Capsule reviews run between 100-150 words and writers are expected to write both long reviews as well as capsules, and keep up with tight deadlines.


Feature pieces are in excess of 1,200 words and look at a particular artist, genre, trend or happening within the music world. They also look at the intersection between music and other cultural forms such as film, TV, multimedia, fashion, and politics. These pieces can include artist interviews and profiles of an exceeding smart and critical nature.



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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
The '80's funk of Dirty Loops' newest tune, "Accidentally in Love", is a bit on the goofy side, but more importantly it's undeniably infectious.

With “Accidentally in Love”, the Swedish pop trio Dirty Loops has done something pretty impressive with what might otherwise have been a pretty rote and near laughable take on ‘80’s pop. (With the right modifications, this could have made this a Kenny Loggins number.) The group, consisting of Jonah Nilsson (vocals/piano), Henrik Linder (bass), and Aaron Mellergårdh (drums), clearly knows just how to toy with a classic formula, in this case the ‘80’s synth-pop formula. Nilsson’s vocals, quite reminiscent of Justin Timberlake, are immediately appealing, but especially striking the instrumentation on “Accidentally in Love”. The slap n’ pop bass is a nice touch, but even more dynamic are the song’s multiple time signature changes. Just when you think it’s settled into its saccharine groove, the trio finds a way to upend the listener’s expectations.


This eminently danceable number is a standout cut from the trio’s forthcoming album, Loopified, and you can stream it below.


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