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Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015
The charming Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett brings her unique brand of social commentary to the Black Cab Sessions with the tune "Dead Fox".

In his 9 out of 10 PopMatters Pick review of Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Arnold Pan writes, “Barnett pretty obviously succeeds on Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit in meeting a more mainstream audience at least a little bit of the way. But for those who aren’t willing to follow… Barnett all the way as she goes on the rest of a twisting, turning path that’s uniquely her own, that’s their loss, not hers.”


Below you can watch Barnett perform the Sometimes I Sit and Think cut “Dead Fox” in the cozy environs of the Black Cab Sessions.


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Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015
In tribute to the late, great Nina Simone, the American singer-songwriter Kelis belts the classic "Feeling Good" in this live capture from the Brighton Dome in the UK.


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Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015
All of John Lennon's eight studio records will be released this summer as a 9LP box set called Lennon.

In case you didn’t get your fill of vinyl during last weekend’s Record Store Day, summer 2015 has a major new release in store that will no doubt whet the appetites of any and all vinyl fanatics, particularly those who are also Beatles obsessives. This June, the studio discography of John Lennon will be compiled in a luxurious box set, simply entitled Lennon. All of these records, with the exception of Imagine and Rock ‘n’ Roll, are at the moment out of print on vinyl.


The remasters of these albums, arranged by Yoko Ono, derive from original mixes by John Lennon. The authenticity to the original LP releases is furthered by the vinyl packaging itself: each record is re-produced to the specifications of their original UK vinyl editions.


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Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015
The subtly funky indie pop of Royal Canoe comes to life in Portland, Oregon's Type Foundry Studio for this performance of "Birthday".

On their official Facebook page, the Winnipeg, Canada group Royal Canoe describe themselves as “armed with falsettos, guitars, effects pedals, drums, basses, tambourines, shakers and a six-keyboard super-weapon.” With their latest in-studio performance for the folks at CD Baby, the band employs that arsenal to a supremely catchy effect on the tune “Birthday”. The main refrain “It’s not about you / It’s going to happen without you” is delivered in a quirky, rhythmic effect, which is then enhanced by the subtly funky backing instrumentation.


“Birthday” is a track from Royal Canoe’s 2013 LP, Today We’re Believers.


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Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015
With the birth of home video, filmmakers have been able to tinker with their vision. Here are ten examples, however, of where their original endings were changed before said movies were released.

It is the rare film that comes out fully formed. One vision, manipulated by one person, is so unusual that many of the most famous movies are considered collaborations before anything else. Actors want to add and/or modify their roles. Suits who provided the necessary greenlight (and funds) want their notes and suggestions. Members of the various crafts—art design, costumers, F/X artists—all hope for a chance to offer up their creative choices, and then the entire package is collected, collated, edited, and focus grouped, allowing even those without a single clue about the art form to determine what stays and what goes. Someone like David Lynch may have “final cut” over his efforts, but more times than not, a movie is not a finished product until it opens at your local Cineplex.


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