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by Allison Taich

16 Nov 2009

The Beatles on Record will premiere in the U.S. Wednesday 25 November 10PM ET/PT on the History Channel. The documentary was originally released by the BBC in September and it covers the Beatles’ musical and creative journey from Please Please Me through Abbey Road. The Beatles on Record was narrated by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Sir George Martin and directed by Bob Smeaton, director of the Beatles’ Anthology series and creator of the mini-documentaries for the Beatles’ 2009 re-mastered albums.

by Eleanore Catolico

16 Nov 2009

Listen to Solange covering the Dirty Projectors’ definitive track, “Stillness Is the Move”, from the lauded Bitte Orca. Solange’s version is more mellow than the band’s signature herky-jerky rhythm, but it’s still a respectable nod to Dirty Projectors’ awesome-beyond-awesomeness in 2009.

And the original…

by Mehan Jayasuriya

16 Nov 2009

“It’s great to play D.C.,” P.K. 14 frontman Yang Haisong said, “because growing up, we were very influenced by the D.C. hardcore scene.”  A lot of bands say this sort of thing when playing the District but few have the privilege of saying it when Ian MacKaye is within earshot.  It should come as no surprise, however, that local punk luminaries were in attendance at Govinda Gallery on Saturday night.  Word had spread about the revelatory performances delivered the previous night, when two mainstays of Beijing’s burgeoning underground rock scene played to a sold out crowd at the Velvet Lounge.  The show was part of a tour organized by American photojournalist Matthew Niederhauser, whose book Sound Kapital documents Beijing’s music scene, which looks to be one of the most vibrant and fertile in the world.  As part of the opening for an exhibition of Niederhauser’s photographs, Govinda Gallery in Georgetown hosted repeat performances from P.K. 14 and Xiao He.

by Mehan Jayasuriya

16 Nov 2009

Clearly, Cold Cave is a band that appreciates the value of mystique.  Nearly all of their releases—of which there have been many—have been available only as extremely limited vinyl and cassette editions.  When they perform, they turn off all of the front lights and crank up the smoke machines, so that they appear as dark silhouettes.  They rarely utter even a single word to the audience and spend the bulk of their time on stage hunched over synthesizers.

by Rob Horning

16 Nov 2009

I have an essay up at Generation Bubble about the French anarchist manifesto, The Coming Insurrection. It’s mostly about how the dream of revolution has been replaced by the dream of self-actualization—an old, familiar story.

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