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by Sarah Zupko

6 May 2009

Mike Skinner a.k.a. the Streets, in an attempt to be eminently newsworthy, pulled together a bunch of zombie movie footage to produce a video about the swine flu. The yuck factor is pretty high here, both in terms of the visuals and the music.

by PopMatters Staff

6 May 2009

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Psychic TV/PTV3 stopped by NPR’s World Cafe recently for a live performance and it was caught on an iPhone. The band released Mr. Alien Brain at the tail end of 2008 and also stopped by to chat with our 20 Questions in December as well.

by PopMatters Staff

6 May 2009

Sub Pop is releasing a two-CD compilation of unreleased songs from the indie folk group Iron & Wine on 19 May called Around the Well. The vinyl version will include three albums including this track exclusive to the LPs.

Iron & Wine
“The Trapeze Singer” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

6 May 2009

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
ALL Movies make me cry. I am that kind of guy. From The Terminator to soft porn to, of course, It’s a Wonderful Life, I start crying during the damn previews, for fuck sake.

2. The fictional character most like you?
Pretty much was feeling like Randy the Ram in The Wrestler when I saw that film… old, fucked up never-has-been, “he’s a loser but he still keeps on trying” as the Little River Band would say.

3. The greatest album, ever?
Hard to call. The Shaggs album? It’s really a tough call. The Shaggs is perhaps the most extraordinary. Greatest, maybe Farewell to Kings by Rush.

by Kirstie Shanley

6 May 2009

Adeptly skirting the line between indie pop and indie punk, Portland’s three-piece The Thermals seemed to be having as much fun as the audience at this show. There’s a visible chemistry between the band members on stage, especially Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster. This undoubtedly makes their songs sound tighter live, even when their over-amorous fans add their own volume to the mix. In fact, it was undeniable how anthemic the Thermals’ songs had become—especially to the younger members of the crowd.

 

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