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by Omar Kholeif

2 Sep 2009

Let us put aside for a moment, the media hoopla that has surrounded Courtney Love over the last 15 or so years, hard as that may be, and let us consider some of the bold musical splendour on display in her band, Hole’s, first label outing, Pretty on the Inside.

From the very first song, Love who leads the band with her lacerating tongue yelps, that “when she was a teenage whore”, how her mother confronted her, to which, she responded that she “wanted it” because “she was so alone”—in turn, forcing riot grrls everywhere, to question the relationship between youth, abuse, and sexual practice. Especially unique here is how Love and her cohorts managed to capture a sense of unapologetic, alienated female angst. When Love screeches, “I’ve seen your repulsion, and it looks good on you”, and confronts her mother, about “what she put [her] through”—one cannot help but feel compelled by the lead singer’s character. From the outset, it is obvious that Love is yearning for public attention, craving it at whatever expense, in a sense, to erase the deep-set wounds that have marred her upbringing.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2009

Nick Cave
The Death of Bunny Munro
(Faber and Faber)
Releasing: 1 September

Nick Cave
The Death of Bunny Munro, Chapter 5 [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2009

PopMatters praised Dirty Projector’s latest album, Bitte Orca, this past June and slapped an 8 on the Brooklyn band’s latest opus. Matt Fiander said of album opener and the song the group played last night on Letterman, “Quite a communal statement to start the record, but it sets the tone for an album that does, unsurprisingly, make you work to figure it out, but while you’re doing that you’re also dancing, smiling, even laughing. In other words, you are feeling this music throughout.”

by Ashley Cooper

1 Sep 2009

In a not-too-distant future, machines are powered by an invention called the Great Machine have turned on humans, causing turmoil within human society. As a result, the human population has dwindled, and the machines were shut down. However, as the world collapses, a scientist gives life to nine creations in an attempt to revitalize civilization. These creations have survived the end of the human world and are given the task of working together and taking advantage of their collective attributes in order to battle the leftover machines, one of which is a massive beast.

9 is an animated film, and features the voices of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly, Tom Kane and Alan Oppenheimer.

by Ashley Cooper

1 Sep 2009

Jay-Z
The Blueprint 3
(Roc Nation)
Releasing: 11 September (US) / 14 September (UK)

Full album stream

Despite his announcing a retirement from rap and hip hop, the superstar also known to his fans as Shawn Carter, Jay-Z has stepped back onto the scene with the upcoming release of The Blueprint 3, which follows the albums, The Blueprint (2001) and The Blueprint II (2002), both receiving warm reviews from critics all across the globe. The Blueprint 3 is set to receive similar accolade, with guest appearances from the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy, Kid Cudi and Rihanna. The first single, D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune), helped to create the massive buzz surrounding the album, and millions of Jay Z fans around the world will rejoice as this album prepares to captivate their ears and appetite for more of their favorite rap artist.

SONG LIST
01 What We Talkin About (feat. Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun
02 Thank You
03 D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
04 Run This Town (feat. Rihanna and Kanye West)
05 Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
06 Real As It Gets (feat. Young Jeezy)
07 On to the Next One (feat. Swizz Beatz)
08 Off That (feat. Drake)
09 A Star is Born (feat. J. Cole)
10 Venus Vs. Mars
11 Already Home (feat. Kid Cudi)
12 Hate (feat. Kanye West)
13 Reminder
14 So Ambitious (feat. Pharrell)
15 Young Forever (feat. Mr Hudson)

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