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by Robin Cook

27 Mar 2009

Weirder things have happened. Thursday night at SXSW, the stage at Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church was shared by a Dresden Doll and a legendarily raunchy comedienne. Of course, this being a church, they avoided the four-letter words in favor of a sweet-natured tribute to said comedienne’s dog. The next day, the comedienne (Margaret Cho, of course) and Dresden Doll (Amanda Palmer) talked about that show, Cho’s new venture into music, Palmer’s favorite singers, and the role of humor in music. (Yes, as Frank Zappa would tell you, they DO go together.)


by Alan Ranta

27 Mar 2009

For the first time in its history, music criticism website Tiny Mix Tapes is actually posting mix tapes for stream or download. Each one comes with unique cover art, and is presented, in true mix tape fashion, as a single continuous side. Themes thus far have ranged from experimental jazz and indie to instrumental hip-hop and electronica. No word yet if Pitchfork is going to start handing out hay shoveling utensils.

Chocolate Grinder
Official mixtapes [MP3s]

by tjmHolden

26 Mar 2009

I’ve been on the road for—it seems—forever; hence the silence, and hopefully you’ve missed this voice. Words and pictures to follow.

For today though, I wanted to make a few brief comments about the World Baseball Classic (WBC), just completed. If you are not a baseball fan—no worries: this isn’t really an entry about the sport; it is more a commentary on America, ideology, globalization, monsters unleashed, and the future. Now, if any or all of those topics turn you off, then I guess my next hour or so of literary effort is going to be wasted. Pity on a perspiring writer.

But, if not, then herewith for your perusal and cogitation . . .

by PopMatters Staff

26 Mar 2009

Death Cab for Cutie has released a new video for “Grapevine Fires”, from their recent album Narrow Stairs. “Grapevine Fires” was initially inspired by Ben Gibbard’s up-close-and-personal encounter with 2007’s California wildfires. The song motivated the celebrated animation duo Walter Robot to create an animated short film which relays the sense of devastating tragedy and forced optimism caused by the fire’s wrath.  Death Cab for Cutie can be seen on tour this spring on the dates listed below.


4/07/2009 - Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
4/08/2009 - Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
4/09/2009 - Davidson, NC John Belk Arena/Davidson College
4/10/2009 - Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
4/11/2009 - Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
4/12/2009 - Tulsa, OK The Brady Theater
4/13/2009 - Omaha, NE Holland Theatre *
4/15/2009 - St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkings Auditorium
4/17/2009 - Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
4/18/2009 - East Lansing, MI Breslin Events Center/Michigan State University
4/19/2009 - Waukesha, WI Van Male Fieldhouse/Carroll College
4/22/2009 - Bellingham, WA The Mount Baker Theater **
4/24/2009 - Spokane, WA McCarthey Athletic Center/Gonzaga University
4/25/2009 - Boise, ID The Morrison Center
4/27/2009 - Sacramento, CA Memorial Auditorium
4/29/2009 - San Diego, CA RIMAC Arena/UC San Diego *

5/01/2009 - Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
5/02/2009 - New Orleans, LA Contemporary Arts Center ***
5/04/2009 - Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
5/05/2009 - Birmingham, AL BJCC Concert Hall
5/06/2009 - Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
5/07/2009 - Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live

by PopMatters Staff

26 Mar 2009

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Gran Torino. The sacrifice that Clint Eastwood makes—and his redemption amid the senseless violence—brought a tear to my eye.

2. The fictional character most like you?
Huck Finn. I’ve paddle down any river in search of adventure, even if my boat crashes in the process.

3. The greatest album, ever?
Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan. I always loved the record, but I learned the hard way, through heartbreak and despair, just how beautiful it is.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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