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by Nikki Tranter

25 Mar 2009

We’ve waited—what’s it been? A year or more?—for any kind of confirmation that Spike Jonze’s film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was anything more than a little boy’s dream. Well, we’re dreaming no more., today, posted the film’s official teaser trailer, advertising its release date as 16 October this year.

It’s a little bit Dark Crystal, a wee bit Neverending Story, but it also looks supremely dark (as the story often is), especially towards the end here, with the song building and pumping and the monsters flying through the trees creating all sorts of spooky drama. I don’t think I’ve been as engrossed and excited by a trailer, well, since Dark Crystal and Neverending Story. And I’m completely excited by how real it all looks—I’m no CGI expert but this does not look too heavily computer animated. Another reason it hits that Jim Henson nerve—making the pretend so real it rarely feels like fantasy.

So, 16 October—you think it’s too early to camp out for tickets?

by Christian John Wikane

25 Mar 2009

Felipe Rose might be known to the world as “The Indian” from Village People but to his native Sioux tribe, he is known as “Swift Arrow”. Long a presence in the Native American recording community, Rose has earned a number of NAMMY (Native American Music) Awards for his songs, including “Best Historical Recording” and “Songwriter of the Year”. Recently, Rose returned to the studio to record new material for his Tomahawk Records imprint. “From the East to the West” is among the first completed tracks written and recorded with Rose’s longtime producer/collaborator Frosty Lawson. The spirit of the song, Rose explains, asks the question, “Where are we going?” It is a prelude to the end of the Mayan calendar: 12/21/12. The song features Lawson on piano and Eddie Three Eagles (Rose’s father) on native flute. An established painter, Felipe is also developing an art piece to accompany the song.


by Sean Murphy

25 Mar 2009

I’m trying to think of something I don’t love about this.

I’m not having much luck.

Overhearing a conversation between the boy’s mother and his teachers about his love for comics and superheros, Somchai rushed back to the fire station to change into a Spider-Man costume before swinging into action.

“I told him Spider-Man is here to save you. No monster will hurt you now,” Somchai said. “Then I told him to walk slowly toward me. I was very nervous that he might have slipped if he got too excited and ran.”

Somchai, who keeps costume of Spider-Man and a Japanese superhero Ultraman to liven up fire drills at schools, said the teary-eyed boy broke into a smile and started walking into his arms.

With all proper respect to the (late, great) Mikey Dread, I hereby declare Somchai Yoosabai a legit Jumping Master!

Mikey Dread - “The Jumping Master”

by PopMatters Staff

25 Mar 2009

Heavily tipped Passion Pit are releasing their full-length debut Manners on May 26th and they have just posted the first single “The Reeling” over on MySpace. They also have a load of upcoming concert dates beginning at Sasquatch and ending at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC.

Passion Pit
“The Reeling” [Stream]

5/23 - George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
5/24 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/26 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
5/28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
5/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5/30 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
6/2 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
6/3 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
6/4 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
6/5 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
6/6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
6/8 - Richmond, VA @ The National
6/9 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
6/11 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
6/13 - Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
6/14 - Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle
6/17 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
6/18 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
6/19 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/20 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

by Robin Cook

25 Mar 2009

PopMatters’ Robin Cook chats with upcoming neo-folk singer Alela Diane at this year’s SXSW. Diane talks about her guitar skills, upbringing and taste in music.

Matthew Fiander called her new album To Be Still “beautiful and subtly splintered and cathartic in an honestly incomplete way. And it is, finally, that rare kind of album: one worth getting close to.”


//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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