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by Tyler Gould

29 Aug 2009

Because not enough of the world’s music has Timbaland’s stamp on it, he teamed up with Rockstar Games to create a music mixer based on this Flash toy. The result is Beaterator, and it’s coming out for the PSP on September 29th, replete with beats, loops, and a veritable smorgasbord of sounds meticulously crafted by the hit machine himself.

Between this, the utilitarian KORG DS-10, and the inimitable Electroplankton, developers are carving out an interesting niche for music production on handheld video game consoles. Check out this video to see Timbaland in action, Beaterator in hand.

   

by PopMatters Staff

29 Aug 2009

A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Ashes Grammar
(Mis Ojos Discos)
Releasing: 15 September (US)

A Sunny Day in Glasgow actually hail from Philadelphia and not across the pond. The shoegazey group formed their own label to release their latest album, dropping in mid-September. We’ve got two sample tracks as well as a video detailing the making of the album.

SONG LIST
01 Magna for Annie, Josh, & Robin
02 Secrets at the Prom
03 Slaughter killing carnage (The Meaning of Words)
04 Failure
05 Curse Words
06 Close Chorus
07 Shy
08 Lights
09 Passionate Introverts (Dinosaurs)
10 West Philly Vocoder
11 Evil, with Evil, Against Evil
12 The White Witch
13 Nitetime Rainbows
14 Canalfish
15 Loudly
16 Blood White
17 Ashes Grammar
18 Ashes Maths

19 Miss My Friends
20 Starting at a Disadvantage
21 Life’s Great
22 Headphone Space

A Sunny Day in Glasgow
“Ashes Grammar / Ashes Maths” [MP3]
     

“Failure” [MP3]
     

by AJ Ramirez

29 Aug 2009

Guitarist and chief songwriter Noel Gallagher has quit Britpop survivors Oasis, reportedly due to an “altercation” just before the group was set to take the stage at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris, France, on Friday night. According to a statement he posted on the band’s website, Gallagher said he “could not go on” working with vocalist/younger brother Liam Gallagher a single day longer. Despite the suddenness of the split, the news would carry a far greater impact if Gallagher hadn’t done the same thing several times before, only to rejoin soon thereafter.

Gallagher has exited Oasis over disagreements with his brother so often it has become a running joke. The first such incident occurred following a September 1994 concert in Los Angeles, California, where Noel took exception to Liam’s drug-fueled stage antics and subsequently fought his kin backstage.  The siblings made up shortly thereafter; meanwhile Noel was inspired by his post-breakup exodus to Las Vegas to write the strong Oasis b-side “Talk Tonight”. Noel left the group again in May 1995 during the production of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?; this incident involved an in-studio showdown between cricket bat-wielding Noel and a furniture-tossing Liam.  The elder Gallagher’s next exit came in 1996 at the height of his band’s popularity, when he opted to return home to the UK in the midst of an increasingly disappointing American tour. Despite brief talk of continuing the tour without their leader, Liam and the rest of the band shortly returned to Britain, where the Gallaghers duly patched things up amid a media panic.  In the new millennium, Noel made another mid-tour exit in 2000, allegedly precipitated by his brother’s rude comments about his wife.

It is possible that Noel Gallagher has finally had it with his brothers behavior and could not longer carry on in Oasis In interviews in recent years, Noel has painted a picture of Liam as a stubborn, inconsiderate loudmouth who calls at four in the morning just to berate him (in contrast, Liam is not above chastising his brother in the press as well). Still, given the elder Gallagher’s past behavior, post-mortems on the life of Oasis are premature. If Noel Gallagher has not returned to the group in six months’ time, then readers can surely expect an Oasis career retrospective by this author here at Sound Affects. Until then, wait and see if he cools off a bit.

by Matt Mazur

28 Aug 2009

If you ignore the absolutely inane questions and lame vanity reaction shots from the interviewer, this brief cast interview from Sundance, with the cast of the upcoming Precious offers a bit of insight. Can’t wait until someone credible talks to this cast as it looks like they bring much to the table!

by Matt Mazur

28 Aug 2009

Germany’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar looks to be the amazing director’s ticket to the gold. Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Cache are among his recent masterworks, and The White Ribbon is one of my most anticipated of the year!

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