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by Liz Colville

25 Aug 2009

Alela Diane, a Portland, Oregon transplant from Nevada City, California, took the spotlight at a packed Union Hall recently after sets from Melbourne, Australia’s Luluc and Bushwick’s own Sharon Van Etten.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Aug 2009

They Might Be Giants
Here Comes Science
(Idlewild/Disney Sound)
Releasing: 1 September (iTunes/Amazon) / 22 September (physical)

Disc: 1
01 Science Is Real
02 Meet the Elements
03 I Am a Paleontologist w/Danny Weinkauf
04 The Bloodmobile
05 Electric Car w/Robin Goldwasser
06 My Brother the Ape
07 What Is a Shooting Star?
08 How Many Planets?
09 Why Does the Sun Shine?
10 Why Does the Sun Really Shine?
11 Roy G. Biv
12 Put It to the Test
13 Photosynthesis
14 Cells
15 Speed and Velocity w/Marty Beller
16 Computer Assisted Design
17 Solid Liquid Gas
18 Here Comes Science Bonus Track
19 The Ballad of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space)

Disc: 2
01 Science Is Real [video content]
02 Meet the Elements [video content]
03 I Am a Paleontologist w/Danny Weinkauf [video content]
04 The Bloodmobile [video content]
05 Electric Car w/Robin Goldwasser [video content]
06 My Brother the Ape [video content]
07 What Is a Shooting Star? [video content]
08 How Many Planets? [video content]
09 Why Does the Sun Shine? [video content]
10 Why Does the Sun Really Shine? [video content]
11 Roy G. Biv [video content]
12 Put It to the Test [video content]
13 Photosynthesis [video content]
14 Cells [video content]
15 Speed and Velocity w/Marty Beller [video content]
16 Computer Assisted Design [video content]
17 Solid Liquid Gas [video content]
18 Here Comes Science [video content] Bonus Track
19 The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space) [video content]

They Might Be Giants
I am a Paleontologist [MP3]

by Bill Gibron

25 Aug 2009

“Our 2009 slate was greenlit in a very different economic climate and as a result we must remain flexible and willing to recalibrate and adapt to a changing environment.  This is a situation facing every single studio as we all work through the financial pressures associated with the broader downturn. Like every business, we must make difficult choices to maximize our overall success and to best manage Paramount’s business in a way that serves Viacom and its shareholders, while providing the film with every possible chance to succeed both creatively and financially.

Martin Scorsese is not just one of the world’s most significant filmmakers, but also a personal friend. Following a highly successful 2009, we have every confidence that Shutter Island is a great anchor to lead off our 2010 slate and the shift in date is the best decision for the film, the studio and ultimately Viacom.”
– Brad Grey, Paramount Pictures Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

That’s the studio’s position folks, and they are sticking to it. Just as trailers were playing all around the country, Scorsese and DiCaprio’s latest getting the “coming in October” buzz, Paramount, pleading poverty, is moving their Fall tentpole film, Shutter Island to February 2010. As artistic portents of cinematic evil go, that’s pretty got-damn bad. Last year, The Soloist was also poised to be a major awards season player. Suddenly, Universal balked and moved the melodramatic mess to April. While some still found merit in the maudlin, manipulative drama, it was clear that few in the PR department believed in its Oscar potential.

by Allison Taich

25 Aug 2009

Them Crooked Vultures have sparked mystery and intrigue amongst music fans and critics alike. The line-up consists of John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), and Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age). First hinted at in 2005 to Mojo , Them Crooked Vultures officially surfaced this month in front of fortunate fans in Chicago and Amsterdam. Details regarding upcoming shows, appearances, sound, and album release have been scarce. While a handful of fans have experienced the rock phenomenon in the flesh, the rest of us must patiently follow the clues and await the public debut.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Aug 2009

Anti-Pop Consortium
Fluorescent Black
(Big Dada)
13 October 2009

In addition to a free MP3 of “Capricorn One”, Anti-Pop Consortium has just released a five-minute mix teaser for their upcoming October album.

Anti-Pop Consortium
teaser mix of Fluorescent Black [MP3]

“Capricorn One” [MP3]

01 Lay Me Down    
02 New Jack Exterminator  
03 Reflections  
04 Shine  
05 C Thru U  
06 Volcano  
07 Timpani  
08 Solution  
09 Get Lite  
10 NY to Tokyo  
11 SuperUnfrontable  
12 Born Electric  
13 Apparently  
14 End Game  
15 Capricorn One   
16 Dragonov  
17 Fluorescent Black

//Mixed media

'Fire Emblem Heroes' Is a Bad Crossover

// Moving Pixels

"Fire Emblem Heroes desperately and shamelessly wants to monetize our love for these characters, yet it has no idea why we came to love them in the first place.

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