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by Sarah Boslaugh

27 Aug 2009

The Fantagraphics release of the first volume of Jules Feiffer’s Village Voice cartoons, Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips 1956-1966, is an amazing time capsule into an era when the Voice stood for investigative journalism and individualistic writing, and people were just starting to realize that the personal really is the political.

Feiffer had no intention of inventing the adult comic strip in 1956. After working with Will Eisner on The Spirit and serving in the Army, he wrote several book-length comics which he was trying to get published.  But no one wanted to take a chance on an unknown writer who wrote adult satires illustrated in a style associated with children’s comics.

by Andrew Martin

27 Aug 2009

The Foreign Exchange (Nicolay & Phonte) continues to push its stellar 2008 sophomore effort (Leave It All Behind) with this stunning video depiction of “House of Cards” featuring songstress Muhsinah.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Aug 2009

Pearl Jam
Backspacer
(self-released (US) / Universal (international))
Releasing: 20 September

Eddie Vedder and co. go label-less in the US for their upcoming ninth album and head into a more pop direction and back into the arms of producer Brendan O’Brien, who hasn’t produced a Pearl Jam album since 1998’s Yield.

SONG LIST
01 Gonna See My Friend
02 Got Some
03 The Fixer
04 Johnny Guitar
05 Just Breathe
06 Amongst the Waves
07 Unthought Known
08 Supersonic
09 Speed of Sound
10 Force of Nature
11 The End

by Jennifer Cooke

27 Aug 2009

I get a lot of flack for loving My Chemical Romance. As a 37-year-old woman who runs with a decidedly indie-rock-snob crowd, there is no end to the taunts when someone spots The Black Parade in between the Mudhoney and New Pornographers CDs. Not for nothing is there little mention of MCR on PopMatters, and not even the release that broke them worldwide, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, rates a review. “Real” music fans simply do not acknowledge such adolescent pablum, and rarely will they even deign to ridicule it. Mall-rock, they call it. Any band with bags full of Warner Brothers’ money behind it, that can fill stadiums with teenagers the world over and sell T-shirts hand over fist at Hot Topic, forfeits any right to serious appraisal. Even my hairstylist calls them My Chemical Tightpants.

So what happened to me? I heard “Helena” on the radio back when it was released in 2004, and found the chorus stuck in my head at all hours of the day and night. Later on, a friend, whose indie rock cred is airtight in my book, divulged (gasp!) that she was a fan. I bought the aforementioned Three Cheers, and that was all she wrote. I bought a car over a year ago that’s never seen another disc in slot #3 of it’s stereo. I have to wrestle with my nine-year-old son and my four-year-old daughter over who gets to wear which My Chem shirt on any given day.

by Katharine Wray

27 Aug 2009

R.E.M.
Live at the Olympia
(Warner Bros.)
Releasing: 27 October

“Living Well is the Best Revenge”, R.E.M.‘s first video off Live at the Olympia is a great dose of Michael Stipe and company. A well-shot live performance done by Vincent Moon.

SONG LIST
01 Living Well Is the Best Revenge
02 Second Guessing
03 Letter Never Sent
04 Starring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance
05 Disturbance at the Heron House
06 Mr. Richards
07 Houston
08 New Test Leper
09 Cuyhoga
10 Electrolite
11 Man-Sized Wreath
12 So. Central Rain
13 On The Fly
14 Maps and Legends
15 Sitting Still
16 Driver 8
17 Horse to Water
18 I’m Gonna DJ
19 Circus Envy
20 These Days
21 Drive
22 Feeling Gravity’s Pull
23 Until the Day Is Done
24 Accelerate
25 Auctioner
26 Little America
27 1,000,000
28 Disguised
29 The Worst Joke Ever
30 Welcome to the Occupation
31 Carnival of Sorts
32 Harborcoat
33 Wolves, Lower
34 I’ve Been High
35 Kohoutek
36 West of the Fields
37 Petty Persuasion
38 Romance
39 Gardening at Night

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