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by PopMatters Staff

10 Jun 2009

Felix Da Housecat is releasing his new album He Was King on August 25th. He’s celebrating Prince, as we just did last week, with the upcoming July video “We All Wanna Be Prince”. In the meantime here’s an MP3 and video for “Kickdrum” from the new record.

Felix Da Housecat
“Kickdrum” [MP3]
     

by Matt Mazur

10 Jun 2009

After that lame-brained publicity stunt with Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen has a lot to make up for. Thankfully, these Bruno clips look like a step in the right direction. Will the movie be as funny and offensive as it so desperately wants to be? The jury is out…

by Diepiriye Kuku

10 Jun 2009

The Thanksgiving scene in the movie version of The Color Purple was a fake out, like Luther Vandross’s false ending on A House is Not a Home. The music slows to a whimper, and Luther chants ever so softly. Then, he brings it on home.

Ella Fitzgerald does the same thing on How High the Moon. In 1966’s The Stockholm Concert with Duke Ellington, Ella performs some of her grittiest skats.

“I guess I better quit while I’m ahead,” Ella lightly croons after what sounds like improv- a dynamic jam session between a stage chock full of greats. Then, the beat drops to a snare and Ella digs in with a real nasty groove.

While the drum drones, Ella is growling and trilling, riffing and ranting like a trombone, two trumpets and a sax together. One can almost imagine her shoulders squeezing and releasing like a tense metronome as the snare races. It’s funkier than the Miles Davis Quintet, and Ella even does a great Miles!

by Joe Tacopino

10 Jun 2009

Pavement’s Mark Ibold joins Sonic Youth on bass as the band give a raucous performance of “Sacred Trickster” off their new, Matador-sponsored album.

by G. Christopher Williams

10 Jun 2009

In James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, the titular young artist, Stephen Daedalus, lectures his friend Lynch at length about the nature of the beautiful in art. He argues that when art is apprehended properly that its audience is arrested by a static emotion. By contrast, he refers to “kinetic emotions”, which he deems to be emotions that excite in their viewers desire or loathing. He claims that art that generates such visceral responses are either “pornographical or didactic” in nature.

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In Defense of the Infinite Universe in 'No Man's Sky'

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"The common cries of disappointment that surround No Man’s Sky stem from the exciting idea of an infinite universe clashing with the harsh reality of an infinite universe.

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