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by PopMatters Staff

15 Apr 2009

Solon Bixler of Great Northern says of the band’s new album Remind Me Where the Light Is releasing on April 28th that they “took a lot more risks by entering uncomfortable territory that wasn’t touched on the last record… we dug deeper into the unpleasant, which helped us to find the beauty.”

Great Northern
“Houses” [MP3]
     

TOUR DATES
May 1 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House
May 2 - Albany, NY @ Valentines
May 4 - Bowery Ballroom @ Bowery Ballroom
May 5 -  Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
May 7 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
May 8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
May 9 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
May 10 - Columbus, OH @ Skully’s
May 11 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
May 13 - Chicago, IL @ Lakeshore Theatre
May 14 - Columbia, MT @ Mojo’s
May 16 - Denton, TX @ Halley’s
May 17 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse
May 18 - Austin, TX @ Parish
May 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
May 22 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
May 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
May 24 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent
May 26 - Portland, OR @ Douglas Fir Lounge
May 27 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe

by PopMatters Staff

15 Apr 2009

James Bassett said of Abe Vigoda’s 2008 album Skeleton that it was “cleverly and neatly interwoven to further the sense of disorientation, Skeleton is a concentrated blast of strangely accessible noise that is both bracing and energising.” Here’s the new video from their 2009 effort Reviver.

by PopMatters Staff

15 Apr 2009

C.L. Chafin says in tomorrow’s review of Black Dice’s Repo that the album “melds overmodulated drumbeats, guitars, otherworldly chattering, distorted saxophone, and a million other bleeps and blurps into echoy sonic clouds. It’s by turns engrossing, boring, and terrifying.” The Brooklyn-based group has just released a video for “Glazin” and has announced their upcoming tour schedule (after the jump).

Black Dice
Glazin [MP3]
     

by Rob Horning

15 Apr 2009

Yesterday I was trying to make a point about information search costs, and I don’t think I ever succeeded in making it clear. I’m hoping the ideas in this Boston Review article by Evgeny Morozov will help. Morozov argues that cyber-optimists who think of the internet as a medium inherently spreads freedom because it creates a public sphere that’s harder to control and because it lowers the costs of disseminating information are being somewhat myopic. “Cyber-utopians’ biggest conceptual mistake is treating cyberspace as some kind of anarchist zone, which the authorities dare not enter except to shut things down. Media reports encourage this view of authoritarian governments as technophobic Internet censors.” But as he points out, authoritarian regimes (and the media interests that collude with them, perhaps) don’t maintain power and oppress people merely through censorship, through the stifling of the information flow. Rather than also maintain control by (1) flooding the public sphere with disinformation or trivia, drowning out or diluting subversive communication and (2) by encouraging egocentric apathy in the population so that they don’t develop an interest in political protest or collective action.

by Chris Barsanti

15 Apr 2009

The Beats: A Graphic History
Edited by Paul Buhle
(Hill and Wang)

Continuing their smart series of alternative cultural historical graphic novels, Hill & Wang has come up with one of the best of the bunch. This quick-take introduction to the beatnik generation is about three-fourths excellent short-take biography and one-quarter well-meaning addendums of varying quality. The book starts with a lengthy take on the (like it or not) king of the beats, Jack Kerouac, and gives his sad tale—always running after the cool kids, forever trying to please mama—all due respect.

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