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by tjmHolden

3 Feb 2009

 


As indicated, there was one more Super Bowl ad I wanted to weigh in on. It was an ad that actually

wasn’t

shown during the broadcast; nonetheless, you may have seen it. If not, you have undoubtedly heard about it.

It was an ad produced by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)—you know, the rights group that agitates against consumption of animals and advocates for better treatment of same in scientific experimentation.

And the ad they have produced to advance their cause?: the ad embedded above.

Click on it, if you haven’t already. And I wonder whether, at some point during the disrobing, and the clutching and stroking and fondling of self, and the massaging and rubbing of vegetables against skin, you were not assailed by the thought: “wait a minute . . .

people are animals . . . right? And so, like . . . how is it that the women in the ad are being treated any better than animals in cages? How is it that an organization aimed at improving the treatment of animals can be mistreating

animals so crassly, so brazenly?


by PopMatters Staff

3 Feb 2009

Dominic Umile described Canadian band Faunts back in 2007 thusly: “Woozy synth washes on Faunts’s M4 lead the Canadian quintet to wander off on Slowdive-styled comedown trips as often as Ulrich Schnauss does.” Faunts return on February 17 with a new album on Friendly Fire Recordings, Love. Feel. Thinking. Of. Here’s the new single off the upcoming record, “It Hurts Me All The Time”.

Faunts
It Hurts Me All the Time [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

3 Feb 2009

Back in 2006, Roger Holland raved about Amy Lavere’s This World Is Not My Home, calling it “one of the best albums of 2006”. Here she is on the latest installment of the Sun Studio Sessions.

by PopMatters Staff

3 Feb 2009

New albums out this week that are available in full on lala.com for streaming…

by Sarah Zupko

3 Feb 2009

Along with Mike Farris, the Duhks were the highlights of last year’s Americana Music Festival & Conference. Karen Zarker described the Canadian band as “a plate full of all the good stuff, all mixed up. You’ll get rock (with a violin that sounds like an electric guitar), cabaret (with that tinge of the dark, somewhat perverse, rather intellectual approach which makes for the best of cabaret), foot-stomping Celtic, and a spicy bit of Afropop (wherein the fiddle becomes a thumb piano). Sarah Dugas’ versatile pipes can belt out gospel with the best of ‘em, followed by some good ol’ Louisiana Cajun. Sarah and Tania Elizabeth will sing to you in French and sing to you in English, but the band’s instruments sing in more tongues than any mere multilingual human can.” The band’s latest video “Fast Paced World” from the album of the same name was directed by Dream Rockwell, who works as artistic director of the vaudeville circus group Lucent Dossier. That circus vibe is evident throughout as band romp in fanciful costumes and evoke a rather surrealist tone. This video was created for the Elevate Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Photo: Sarah Zupko

Photo: Sarah Zupko

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