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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Stay tuned to the @PopMatters Twitter tomorrow at 4.00 pm EST as we do a live Twitter session about James Brown and the new biopic celebrating his career, Get on Up. We will be handing out prizes, including $100 iTunes cards.

PopMatters has teamed up with Universal Pictures to celebrate their upcoming release Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. 


James Brown empowered a generation of activists with his anthem “Say It Loud”. We’re tasking fans to salute the Godfather of Soul and his lasting impact on social culture and popular music by sharing your thoughts about his music and legacy using #SayItLoud on Twitter.


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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
Bastille, one of PopMatters' favorite new artists, recently appeared on SNL comedian Vanessa Bayer's web series, Sound Advice with Jenna Slater.

Bastille, the British epic pop sensation, made an impressive statement in 2013 with its debut Bad Blood. Following two incredible and creative cover mixtapes in 2012, Other People’s Heartache and Other People’s Heartache, Pt. 2, the band lived up to the promise hinted at by its early work, dominating world airwave with tunes like the stadium-ready “Pompeii”.


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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) have dropped a cut from their forthcoming Run the Jewels 2, "Blockbuster Night Part 1".

Last year, Run the Jewels, the hip-hop duo consisting of El-P and Killer Mike, released its self-titled debut as a free download. Not but a year later, the duo is ready to make a statement yet again, and have announced a sequel, titled Run the Jewels 2, for an upcoming release.


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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
by Jesse Fink
Jesse Fink, author of The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, offers up his top 10 AC/DC songs, each seasoned with a dash of backstory.
10. “Bedlam in Belgium”
(Flick of the Switch, 1983)


This is a massively underrated barnstormer from the boys off the much-maligned (unfairly, I think) Flick of the Switch. The album was missing Mutt Lange, but the Youngs did have his very capable engineer, Tony Platt, as co-producer in the studio at Compass Point in the Bahamas. Tony’s a real pro. I think he did a perfectly fine job on this album, which also features the slamming “Nervous Shakedown”.


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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014
Fear is strangely an experience best shared with others -- even in seemingly less than social mediums, like single player video games.

I’m not especially fond of horror as a genre. Maybe it is because horror is not often the best written genre in cinema. Maybe it’s because I really don’t enjoy viewing things that are gory.


That being said, I do find that generally horror is a highly moralistic genre (maybe the most moralistic genre), since it tends to portray good and evil in the starkest terms possible (there are typically no fine lines between ugliness and evil, for instance, in horror). I tend to find this vaguely interesting, as I am drawn to works that are concerned with morality and ethics in the philosophical sense. However, that also being said, I more often find that revenge films and even exploitation cinema are more interesting than the typical horror film in exploring these ideas (give me Quentin Tarantino over Clive Barker any day of the week).


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