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Saturday, Jun 30, 2007

Revered film director, Martin Scorsese produces provocative and innovative films for contemporary cinema. Unlike the uplifting tales of Spielberg, Scorsese’s films depict bleak settings and morally depraved characters. Because of this degeneration, his films leave audiences guessing where the film will go next, but at the same time his movies contain a tight narrative/structure, used to create more tumult in his fictional worlds. Scorsese’s striking style earns him honor and praise from critics and keeps audiences wanting more. 


Interview with SILVERDOCS:



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Friday, Jun 29, 2007

Formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular parody duo, Flight of the Conchords has been rising to stardom in the United States. Previously, the band members individually broke into the American mainstream media: in The Lord of the Rings movies, Bret McKenzie achieved fame as “figwit,” and in 2006, Jemaine Clement appeared in several Outback Steakhouse commercials. Currently, the duo has achieved American recognition, working on a 12-part series for HBO titled Flight of the Conchords.


In 2004, Flight of the Conchords was featured on the Australian television program, Stand Up!
The Humans Are Dead:


In 2005, Flight of the Conchords began their relationship with HBO, performing their half-hour special on One Night Stand.
Jenny:


 


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Thursday, Jun 14, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Life can be a bitch at times, and in those moments of angst, you just want to throw it up ‘cause you’re totally f*&ked anyway, right? Love, sex, parents, authority—the teenage years are the pinnacle of undeniable passions, first loves, lasting regrets, and uncontrollable emotions.


PopMatters.com and Spring Awakening want to know your #1 song from your teenage years.  What tune hit that right chord and spoke true to your every emotion? 


Submit the artist and track name with a brief explanation of why this tune rocked your teenage years and you will be eligible to win a Spring Awakening cast album with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater and a voucher for two tickets to the Broadway production.


Simply post your choice here in the comments, include your e-mail address (it won’t be displayed to readers, we simply need it to contact the winner), and tell us about the songs that soundtracked your teenage life and you’ll be eligible to win.


Here’s a few examples:
Aerosmith: “Cryin’”
Nirvana: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Boyz II Men: “I’ll Make Love to You”
Beck: “Loser”
Blind Melon: “No Rain”


PopMatters feature on Spring Awakening


“Bitch of Living”



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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Wooden Wand
The Pushers (Morning Version) [MP3] from James & The Quiet (Ecstatic Peace!)
     


Spitting at the Cameras [MP3] James & The Quiet (Ecstatic Peace!)
     


James Jackson Toth says he “wanted [James & The Quiet] to be an un-weird record.”
[MySpace]


Aesop Rock
None Shall Pass [MP3]
     


The Black Angels
The First Vietnamese War [MP3]
     


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Over the Rhine
Trouble [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2007
by PopMatters Staff

Spoon
The Underdog [MP3] from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga on Merge
     


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N.E.R.D.
She Wants to Move (Justice Remix) [MP3]
     


White Rabbits
The Plot [MP3] from Fort Nightly on Say Hey
     


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The Sharp Things
Ocean Part Deux [MP3] from A Moveable Feast on Bar/None
     


Storm King [MP3] from A Moveable Feast on Bar/None
     


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