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by PopMatters Staff

17 Nov 2009


R&B superstar Rihanna formally launched her new album, Rated R, last night in London. The album drops last week and she played her first live performance since this past February to kick things off in style. It was a big-time event meant to draw media interest with Jay-Z stopped by for two duets and Young Jeezy popping in for an appearance as well on “Hard” off Rihanna’s new record. Jay-Z performed his tune “Run This Town” with Rihanna and then joined with her on her massive smash “Umbrella”.

Here’s a snippet from last night’s festivities…

by PopMatters Staff

16 Nov 2009


The long-awaited, at least in some quarters, new Twilight movie hits theatres later this week, but the hype has been going on seemingly forever. Part of that was the early release of the film’s soundtrack, an indie soaked affair featuring Thom Yorke, Death Cab for Cutie, St. Vincent and others that clearly has the vampire film franchise trying to reach into a hipper audience base this time around.

We’ve rounded up the available videos for the soundtrack below. Don’t be surprised if this is all you really need in the way of Twilight. Where there’s no decent video, we have included a link to a streaming version of the song on Lala or YouTube.

01 Death Cab For Cutie - “Meet Me on the Equinox”

by Tyler Gould

16 Nov 2009


All these Monsters of Folk videos that keep popping up are just making me sad that I’ll never see another Desparecidos album. C’mon, Conor, stop wasting your time with this indie folk supergroup nonsense. The real money is in early millennial political emo-punk.

by Tyler Gould

16 Nov 2009


Wetdog
Frauhaus!
(Angular)
Releasing: 30 November

Angular guitar riffs. Angular guitar riffs. Angular guitar riffs. Any consumer of music criticism will know that there is surely no other way to describe this kind of song. It’s only fitting that Angular Records is putting out this album, which you can pre-order now, if it pleases you.

SONG LIST
01 Lower Leg
02 Trehorne Beach Song
03 Tidy Up Your Bedroom
04 Trees Fall
05 That Man Delivers Papers
06 Night Comes Down
07 Ethiopia
08 Wymmin’s Final
09 Fist Face
10 Snapper
11 Round Vox
12 Long Long Time To Go
13 Waiting List (intro)
14 New Year

by Tyler Gould

16 Nov 2009


Pink Skull put together a groove and a half here with “Ritualistic Bug Use”. This particular jam comes from Endless Bummer, which you can buy as an LP with a digital download of the full album plus some bonus tracks.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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