The Blur documentary No Distance Left to Run had its London premiere last night in Leicester Square. British fans can catch the film in theatres now and pick up a copy of the DVD on 15 February. Those of us on this side of the pond will either have to switch our computers to PAL format to play the import DVD or wait until some underdetermined date for the US release. Me, I’m not waiting and will opt for PAL. It’s an easy change in your computer settings.
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Bomb the Bass
Back to Light
Releasing: 1 March
Perennial PopMatters fave Gui Boratto produces the new album due shortly from Bomb the Bass. Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) drops by to lend his synth chops to Milakia, while Kelley Polar, Richard Davis, and Paul Conboy guest on the album’s other tracks.
01 Boy Girl [ft. Paul Conboy]
02 X Rays Eyes [ft. Kelley Polar]
03 The Infinites [ft. Paul Conboy]
04 Price on Your Head [ft. Richard Davis]
05 Blindspot [ft. Paul Conboy]
06 Start [ft. Kelley Polar]
07 Burn Less Brighter [ft. Paul Conboy]
08 Happy To Be Cold [ft. Richard Davis]
09 Up the Mountain [ft. The Battle of Land and Sea]
10 Milakia [ft. Martin Gore]
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Dirty Shirt Rock ‘N’ Roll: The First Ten Years
Releasing: 30 March
A career retrospective is on the way this spring from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. This is just the opening volley in an extensive re-issue campaign which will see the re-release of all the band’s records in deluxe, expanded, and remastered form. The sets will include copious extras, including previously unreleased and rare songs.
Jazz drummer Ed Thigpen died in Copenhagen on Wednesday, January 13. His death at age 79 followed his struggles with Parkinson’s disease and a late-2009 hospitalization for other “heart and lung problems”. Widely recognized as an exceptionally tasteful and versatile drummer, Thigpen played with Oscar Peterson, Billy Taylor and Ella Fitzgerald, among others.
Just to get it out there in the open, what you are reading is a bit of a shameless plug—yet few shameless plugs are as fun as this one.
You see, I wouldn’t be here writing for PopMatters if it wasn’t for a guy named Benjamin Durdle. Ben was the guy who got me into recording songs, which has become one of my favorite hobbies in life. Am I any good at it? To be totally honest with you: no, not really—but that’s almost beside the point. Although I had always been a fan of pop music, it was Ben—the guy with keen underground sensibilities and an infectious love for actually recording whatever musical inkling dripped into his head—who opened me up to several new bands and the very concept of how music production works, which inevitably was one of the major things that lead me to become the writer that I am today.