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by Allison Taich

17 Nov 2009


Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush (of New Grass Revival) recently launched an internet video series, SBTV (Sam Bush TV). The idea for SBTV came in response to the overwhelming popularity of Bush’s previous series, “Ask Sam Anything”. The show currently boasts three episodes, featuring behind the scenes footage of Bush’s personal life and music, and became public on 20 October, 2009, the same day Bush’s self-produced Circles Around Me was released.

The new album includes collaborations from bluegrass greats Del McCoury, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and the Sam Bush Band. The real treat on the album is a demo with Courtney Johnson, co-founder of New Grass Revival, who passed away 13 years ago. The recently discovered demo dates back to 1976.

by Andy Edelstein - Newsday (MCT)

17 Nov 2009


Hokey smoke! Rocky and His Friends (later renamed The Bullwinkle Show) debuted 50 years ago this week. This wacky Jay Ward creation — featuring the misadventures of a flying squirrel and a dimwitted moose (as well as features like “Fractured Fairy Tales” and “Peabody’s Improbable History” aka “Sherman and Peabody”)—remains one of the most beloved of cartoons, even if it’s not being broadcast on TV today (a crime in and of itself).

Here are five things you may not have known about the moose, squirrel and their pals:

—During the early stages of preproduction, the show was going to be called Frostbite Falls Follies, to reflect Bullwinkle’s hometown of Frostbite Falls, Minn.

—The show’s narrator was William Conrad, best known as the rotund TV detective “Cannon”.

—Peter Noone, the lead singer of the British Invasion band Herman’s Hermits, got his name because bandmates thought he looked like Sherman of Mr. Peabody fame.

—Bad guy Boris Badenov’s name was a pun from Mussorgsky’s opera, Boris Godunov.

—June Foray, who voiced Rocky, also provided the voice for Boris’ nefarious better half, Natasha Fatale.



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.

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