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by Timothy Gabriele

8 Oct 2010


Though the lead singer looks terminally bored in this video, this is truly gorgeous stuff. Translated from granular distortion and marble-mouthed vocals into something discernible, even terrestrial, Memoryhouse’s cover of My Blood Valentine’s “When You Sleep” still feels synchronal to the original. Like the Scissor Sisters’ disco take on 1979 pop-prog, Memoryhouse supplant shoegaze for something that could of floated out of some liminal space between the K Records and Red House Painters axis. Actually, there’s something about the piano line too that suggests this cut could have been the perfect addition to Jon Brion’s soundtrack for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Memoryhouse have dissected the bittersweet dynamics of MBV’s harsh sound and extracted just the sweet, but it turns out that the sweet’s pretty delectable all on its own.

by William Carl Ferleman

8 Oct 2010


Solo artist and Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has recently covered John Lennon’s song “How?”—from Lennon’s classic album, Imagine (1971). Osbourne has always voiced his love and admiration both for The Beatles and John Lennon, and his tribute will benefit Amnesty International. For clear evidence of Lennon’s influence on Osbourne, watch Osbourne’s “Dreamer” video. Also, Lennon’s own video for “How?” would be critical if one wishes to compare or contrast the two.

by Jessy Krupa

7 Oct 2010


If John Lennon wasn’t tragically murdered at the age of 40, then he would be celebrating his 70th birthday this week. Perhaps instead of focusing on this sad fact, we should turn our attention to the fascinating accomplished life that he lived. 

On October 9th, 1940 John Lennon was born, according to some sources, during a WWII air raid. He grew to adore British skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll music and formed a group with some of his friends from school. In 1958, that group, the Quarrymen, recorded a cover of Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day”.

by Joseph Fisher

7 Oct 2010


W. Scott Poole’s recent PopMatters review of the Blu-Ray edition of The Blair Witch Project stung a little bit. While I think Poole absolutely nailed all of the problems inherent in improving the AV quality of a film that was supposed to be shot on handheld camcorders, I also have always had a soft spot for the Blair Witch deep in my heart, so it was a bit tough to see the film described as “dated”.

Which brings me, of course, to this post!  Watch below:

Now watch over here.

Frightening how relevant the movie just became, eh?

by Matt Mazur

7 Oct 2010


Forget about James Gandolfini (I have never seen an episode of The Sopranos, no lie). Yes, Kristen Stewart is in this as well (I’m told she is also in some big vampire movie franchise?). Welcome to the Rileys has one major draw for this writer: PopMatters favorite Melissa Leo, Oscar-nominated star of Frozen River.

I talked to Leo—who also offers key support in Conviction and The Fighter this year—about her process in August: “Its hard work. If you ask me about the shooting Frozen River, I will tell you fairy stories about how delightful it was, because it was to me, [but] to get lost in the character and to not be recognized from one character to the other is my joy and my pleasure”

For her disappearing act as a bereaved mother looking for peace in Welcome to the Rileys, Leo could very well be rewarded with a second Oscar nomination if the buzz is to be believed.

The film opens in limited release October 29.

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