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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009

Filmore Mescalito Holmes wrote last year about Somalian rapper K’naan that “he clearly remembers what it was like to have three of his best friends shot in a single day, he understands the hope he desired at the time, and is doing his best to deliver it to the people who still need it. He is honestly trying to give back to the tragic birthplace of his soul, not merely profit from it like Fiddy Cent.” His work is indeed powerful and we eagerly anticipate his major label debut, Troubadour, out on February 24th. Here’s the new video “ABC’S” featuring MC Chubb Rock. Tour dates below…


And here’s the video for “Dreamer”...


TOUR DATES
2/05 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College Fine Arts Center
2/06 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Union Ballroom
2/07 Guelph, OH Sleeman Center
2/08 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Bar and Grill
2/10 Madison, WI The Annex
2/11 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural
2/13 Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska
2/14 Denver, CO The Bluebird
2/16 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
2/19 Garberville, CA Toph’s House
2/20 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
2/21 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena
2/25 New York, NY SOB’s
2/27 Washington, DC Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
3/01 Allston, MA Harper’s Ferry
3/02 Philadelphia, PA World Café
3/04 Atlanta, GA Vinyl
3/05 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s
3/06 Orlando, FL Social
3/07 Miami, FL Bicentennial Park
3/09 Portland, OR Doug Fir
3/10 Seattle, WA Neumos
4/17 Indio, CA Coachella


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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

We’re looking forward to the release of Frozen River on DVD February 10th. Melissa Leo’s performance was one of the finest acting turns of last year and got her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The film made our Top 30 coming in at #14. Matt Mazur describes it this way: “With an intellectual, pummeling veracity, writer-director Courtney Hunt executes a film that is sparse, powerful and assured. Finally, we have a feminist movie, made by a woman, starring women that is about real women’s issues. Yet, because of this, and because of Hollywood’s idiotic bias against films by female directors, Hunt is not getting the kind of awards circuit praise she and her first film truly deserve.”



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Monday, Feb 2, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

The Von Bondies
Pale Bride [MP3] from Love Hate and Then There’s You
     


Azita
I’m Happy [MP3] from How Will You? [17 February]
     


Ruby Isle
My Girls (Animal Collective cover) [MP3]
     


Richard Swift
Lady Luck [MP3]


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Monday, Feb 2, 2009

If you’ve ever wondered what a MGMT video directed by David Lynch might look like, boy are you in luck! With corpse make-up, seizures, inexplicable deer, and semi-nude ballet, this new Antony and the Johnsons video is as close as you’re likely to get in this life.  Interestingly enough, it’s in fact directed by fellow cross-dressing enthusiasts the Wachowski Brothers (well, just one of them is an ALLEGED cross dresser, to be clear), of The Matrix fame.


“Epilepsy Is Dancing” is the first single from Antony’s new record The Crying Light.



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Monday, Feb 2, 2009

“Dusty” is the best word to describe the video for the third single from Glasvegas’ self-titled album. Some sort of dust storm sweeps in as young people hang about in desolate-looking houses, giving each other meaningful looks (one so meaningful a shaft of light blasts out of the kid’s face). Suffice to say, it doesn’t seem to be a literal interpretation of the lyrics and it’s hard to tell what it’s all supposed to mean. It really reminds me a lot of the “Scotch Mist” episode of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace except with the cast of Skins (you Brits know what I’m talking about, apologies to everyone else). Anyway, the song is good, the album is better, and this video is… interesting… kinda.


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