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by Crispin Kott

23 Jul 2010


If you’re like me (and I know I am), you’ve wasted nearly a decade of your life hoping the Bees will swarm across the Atlantic and into the venue closest to your front door which has the ideal mixture of a quality sound system, an intimate-without-being-crowded floor and an ambiance worthy of a band who (through a cruel series of misfortunes which can only be taken personally at this point) have yet to play a gig in the United States.

The Bees (or A Band of Bees as they’re sometimes known) hail from the Isle of Wight, though three previous (and brilliant) albums have typified their open arms approach to melding musical styles from across the varied world spectrum. But their last full release, Octopus, dropped more than three years ago. When they followed that by pulling out of a Coachella appearance in 2008, it left their faithful wondering what the heck was on the horizon.

And now, it seems, our collective prayers have been answered, as the Bees are putting the finishing touches on their fourth album proper, Every Step’s a Yes. And because we’ve been such patient and good little boys and girls, the Bees have made available “Silver Line”, a charmingly pastoral song with a charmingly low-fi video. Worryingly for anyone hoping the album’s release is imminent, the song contains the line, “And I tell you that we won’t be rushed.”

But keep those chins up, Bees enthusiasts: Live shows are already underway, and perhaps those of us in the colonies will finally get the chance to dust off our best “Chicken Payback” moves in a live setting.

by Matt Mazur

22 Jul 2010


First Film: Bush Christmas (Henri Safan) and BMX Bandits, both 1983

Must-see: Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999); The Others (Alejandro Amenabar, 2001); Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2004)

Star Turn: To Die For (Gus Van sant, 1995), in which she played a weather girl hell bent on becoming famous.

Underrated: Noah Baumbach’s generally underrated 2007 film Margot at the Wedding is Kidman’s finest performance to date, playing a brittle, brutal best-selling author who believe she is the actual center of the universe, opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh as her titular sister. Fearless work.

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Next year, she will star in HBO’s Hemmingway & Gellhorn for Phillip Kaufman and down the road she will play a trans man in Lasse Halstrom’s drama The Danish Girl,  but this year she will topline John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of the Broadway smash Rabbit Hole. Most recently she was found singing to Daniel Day Lewis in the all-star Nine.

by PopMatters Staff

22 Jul 2010


POPMATTERS SPONSOR: The new Michael Cera vehicle Scott Pilgrim opens 13 August, but is making a big push a bit early at this week’s Comic-Con. There’s a whole bunch of events planned (all the info after the jump), including live music from Gorgeous Got a Gun, who won the recent contest through Sonicbids, “Indie Rock vs. the World: Battle of the Bands”. There are also ample opportunities to meet the cast and crew of the film at Comic-Con and all the info on that will be available via this Twitter.

by William Carl Ferleman

22 Jul 2010


Hole’s Courtney Love has found fashion; she recently authorized a new fashion blog. Titled “What Courtney Wore Today”, the blog includes myriad pictures, cartoons, and brief write-ups by unknown persons, Love’s associates presumably. Representative entry: “Note the perfectly aligned Illamasqua rouges! Lashings of blushes! How fab…. is there really an age where one grows too old to use rouge? We doubt it…Also, couture knickers (we know what they cost so they had better be) by Agent Provacatuer!” 

Love’s fashion blog is most fascinating, dare I say insightful, because it prominently displays the amount of work that is necessary to make or, again, fashion a particular type of image. There may be an immediate contradiction with Love on this topic, though. For the last decade or so, Love has seemingly been inspired by a lack of fashion or artifice; the inclination to be nude or grossly anti-fashion has thus dominated her. A striptease-like routine has been part of her formula for some time.

by Steve Horowitz

22 Jul 2010


Iowa denizen Joe Price sings and plays old-time, rough-hewn, country blues with a nasty metal slide that makes his gee-tar ring. His guitar playing wife Vicki joins in and sings in a complementary fashion. The duo’s new CD Rain or Shine features lots of downright nasty licks and gut-thumping rhythms. They may not be doing anything that hasn’t been done before, but these musicians bring forth the blues in all its rural beauty. These six songs offer solid proof.


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