Latest Blog Posts

by L.B. Jeffries

23 Jun 2010


Appreciating this clip from Everyday Shooter takes some explanation if you’re unfamiliar with how the game works. Everyday Shooter is an emergent music game, which means that the normal beeps and pews have been replaced with sound effects meant to compliment the background track. Everytime the glowing dot hits something with a bullet, a unique guitar note is struck. Keeping everything musically coherent is very difficult and even the most talented designers opt for House music or techno to make the work easier.

Everyday Shooter is unique in this already small genre because it draws on inspirations like Steve Reich’s Electronic Counter-Point along with a hefty amount of Don Caballero. The music is almost entirely electric guitar, performed by programmer and designer Jonathon Mak. Some tracks work better than others depending on your tastes, but all are designed conceptually as songs because of how rigidly you have to play to have much chance of survival. For that reason the game is brutally difficult. Each level is its own track and designed completely differently from the other. Enemies do not repeat, you have to study each level individually and figure out how to win. By doing so, the level’s song starts to make more sense and come together the more you play. The video is from the last level. It’s a moody and cathartic guitar solo, which is appropriate considering how hard it is to get to this point in the game.

by Jonathan Simrin

23 Jun 2010


A Michel Gondry-directed, Seth Rogen-written action comedy at first seems like a pretty random collaboration. Is it random enough to work? Well, the trailer does not seem to give an aye or nay. It has all the staples of a big budget superhero film, with a tragic origin story, city corruption, car-mounted machine guns, a generous dose of comedy, and Cameron Diaz as a sexy secretary. Rogen certainly brings his signature lovable loser style of humor, but there’s not a bong to be found here. Rogen stars as an heir to a media empire, who finally makes something of himself when he crosses paths with Kato (Jay Chou), who brings all the gadget-savvy know-how to their vigilante operation. It’s unclear how good the film will be, since the trailer is really just showcasing what’s expected of an action comedy (Christoph Waltz as villain—check!). Still, it’s hard to believe this is the same director who made The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind.

by Matthew Blackwell

23 Jun 2010


Clinic has announced that their sixth album, titled Bubblegum, will be released on Domino October 4 (UK) and October 5 (US). Domino has also provided a brief medley of the album.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Jun 2010


Chalk this up to people who have far too much time on their hands. AP interviews rabid fans of the Twilight franchise who are literally camping out in Los Angeles days in advance of the premiere to be the first ones to see the new film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opening 24 June at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film opens in wide release 30 June, but these die-hards want to be ahead of the masses on this one. That extra six-day wait would just be too much for art of this caliber, I guess.

by Alex Suskind

22 Jun 2010


Since 1970, the Glastonbury Festival for Contemporary Performing Arts in England has been a staple for music festivals all over the world. It began 40 years ago (although this isn’t the 40th time the festival has taken place. There have been several years where Glastonbury did not happen), when Marc Bolan, Keith Christmas, Stackridge, Al Stewart and Quintessence played for 1,500 music fans on a farm in Pilton, UK. Back then, the price for admission was £1 including free milk from the farm.

A lot has changed in the past four decades. Glastonbury is now regularly attended by more than 100,000 people each year and tickets run well over £200. This year’s event is being headlined by Gorillaz, Muse and Stevie Wonder.

In honor of the 2010 Glastonbury Festival, which takes place from 24th June - 27th June, we take a look at back at some of the most memorable performances in the festival’s history after the jump…

//Mixed media
//Blogs

The Sound and the Warmth: An Interview with Cardiknox

// Sound Affects

"New York's Cardiknox are taking more steps in their goal of world domination. With their debut record Portrait out, the band are dreaming big, wanting to transcend the indie pop scene.

READ the article