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by Benjamin Aspray

9 Aug 2010


If you miss Stereolab and Mr. Bungle—and I think we all do—then you owe it to yourself to give a listen to “Disco Dog”, from Belgian threesome Joy as a Toy. The specters of those progressive pop geniuses loom over all three-and-a-half glorious minutes, from the angular start-stop rhythms, to the brassy freak-outs in the middle, to the vibraphones throughout which sound straight off Stereolab’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup.

“Disco Dog” is the first track off the band’s debut album Valparaiso, out right now on Cheap Satanism Records. Stream the whole album for free here.

P.S. What the hell is a “disco dog” anyway? The lyrics—alternately sung and barked, naturally—don’t shed much light on this mystery. Neither does a Google search, even if it does reveal the term as an inexplicably popular brand name.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Aug 2010


SPONSORED POST—The new LG Rumor Touch is full-featured smart phone with 2 MB pixel camera and slide-out keyboard that makes surfing the web, posting to Twitter and Facebook and messaging both extremely easy and affordable.

The new “Beyond Talk” plans offer a simple pricing structure with no hidden fees and no contracts, plus they are very affordable, even for cash strapped college students. The basic plan, at $25, offers unlimited text messaging, email and web with 300 minutes of talk time. If you’re a chatty one and need unlimited talk time, you can get it for only $60 a month and with no contract, can change your plan as needed.

Other nifty features include a maps feature, so you can figure out where you are if you’re lost or how to get where you want to go. That camera can also function as a mini camcorder to record short movies. With easy access to Facebook, you can quickly post any media you record directly onto your profile.

by Jer Fairall

6 Aug 2010


Jake Shears and Ana Matronic

The Scissor Sisters’ third album Night Work might be garnering some mixed reviews (which is to say that it did from me, here at PopMatters, though others seem to like it), but the band certainly appears to be at no loss for creativity in their promotion of their latest album and tour.  The August installment of their “Scissor Sisters News” clips is rife with the band’s trademark irreverence, filled with hilariously tacky visuals and tasteless humour and featuring some backstage footage of Kylie Minogue rehearsing with the band, Jane Fonda demonstrating some Scissor Sisters “Night Workout” moves and, as the broadcast’s “Slovakian correspondent” (???), an enthusiastic, if all-too-brief appearance by Juliette Lewis. 

In typical Sisters fashion, it’s a lot of fun.

by Jennifer Cooke

6 Aug 2010


Is it too early to get excited for Christmas? The B-52’s Fred Schneider is back, in all his Snuggie-clad glory, fronting a new band called the Superions. The trio have decided to make their debut this October with a yuletide gem entitled “Destination…Christmas!” on Fanatic Records. Singing about Red Dye No. 2 and Santa at the disco is just what you’d expect from Schneider, and I, for one, can’t wait.

by Alistair Dickinson

6 Aug 2010


Metal/visual-kei superstars X Japan are performing in the United States for only the second time in their long history this weekend at Lollapalooza 2010. Festival organizer Perry Farrell took a personal interest in booking the Asian superstars for their huge Stateside gig, and to help promote their set he’s released a video where he discusses what fans can hope to see at Lollapalooza with X Japan founder Yoshiki.

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