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by PopMatters Staff

29 Oct 2010


Portland’s Horse Feathers has already impressed this year with Thistled Spring. Matthew Fiander wrote that Justin Ringle’s singing was in top form and that the album evoked the “sound of rebirth” and went on to discuss how the record ” is bracing because it refuses to wallow anymore. It recognizes all the past’s ache, and gives it a sound, but the album turns itself over to hope in the end.” The band has more in store for us this year with a superb 7-inch single releasing next Tuesday, with a moving cover of Nirvana’s “Drain You” as the A-side, backed by “Bonnet of Briars”. We are extremely proud to present the online premiere of “Drain You” this afternoon. Make sure you pick up the 7-inch release too because, you know, vinyl really does rule.

by Joseph Fisher

29 Oct 2010


Of all the various consumes that Vanilla Ice has donned over the years (pop-rap crossover icon, street thug, hardcore metalhead), this latest—that of a home improvement contractor—might be his most sincere. Now airing on the DiY Network, The Vanilla Ice Project follows Robert Van Winkle as he renovates multi-million dollar mansions. The early episodes are pretty promising, showcasing his impressive knowledge of construction, as well as his theatrical skill in front of the camera. 

All-in-all, as unlikely as it might sound, The Vanilla Ice Project works quite well. Of course, there’s no guarantee on how long the show will work. But, just like a fresh coat of paint in your living room, it’s good for now. 

Now, if Mike Holmes would put on some of Ice’s old parachute pants while doing his work, that would be a show to catch.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Oct 2010


Boshra al Saadi was born in Syria and now works her musical magic in New York, mashing up genres like indie pop, hip-hop, and Afro rock in perfect multicultural fashion. She has recently released a mix-tape, Summer of Saadi, which you can sample below via Soundcloud and today we have the pleasure of premiering her new tune, “Bad Seeds”.

  Summer Of Saadi Mixtape by Dither Down

by J.C. Sciaccotta

29 Oct 2010


Like vintage gangsta rap?

Like Halloween?

Then look no further than the Geto Boys’ 1991 classic “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”. Though primarily a song about inner-city paranoia and depression, the song’s most famous moment occurs when Bushwick Bill lays down a Halloween tale that puts most campfire urban legends to shame.

While “robbin’ little kids for bags” on his neighborhood block, Bill and the Boys get stalked by a monstrous, seven-foot cop. Soon enough, the monster cop catches up to them and a brawl ensues. They triple-team him, bringing him down to the sidewalk, with Bill continuing to bash his head into the concrete long after the squabble’s been settled.

Things aren’t entirely what they seem however, and the story’s conclusion perfectly reflects the kind of warped psychological state someone might develope from suffering through the nightmarish environment that is the ghetto. Halloween becomes a metaphor for Bushwick Bill’s everyday life, an existence filled with ghoulish realities usually reserved for only one day on the calendar.

by Sarah Zupko

28 Oct 2010


On 23 November, Time Life is releasing the complete series box set for ‘70s TV classic The Six Million Dollar Man. I confess to following this show religiously as a kid along with the Bionic Woman and one of the highlights of my very early childhood was meeting Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman) in Denver at a children’s hospital. The set includes 40 DVDs covering the show’s five seasons along with 30 hours of bonus features. It’s treasure trove for ‘70s TV geeks as it also includes the three pilot TV movies and the three reunion shows. Today, we present the premiere of the DVD trailer along with an extra clip to whet your appetite. Yep, I want this one for Christmas.

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