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Wednesday, Sep 20, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

PopMatters feature: “Indie-Rock Stripes”

As Lannon explains the creative process behind Film School’s most recent album, I get a sense of the band’s flexible songwriting dynamic: ” ‘11:11’ and ‘On and On’ - those songs were done as jams all at once. ‘Sick of the Shame’ was an idea Krayg had on guitar and then I put all this electronic shit behind it. ‘Pitfalls’ was a loop I had on my pedal, and we built it around that. ‘Like You Know’ started off as a country jam Justin was playing on acoustic, and we made it a ballad with heavy droning guitars over it. I tend to come up with stuff in the moment when all five of us are jamming or in my studio all alone. Justin and Krayg will have a chord progression. They’ll bring it in to see if it works.”

Film School—11:11

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Tuesday, Sep 19, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

This Cursed House
Quite Scientific Records
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“It is finally here and we couldn’t be more proud. Made for everyone living within Detroit and its surrounding populous comes This Cursed House, the debut LP from seven southern Michiganders with an obviously envious eye to the north. Recorded in the dark of winter on a soundboard originally built and used in the early ‘80s to mix the second and third installments of the Star Wars trilogy, comes an unexpectedly warm record of art-folk arrangements featuring dual cellists, melodica, shout & response vocals, glockenspiel and rhodes piano. The band known as Canada has fast become the answer to the stuffy misaligned garage scene that has largely monopolized Detroit’s weary image in the minds of the masses. This is what music from the mitten is about… it’s the scene you should’ve been hearing from all along.”—Quite Scientific Records
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Motion Man
Pablito’s Way
Threshold Recordings, LLC
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“The long awaited return of Motion Man. Pablito’s Way is destined to be a classic album to cross boundries and unite hip-hop fans from many tastes.”—threshold recordings
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Thursday, Sep 14, 2006
by Philip Wuntch [The Dallas Morning News]

New version of Robert Penn Warren’s novel about a Huey Long-type politico has a powerful cast, including Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins and Patricia Clarkson. Penn’s southern drawl is an earful.

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The original gang, including Johnny Knoxville and Chris Pontius, are with us once again.


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Jet Li plays martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia, who overcame tragic odds to become China’s greatest fighter at the turn of the 20th century.

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James Franco and Jean Reno are among the stars in this tale of the Lafayette Escadrille, the first fighter pilots.


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Wednesday, Sep 13, 2006
by PopMatters Staff

From Rockstar Games: “Rockstar Games is proud to announce Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Developed by Rockstar Leeds in conjunction with series creators Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories will be available exclusively on the PSP™ system in North America on October 31th, 2006 and Europe on October 20th, 2006. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is a new game in the Grand Theft Auto series with an entirely new storyline, new missions and gameplay that brings an unprecedented experience to mobile gaming. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories features the interactive, open environment of Vice City with professional voice talent, a diverse soundtrack and high production values that have become trademarks of this landmark series.”

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Tuesday, Sep 12, 2006

Here are a few old treats we thought you’d enjoy now that Sam Moore is back in the spotlight with his new CD, Overnight Sensational.  Even the poor sound quality on the “Hold On, I’m Coming” video can’t disguise the magnificence of one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.  Enjoy the brilliance that is Sam Moore, even if the new record isn’t quite up to his normal lofty levels.

Sam and Dave—“When Something is Wrong With My Baby” [Live in 1965, backed by Booker T and the MGs]

Sam & Dave—“Hold On, I’m Coming” [Live, 1967]

Sam Moore—“I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” [Live on Later with Jools Holland, 2001]

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