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by Cynthia Fuchs

30 Jul 2010


The film, available at SnagFilms beginning 30 July and screening as part of the Rooftop Films series in Brooklyn on 31 July, tells Kilmi’s story via wry narration and cleverly juxtaposed images. No matter the earnestness of the cold warriors, Disco and the Atomic War makes clear that the most effective weapon is the West’s completely corny “soft power.”

by Tom Fenwick

30 Jul 2010


French duo Jamaica, formerly Poney Poney, have just released the video for their latest single “Short & Entertaining”. Brimming with feverish stop-start guitars and breezy fuzz-pop melodies, the track is a three-minute, foot-stomping statement of intent. If that wasn’t enough, as a bonus for thrash metal/French pop crossover fans, the video features a cameo from founding member of Sepultura, Igor Cavalera. “Short & Entertaining” will be released on August 16th through Co-op Music. With their debut album No Problem (produced by one half of Justice) coming a week later.

by G. Christopher Williams

29 Jul 2010


Not only does Stéphanie Mercier’s Les filles sont nulles aux jeux vidéo declare that “girls suck at video games”, it attempts to illustrate why: the “game” is often stacked against the girls.

This satire uses its video game metaphors to good effect to explore the obstacles that protagonists in real life face within the structure of their own “game” world.

Watch out for fallen or thrown babies and keep that cellphone handy.

by Lana Cooper

29 Jul 2010


Just a girl and her ukulele, Denver singer-songwriter Danielle Ate the Sandwich (aka - Danielle Anderson) has been generating support for her third album, Two Bedroom Apartment through YouTube. A sonic wedding between Joni Mitchel and Death Cab for Cutie, Danielle’s earnest lyrics and clear, beautiful soprano voice are a staple of her repertoire—as are kicky arrangements on originals and unexpected covers. Although she flies solo on YouTube renditions of her songs, on Two Bedroom Apartment, Danielle is backed by a talented group of musicians (who also accompanied her on a rollicking, folk-edged cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” at the album’s release party). Apparently, the YouTube buzz has been paying off as Danielle Ate the Sandwich will be playing the Mile High Festival’s Wolf Stage in August along with the likes of Weezer and Train.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Jul 2010


Steel guitar blues master Robert Randolph and band delve into the roots of blues and R&B on their latest album We Walk This Road. Randolph and producer T Bone Burnett mined the American musical archives for the record to produce something of an ode to 20th century American music. Along the way, Randolph and his ace band rework songs by John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and Prince, as well as older tunes. Today we have the pleasure of premiering a live video performance of “Traveling Shoes” produced by Yours Truly that includes an enlightening interview segment.

Today in his review of the album for PopMatters, Ryan Reed said of “Traveling Shoes”: “Burnett’s influence behind the boards is felt immediately, with Marcus Randolph’s drums pounding, bone-dry and big. It’s a stellar track with a sweltering groove—most importantly, it does exactly what the album aspires toward: merging the ancient and the current, proving the Road hasn’t changed a bit. The inspired ‘No, no, no, no / No, no, no’ chant sounds like the blues incarnate, and Randolph’s whirring pedal steel is the sound of pain filtered through an instrument.”

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