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by J.M. Suarez

30 Jul 2010


Travis frontman Fran Healy is set to release his first solo album, Wreckorder, on October 5th. The first single, “Buttercups”, is now available for streaming on Healy’s website. The new album boasts some impressive guests such as Neko Case who duets with Healy on “Sing Me to Sleep”, as well as Paul McCartney playing bass on “As It Comes”.

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by PopMatters Staff

30 Jul 2010


Whether or not you think it’s a particularly good idea for the most powerful person on the planet to set foot on a daytime TV stage, you have to admit this was pretty entertaining. Does it diminish the office of the president as some observers, like Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has claimed this week? Or is this just an inevitable outgrowth of our celebrity and trash TV obsessed times? Whoopi Goldberg did address race issues with the President, which many “hard news” reporters have shied away from, but in this clip Obama talks pop culture.

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.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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