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by Maria Schurr

18 May 2011

Both the concept album and musicals are fodder for write-offs and ridicule, but developments this year have returned some credibility to these forums of expression. Once seen as an indulgence of prog rockers and something only tourists and old people could ever really love, respectively, 2011 has seen PJ Harvey turn the concept album into something very deep with Let England Shake, while South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have revived the musical and made it into something for everyone (excepting the easily offended) to love with The Book of Mormon.

Now, the Indelicates—the UK’s great unsung indie-pop subverters—have taken on both the concept album and the musical with their third album, to be released next week. In true Indelicates fashion, the concept they’ve chose is a heady one; they have made a concept album/musical on David Koresh, he of the 1993 Waco Siege, and have entitled it David Koresh Superstar. And if preview track, “Something’s Goin’ Down in Waco” is anything to go by, it’s going to be a mind-blower. While disembodied voices and unusual subject matter set to a beguiling cabaret rhythm may not be the ingredients for the perfect chart-topper, the Indelicates could just win over a few idiosyncratic hearts with their singular—and pretty catchy—vision.

by Steven Zeitchik - Los Angeles Times (MCT)

18 May 2011

CANNES, France—In 2007 it was No Country for Old Men and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. In 2009 it was Inglourious Basterds and A Prophet. A bit more than halfway through this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it’s not too early to predict which films will endure long after the last beachside-club guard dog scampers to different pastures.

Here are six movies you didn’t know before that you’re almost certainly to know about after the festival shuts its doors.

Steven Zeitchik - Los Angeles Times (MCT)

by Cynthia Fuchs

18 May 2011

Again and again in Araya, workers go to the sea and bring back salt and fish. Fathers pass on rituals of life and labor, their sons apparently unthinking as they accept their lots, and proceed as heir ancestors have done. At once lyrical and relentless, the documentary follows their daily rhythms, their treks to the shore, the baskets they load and carry, their weary walks home again. Awarded the Cannes critics’ prize in 1959, Margot Benacerraf’s movie is now restored and released for the first time in the U.S. by Milestone Films (the company who also brought I Am Cuba, Killer of Sheep and The Exiles to theaters and DVD). The workers are resolute, the film beautiful and also heartbreaking, resisting resists categories, leaning forward while looking back. Here past and future collapse, along with poetry and poverty, documentary and invention.

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by Sarah Zupko

17 May 2011

Montreal’s real life Klezmer hip-hopper is releasing his latest album, Sleepover, today in digital form. The physical release will follow later this summer. “Sleepover” is a wacky, hip-hop mash-up with Klezmer accordions and lyrics that seem to poke fun at rap’s obsession with “booty”. We love Socalled’s mixed-up genre stew here at PopMatters, with Ghettoblaster being one of 2007’s highlights. Following that record’s release, Socalled traveled the world lecturing and teaching masters classes. For the new album, he has teamed with some 34 musicians, including Chilly Gonzales, Irving Fields, Fred Wesley of the JB Horns, C-Rayz Walz.


by Matt Mazur

17 May 2011

Elizabeth Taylor … Suddenly, Last Summer

Oscar Nominees:

Doris Day ... Pillow Talk
Audrey Hepburn ... The Nun’s Story
Katharine Hepburn ... Suddenly, Last Summer
Simone Signoret ... Room at the Top
Elizabeth Taylor ... Suddenly, Last Summer

Mazur Nominees:

Dorothy Dandridge … Porgy and Bess

//Mixed media

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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