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by Jennifer Cooke

22 Mar 2010

The Apples in Stereo
Travellers in Space and Time
(Yep Roc/Simian Records/ Elephant 6)
Releasing: 20 April

You may have thought Elijah Wood had already done everything in his power to ensure his position as the ne plus ultra of hipster video stars, but he takes it to another level in the new promotional clip for the new Apples in Stereo record, Travellers in Space and Time. The fact that there is very little actual music featured is beside the point. More shenanigans can be found at

01 The Code
02 Dream About the Future
03 Hey Elevator
04 Strange Solar System
05 Dance Floor
06 C.P.U.
07 No One in the World
08 Dignified Dignitary
09 No Vacation
10 Told You Once
11 It’s All Right
12 Next Year at About the Same Time
13 Floating in Space
14 Nobody But You
15 Wings Away
16 Time Pilot

Dance Floor [MP3]

by Diepiriye Kuku

21 Mar 2010

“This is what change looks like”—President Obama on the passage of the health care bill 2010.
“How y’ah like me now”—Kool Moe Dee on passage of fly lines and breaking beats.
“Phew! Now let’s continuing governing”—The American people as we persevere in lining up with one another, and marching to a steady beat.

Now that “We, the People” can get late breaking news without the big media fixture… we can watch the admin online. “This is what change looks like.” I didn’t know, and I wasn’t sure, so thanks for clearing that one up, Big B. I’m a gen-XYer, which means that I was exposed to plenty of MTV and more than my share of bad governance. Governance was so bad under that mesmerizing era when the late Mr. Jackson was singing “Beat It!” that our leaders actually boasted of out-sourcing the care taking of most public goods. Social inequality expanded exponentially, but on MTV all we saw were those who came out on top; now we call it bling! Big bucks bred big benefits for what was presented as a benign few. Money just grew for anyone who worked hard was what the TV was selling. Now, at least, more folks know that to be untrue, not when public goods like a nation’s health security are compromised. But these are all the facts one misses when these stories are consumed and regurgitated to us by big media. Thanks to the Internet, we can surf the White House’s channel directly. “How y’ah like me now!”

Bollywood’s got their Big B, Mr Amitabh Bachchan himself, a 68-year-old film star that continues to appropriate pop cultures’ latest trends to reproduce his stardom. Bollywood’s Big B and his son each have commercial hip-hop videos—outtakes of sing ‘n’ dance film in full Bollywood array. Then Big B’s son married Bollywood’s fairest maiden. (And fair skin is big bucks in India, hence dames like Big B’s daughter-in-law are necessarily Fair and Lovely like the popular skin-bleaching cream. See the picture here of Big B, Aishwarya and Lil B before the major-event-wedding in 2007, and back when Indian chicks on screen could still boast some flesh—now thin is absolutely IN!) This courtly affair commands the attention of millions, and is its own marketing machine that could sustain that family’s wealth for generations to come even if none of them ever worked again. Until just over a year ago, it felt like America only had those sorts of stars—that kind of Bollywood Big B—the wealth alliances and fantasies sold to the masses of poor, one rupee at a time. But, apparently I was blind, because now I see watershed decisions made by those elected to govern. Like crack to a fiend, or like dark chocolate to me, Sunday, March 21st, 2010 feels like Tony Toni Toné: It feels good, yeah. It feeeeeels good!”

by Sarah Zupko

21 Mar 2010

German producer Shantel has made his name as a remixer of Balkan music, beginning his career in Frankfurt working with electronic sounds, but gradually expanding into traditional Balkan gypsy sounds. The music is back there in his bloodlines with a set of grandparents originally from Bukovina. Shantel’s latest album Planet Paprika came out last year and “Authentic” is the new video from that release. Now the Authentic EP is being released on 9 April.

Shantel has bold ambitions with his cross-cultural musical melting pot: “You want anarchy and romance? You want to be catapulted out of the here and now with all its problems and worries? So do we – and we’re happy to take you with us to a new dimension. We come from different horizons, from different countries. We have learned a lot on our travels and we’d like to give some of that back.”

01 Authentic / Original Album Version
02 Authentic / Sheik Kolo - SHANTEL feat.: DREAM TEAM (YU)
03 Authentic / Off the Wall - SHANTEL feat.: NIL (Live @ Greenpan // Hamburg)
04 Authentic / Yamaha.Eletrico Remix
05 Authentic / schlachthofbronx Remix

Also, check out a video interview with Shantel where he discusses how he creates his unique music.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Mar 2010

Perpetual PopMatters fave Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings stopped by the WOXY stage in Austin to play a tune off their upcoming album I Learned the Hard Way, which is releasing on 6 April.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Mar 2010

dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip
The Logic of Chance
(Sunday Best)
Releasing: 30 March

Whip-smart and witty English hip-hop duo unleash their second major LP—not counting a few small limited run dealios earlier in their career—late this month. The first single is “Get Better” and it’s hit #30 so far on the British charts.

01 Sick Tonight
02 Five Minutes
03 Cauliflower
04 GB
05 Get Better
06 Inert Explosions
07 Stake a Claim
08 The Beat
09 Last Train Home
10 Snob
11 Cowboi

“Get Better” [MP3]

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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