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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.

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.

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20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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