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Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Califone releases a beautifully animated stop-motion video by Jesse Stein for "Magdalene" from 2013's Stitches.


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Monday, Apr 7, 2014
“Rape Me” was intended as a razor-sharp anti-rape anthem, an emblem of the feminist messages Kurt began channeling during the last two years of his life. That's not how it was taken.

Several years after Kurt Cobain died, I went to Sam Goody with a $20 bill and came home with In Utero.


I was 11, maybe 12. “Rape Me” was my favorite. I blasted the track and asked my parents what “rape” meant. They thumbed through the lyric booklet, frowned at the fetuses dotting the cover art, and quickly confiscated the disc to a bedroom closet, where, some weeks later, I happened upon it and reclaimed it in secret. Forbidden art is alluring art, and In Utero has been my favorite Nirvana release ever since. I already owned Nevermind, but In Utero was different—scarier, sharper around the edges. At least in part, that was because of “Rape Me”.


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Monday, Apr 7, 2014
The film indicts US arrogance in its many forms, including the American administrations and corporate interests that blundered their ways through decades of combat and escalation.

“Look, they’re focusing on us now. First they bomb as much as they please, then they film.” Responding to the camera following him across a broken, muddy plot of land where the remains of a home lean into the rain, a Vietnamese villager disdains the effort to document his loss. Among the many self-aware moments in Peter Davis’ Hearts and Minds, this one is particularly tragic. There is no distinguishing between invasions for him, as he remains resilient and proud, as a neighbor leans down to pick up debris in the background. The camera pans with his movement to find another man, who stares directly into the lens as he puts a cigarette to his lips. Affronted perpetually, all they can do is watch those who watch them.


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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The justifiably legendary Lyle Lovett played his large band classic "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)" on Conan last night. We all need a little swing in our lives and this is a great place to start.

Lovett will begin a North American tour on May 1 with an appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.



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Friday, Apr 4, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The frontman for San Francisco's Birds & Batteries, Mike Sempert, has picked up and moved to Los Angeles with his new wife and a burgeoning solo career.

Mike Sempert‘s sound is very much rooted in the SoCal singer-songwriter sound with influences from ‘70s classics like Gram Parsons and Fleetwood Mac. His new LP, Mid Dream, releases May 6th via Velvet Blue Music and we have a new track here from the album to share with you.


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