Jesse Harris largely pays the bills playing guitar for Norah Jones, but he’s also an accomplished solo artist in his own right. This past August, the New York singer-songwriter gave us Through the Night, which PopMatters’ Jennifer Cooke described as “introspective, jazzy pop, but the through-line in all of his work seems to be a pared-down, unfussy approach to music that clearly comes from the heart.” Today, we offer an exclusive download from the album, the über mellow “It’s a Long Way Just to Say Hello”, with the lovely Brazilian jazz touches.
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If you haven’t seen Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by now, you should be slapped into oblivion. Criminally ignored at the box office, this soon-to-be cult classic from Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) was the high-octane highlight of a particularly drab summer.
It also had a kick-ass soundtrack, featuring the likes of Beck, Broken Social Scene, and Metric!
The official video for Metric’s contribution, “Black Sheep”, is now available for all to see. Shot in July 2010 at Comic-Con after a surprise screening of the film, the video is available for streaming below and can also be purchased on iTunes.
This nasty jam from a handful of Grime MCs was released last year on Dusk and Blackdown’s Keysound Recordings, but it has recently been remixed by the label owners themselves in a series of dizzying images intended for a live audio-visual experience that rotated around the UK this fall
The Internet offers a plethora of options for those interested in reading insightful and relevant content about popular culture. But, sometimes you need to get your cultural fix while working out, cooking dinner, or sitting in traffic. The exhilarating world of podcasting opens up new opportunities for pop culture analysis in the relatively young medium. However, as is the case with the written word, it can often be difficult to separate the podcasting wheat from the chaff. For every intelligent and well-produced episode, there are hundreds of rambling, amateurish productions available for download on a daily basis. Here is a list of ten particularly rewarding podcasts covering the worlds of film, television, music, and literature. I always look forward to seeing new episodes of the following pop up on my iPhone:
#10: Film Junk
Although it took me a while to get into this podcast initially, it is now prominent in my regular rotation. Three movie fans from St. Catherines, Ontario talk weekly for a couple of hours about all aspects of the cinema, from movie news, to trailer trash, to reviews of new releases. While this podcast leans dangerously towards irrelevant rambling on occasion, the hosts are amusing enough that they are entertaining to listen to even when they talk about hockey or their collections of Star Wars memorabilia. The insights of documentary filmmaker and co-host Jay Cheel are of particular interest.
After a year of predictable pomp and circumstance, the Liam Gallagher-fronted Beady Eye launched its first official salvo today with “Bring the Light”. The band, which also includes former Oasis-mates Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock, who took over the drum duties for the mercurial Manchester legends on tour for what is currently their final album, Dig Out Your Soul.
“Bring the Light”, which Beady Eye offered as a free download on their official site this morning, is a steaming slab of rawk with screaming guitars, sassy soul singers and a piano-driven rhythm which comes off like Jerry Lee Lewis fronting the Velvet Underground in a fevered dream by Jason Pierce.
In April, Gallagher said in the NME that Beady Eye would be “a lot more musical than Oasis”, though it’s too early to try and first decipher what that even means, and then apply it to a single release. If anything, the song provides a tasty teaser of what’s to come. It isn’t the earth-shattering return Oasis fans might have been hoping for, but it’s hardly the disaster everyone else predicted, either.
“Bring the Light” meanders and doesn’t really sink its teeth into anything, but it sure is a fun ride.