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by Sarah Zupko

6 Feb 2010

Here’s a two-minute video from the Magazine Publishers of America and the American Society of Magazine Editors that condenses the history of the last decade into a presentation of 92 magazine covers that reflect the era we just lived through.

by Matt Moeller

5 Feb 2010

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain is the new PS3 exclusive game from developers Quantic Dream who made waves with the stylistically similar Indigo Prophecy in 2007. I’m anxious to see how Heavy Rain is received, considering its mature subject matter, unconventional game mechanics and unbelievable graphics. Take a look at the most recent trailer for this game that is due out February 23rd in the US.


by John Lindstedt

5 Feb 2010

In a clip that’s sure to be passed around from political junkie to junkie, two prolific and drastically different media figures faced off against each other this week. Returning to the show for the first time since 2004, The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart visits The O’Reilly Factor to face his ideological opposite, Bill O’Reilly. The two threw the standard punches (Fox News blows panic out of proportion, Stewart’s audience is made up of pot-smoking slackers), but the conversation ultimately becomes a sharp criticism of the media. No one really won, it was kind of a draw, but one should find it riveting no matter what side they’re on. The random edits, however, makes you wonder what may have been left in the cutting room floor.

by PopMatters Staff

5 Feb 2010

Free Energy
Stuck on Nothing
Releasing: 9 March

LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy manned the production booth for the album debut on his DFA imprint of Philadelphia’s Free Energy.

01 Free Energy
02 Dream City
03 Bang Pop
04 All I Know
05 Bad Stuff
06 Dark Trance
07 Young Hearts
08 Light Love
09 Hope Child
10 Wild Winds

Free Energy
“Hope Child” [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

4 Feb 2010

The xx recently assembled a special mix for Annie Mac’s show on BBC 1 Radio. There’s a lot of songs in the mix list below, but they are excerpts and the whole thing isn’t much longer than five minutes.

The xx
Mini Mix for Annie Mac [MP3]

Dorian Concept: “The Fucking Formula”
Jamie Lidell: “A Little Bit More (Luke Vibert Remix)”
Flying Lotus: “Massage Situation”
Jack Penate: “Pull My Heart Away”
Jack Penate: “Pull My Heart Away (Jamie xx Remix)”
Harmonic 313: “Problem 4”
Roots Manuva: “Witness the Fitness”
Bullion: “Get Familiar”
Joker: “Digidesign (Om Unit Remix)”
Joker: “Digidesign”
Boogaloo Crew: “Calling All Dancers”
Tes La Rok: “Uprise”
Burial: “Unite”
Rich Reason & Fantastic Mr. Fox: “Lo-Fi-Ve”
Joy Orbison: “Hyph Mngo”
Skream: “Trapped in a Dark Bubble”
Fantastic Mr. Fox: “Plimsoul”
Deadboy: “U Cheated”
Florence & The Machine: “You’ve Got the Love (Jamie xx Rework)”
The xx: “Islands”

//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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