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by John Bergstrom

2 Jul 2010


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
History of Modern
(100% Records)
Releasing: 4 October

The veteran British electronic pop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) have announced details of their new studio album, History of Modern. The album is the first in 24 years to feature the classic lineup of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper, and Malcolm Holmes. The newly-revealed artwork is by long-time collaborator Peter Saville and hearkens back to the band’s more arty early ‘80s beginnings. With the recent critical re-assessment of OMD albums like 1983’s Dazzle Ships, the “return to roots” approach makes sense. In the electronic press kit teaser, McCluskey states History of Modern will indeed incorporate “classic” OMD sounds, in a contemporary context.

History of Modern will be released in the UK on September 20, and a North American issue seems inevitable. A limited-edition box set version with CD, DVD, vinyl, demos, and assorted extras is also available through the band’s official website. The Liverpudlian poppers are previewing a few of the new tunes on their MySpace page.

SONG LIST
01 New Babies: New Toys
02 If You Want It
03 History of Modern (Part I)
04 History of Modern (Part II)
05 Sometimes
06 RFWK
07 New Holy Ground
08 The Future, the Past, and Forever After
09 Sister Mary Says
10 Pulse
11 Green
12 Bondage of Fate
13 The Right Side?

by PopMatters Staff

1 Jul 2010


We loved Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid. Quentin Huff said, “Welcome to Metropolis, folks. The year is 2719, even though the music is being released in 2010. It’s funky and fantastic, futuristic but retro. It’s in a category of its own.” Here’s a new mix of “Tightrope” with B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco, the earlier version featuring OutKast’s Big Boi.

by Jessy Krupa

1 Jul 2010


This past Sunday night, the Daytime Emmy Awards managed to do something that many televised awards ceremonies only try to do: create a truly moving moment.

The show set aside nearly ten minutes to honor TV personality Dick Clark and the show he hosted for nearly 32 years, American Bandstand. Friend and business associate Ryan Seacrest ushered in video clips containing words of praise from Garth Brooks, Cher, Frankie Avalon, American Idol’s Simon Cowell, and Barry Manilow, whose “Bandstand Boogie” served as the show’s theme song from the 1970s onward, and others. After Tony Orlando, Marie Osmond, Chubby Checker, the Spinners, and the cast of Jersey Boys gathered together to sing that theme, the cameras cut to Dick Clark. He was so moved that he began to cover his face with his hand to hide the tears.

As CBS cut to a commercial break, I first wondered why this was a part of the Daytime Emmys, of all shows. It was only then that I realized that years ago, Bandstand aired during the afternoon. Looking back on all of the musical history that show contained, and looking to what modern daytime TV is, I was shocked. Although there has several attempts to bring the show back since its cancellation in 1989, none of them has succeeded. In 2005, some of these efforts resulted in FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, but that show barely resembles the original. 

The real question is why we haven’t seen a similar tribute on other, music-themed award shows. The American Music Awards, produced by Dick Clark Productions, probably doesn’t want to seem like its honoring a part of itself, while the Grammy’s seem to be reluctant to link musical history with television history, despite the fact that their ceremonies are televised. Either way, The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards’ have laid down the gauntlet on how tributes should be done.

by Michael Franco

1 Jul 2010


“In “Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk”, A.C. Newman cautiously lays a melody over a stuttering chord progression before the song’s chamber pop explodes into ‘70s guitar rock, with Case’s ethereal voice lifting the song into the atmosphere before it falls back down into Newman’s meticulous verses. If, perhaps, George Martin would have produced Cheap Trick, the result might very well have sounded like this.”—review of Together by Michael Franco

by PopMatters Staff

1 Jul 2010


From UK director Paul King, Bunny & the Bull is a deliriously offbeat, heartfelt comedy about love and disillusionment, following a disastrous trek around Europe taken by a pair of goofy friends. A festival favorite, and winner last year of a British Independent Film Award, Bunny & the Bull is now playing nationwide exclusively on demand via IFC in Theaters.

Synopsis: Bunny & the Bull is a road movie set entirely in a flat. Stephen Turnbull hasn’t been outside in months. Living with a painfully restrictive routine, he refuses to interact with the world or think about the past. When a sudden infestation of mice forces him to change his ways, he finds his mind hurtling back to the disastrous trek around Europe he undertook with his friend Bunny, a womanising, gambling-addicted booze-hound. Unable to stem the flood of memories, Stephen’s flat becomes the springboard for an extraordinary odyssey through landscapes made up of snapshots and souvenirs, from the industrial wastelands of Silesia to the bull fields of Andalusia. A story of love, disillusionment, stuffed bears and globalised seafood, Bunny & the Bull is an offbeat and heartfelt journey to the end of the room.

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