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by PopMatters Staff

25 Feb 2010

Releasing: 13 April

We described Dosh’s 2008 record, Wolves and Wishes, as “his most forward thinking, ambitious effort yet”. The Fog drummer and touring pal of Andrew Bird returns in April with Tommy. There’s a way to get attention… name your new album after a rock classic. Bird teams with Dosh on “Number 41” and we also have the lead-off tune “Subtractions” for your listening pleasure.

01 Subtractions
02 Yer Face
03 Number 41
04 Town Mouse
05 Loud
06 Airlift
07 Country Road X
08 Call the Kettle
09 Nevermet
10 Gare de Lyon

Number 41 [MP3]

Subtractions [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

24 Feb 2010

Deer Tick is a favorite here at PopMatters with their recent album Born on Flag Day received an 8 last June and just bubbled under our Top 60 album list last December. Andrew Gilstap raved about the album saying: “It seems to be the nature of the world to chafe at any spot of contentment in your life, and Born on Flag Day captures that sense of being at odds with your surroundings as well as any release this year. It’s a feeling of conflict that exists in every part of the band’s music: the faster songs feel like they’re about to run off the rails, sharp lyrics lurk in the slower songs just waiting for their chance to cut to the bone, and vocalist John Joseph McCauley conveys it all with an acute, nasally rasp.”

So, we’re excited to announce that Deer Tick will be playing a free show next Wednesday (3 March) in San Francisco at The Independent. The show is being presented exclusively by T-Mobile® myTouch™ 3G Fender™ Limited Edition and will begin at 9.00pm, with the doors opening at 8.00pm. Entry into the show is first come, first served, so best to start queueing early. You can drop a line to [email protected] to let them know you plan on coming, but it’s no guarantee of admission, so get down there the earliest you can.

- Deer Tick
- Free
- 3 March @ The Independent, San Francisco
- Doors 8pm/show 9pm
- Brought to you by T-Mobile® myTouch™ 3G Fender™ Limited Edition

by Matt Moeller

24 Feb 2010

Will Forte is at it again with his Saturday Night Live MacGyver parody MacGruber, only this time he is bringing his ineptitude to the big screen. It’s a move that increases the sketches screen time from three minutes to most likely 90 minutes or so, a 2900% increase. The star power is also increased exponentially with Val Kilmer and Ryan Philippe taking large roles in the story along side current and former SNL talent Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, and Kristen Wiig. The film was directed by Jorma Taccone, who is 1/3 of hilarious musical act Lonely Island prominently featured on SNL‘s Digital Shorts.

by Matt Moeller

24 Feb 2010

The actor best known for playing hard-headed bad-ass lawman Bullock in HBO’s much acclaimed historical Western drama Deadwood is back as… a bad-ass lawman. Type-casting anyone? Speaking of that, Tim is starring in a feature film out this Friday, February 25th called The Crazies, as… you guessed it, a bad-ass lawman. Unlike The Crazies, the new FX show actually looks good and I am glad to see Olyphant back on TV playing another man of righteous violence and intensity. This time around he plays a U.S. Marshal by the name of Raylan Givens, who has been assigned to the area where he grew up after he ruffles the feathers of the higher-ups. Check out the début episode of Justified on FX, March 16 at 10PM ET/PT.

by John Lindstedt

24 Feb 2010

Comedian Aziz Ansari (as his alter ego “RAAAAAAAANDY” from Funny People teams up with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek to call out pretty much every single rapper out there on their track “Aaaaaaaangry”:

//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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