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by John Garratt

6 Jun 2011


Reputable go-to cellist Erik Friedlander found critical success in 2007’s cross country road trip album Block Ice & Propane. So the forthcoming Bonebridge won’t find him drastically changing the formula as far as going-places-and-doing-things-themed albums go. It doesn’t drop until June, but you can download the song “Beaufain Street” right now with Bandcamp’s name-you-price checkout. So you can pay nothing, if you feel like it.

Beaufain Street is apparently in Charleston, South Carolina, where Friedlander and his band wrapped up the recording of Bonebridge. Memphis hotshot Doug Wamble plays guitar; Broken Arm Trio stickman Mike Sarin provides the drums and former Bungler Trevor Dunn does the bass thing.

by Cynthia Fuchs

6 Jun 2011


A child prodigy, a self-taught chess grandmaster, and the troubled son of a single mother, he resists comprehension even as he invites judgment. The problem of Bobby Fischer remains unsolved by the end of Bobby Fischer Against the World. Liz Garbus’ documentary takes on a subject so convoluted, so difficult and elusive, that he resists the very process of documentation. Premiering on 6 June, it’s this first film in HBO‘s Summer Documentary Series presents the many contradictions Fischer embodied, his shyness and his arrogance, for instance, the movie also offers a series of interviewees with ideas about him, friends and colleagues, experts and historians. Fischer looms for them as he does for the rest of us, sometimes illegible, sometimes impressive, always striking.
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by Ian Mathers

3 Jun 2011


Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson, maybe the manliest man on American television, so it’s no shock that he’s a fan of facial hair. Budweiser asked Offerman to help out with their Grow One, Save a Million Facebook campaign. Along with Craig Pregracke (the founder of nonprofit organization Living Lands & Waters), Offerman is enlisting guys to pledge to not shave from now until June 5th (World Environment Day, apparently). It turns out that not shaving saves an average of five gallons of water a day, and if you get enough guys growing beards, that adds up ...

To help recruit more beards, Offerman sat down with PopMatters to talk about saving water, the power of facial hair to close mall food courts, and making tables for Gandalf.

by Michelle Welch

3 Jun 2011


Apart from a pint-sized but pivotal role as Barty Crouch Jr. in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and some voice work for How to Train Your Dragon, the upcoming remake of the 1985 vampire romp Fright Night marks Scottish actor David Tennant’s first major foray into Hollywood. For his portrayal of the tormented Time Lord with the fantastic hair, Tennant earned heaps of critical praise and a legion of adoring British and Anglophile fans. But it’s reasonable to presume that still much of America remains unsubscribed to BBC America programming, and thus has no bleeding idea who Tennant is. Such would probably be the explanation provided by the Fright Night marketing department if questioned about the near-absence of Tennant from the recently released trailer. Blink and you’ll miss him in just one shot. Are they just saving the goods for later?

Scripted by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer’s room alum Marti Noxon, and with evident departures from the original, Fright Night pits nice-guy teenager Charlie (Anton Yelchin) against new next-door-neighbor Colin Farrell (aka Jerry the Vampire) after Charlie connects his neighbor to a series of missing persons reports. Tennant later enters the fray as Peter Vincent (a role originated by Roddy McDowall), playing a leather-and-eyeliner Vegas magician modeled after Criss Angel whom Charlie seeks vampire-staking help from after Jerry sets his sights on Charlie’s mother (Toni Collette) and girlfriend (Imogen Poots).

by Timothy Gabriele

2 Jun 2011


I’ve been hearing a bit of a backlash over Ford & Lopatin’s yet-unreleased Channel Pressure. While I don’t have a copy yet myself, I am nevertheless quite impressed by lead singles “Emergency Room” and “World of Regret”. This video may not convert the weary, particularly those who were expecting Scritti Polliti only to be greeted by Dan Deacon. Musicially, I’d still contend that the future-tech of Max Tundra is the closest kin (with a slightly better attention span), but the visual analogue of “World of Regret” features an ultra-retro world of early computer animations. In fact, this clip rather aptly describes the evolution of the digital age; a fascinating, vast, multivalent, and exotic world begins showering down tasty delights from the heavens. The treats soon turn to a glut that eventually consumes and buries the two men (Tigercity’s Joel Ford and Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin, formerly known as GAMES) until their minds are completely detached from their bodies, assumingly assimilated completely into cyberspace.

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