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by PopMatters Staff

7 Apr 2010


Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” is a rocket chart single and debuted on iTunes yesterday. Here’s a live take on the tune recorded for ABC back in September of last year. This is one of the rare songs Lambert has recorded that she didn’t pen herself.

by Peta Jinnath Andersen

7 Apr 2010


Wondering if an iPad as e-reader is worth it? Don’t have a spare $500 to find out? Check out Steve Jobs’ preview of iBooks, the iPad reading app.

Of course, iBooks isn’t the only e-reader app for the iPad out there. Industry giant Amazon already has a Kindle app, and a lot of market share. And iBooks isn’t pre-loaded on Apple’s new doohickey, meaning users have to go to the app store—presenting a possibly major stumbling block in Apple’s e-book marketing plan.

by Peta Jinnath Andersen

7 Apr 2010


DC Comics artist and co-publisher, Jim Lee, has an iPad. And he has put it to very good use, sketching iconic DC characters the Joker and Catwoman.

Think drawing with your finger instead of a stylus is too clunky to produce anything of worth? Check out Lee’s process, from a rough Joker sketch, through to the finished product.

A base sketch of Batman’s evil nemesis.

by John Lindstedt

7 Apr 2010


The stunning Milla Jovovich returns as “Alice” in Resident Evil: Afterlife, director Paul W.S. Anderson’s fourth film based on the popular survival-horror gaming franchise, and the first in 3D. This seems a bit odd, as rumors indicated that the next entry in the franchise would be a reboot.

Fans of the series, however, should find it welcome. While never the most innovative or popular franchise, the Resident Evil series delivered gory thrills and breathtaking visuals. They’re fun flicks that don’t have much to say, but hardly need to. Just keep churning out sequences like this, and I’ll keep coming back:

Critics, you can just go home. This isn’t for you.

by PopMatters Staff

6 Apr 2010


Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Before Today
(4AD)
Releasing: 8 June

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti are making their 4AD debut this June with Before Today and have just released a free MP3 “Round and Round” to give you a taste. Before the album release, “Round and Round” will pair with “Mistaken Wedding” for a limited edition 45. The press release makes the album sound rather interesting: it’s a “beguiling mix of glam rock, West Coast funk and Merseybeat harmonies with a high-production sheen; a contrast to the corroded bedroom recordings that have fomented a fervent cult following over the past decade.”

“Round and Round” [MP3]
     

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