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by Brice Ezell

13 May 2015


Earlier this year, TBS announced that it had picked up a family comedy series created by Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, both of whom are best known for their lengthy tenures on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, where Bee was the longest-running correspondent. (The two are also married to each other.) Bee just ended her time at The Daily Show with the program’s 30 April episode.

by Brice Ezell

13 May 2015


Photo: Michael Bearpark

Tim Bowness, best known as the vocalist and lyricist behind the duo No-Man (the other half of which is Porcupine Tree‘s Steven Wilson), has just announced his new solo LP, the endearingly titled Stupid Things That Mean The World. This comes not long after the release of Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, his 2014 solo long player.

For Stupid Things, Bowness is joined by a host of players, most centrally the members of the No-Man live band from recent years (Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark and Andrew Booker), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief), and Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson).

by Brice Ezell

13 May 2015


If the antagonists in Grease were punks instead of hair-slicked greasers, Vicky and the Vengents’ “You Used to Be My Baby” would be their heartsong. The band, who describe their sound as “maltshop punk”, pays homage to doo-wop and classic girl groups from the ‘50s, all the while adding in a healthy dose of power chords to enliven the aesthetic.

by Brice Ezell

12 May 2015


Having already taken her sharp brand of comedy to the issues of unjust standards on women in Hollywood and the odd obsession with rear ends in popular culture, comedian and writer Amy Schumer’s latest sketch for the third season of Inside Amy Schumer tackles an issue of grave importance: rape culture. In a spot-on Friday Night Lights parody entitled “Football Town Nights”, she accurately satirizes the moral back-asswardness of rape apologia, in addition to the aggression inherent to the “football first” mentality. She also drinks enough Chardonnay to keep Charles Shaw in business by herself.

by Brice Ezell

12 May 2015


In his 7 out of 10 review of Tomorrow You’re Going, the newest LP by the Americana supergroup Pine Hill Project, PopMatters‘s Ed Whitelock calls it “a joy from start to finish.” Pine Hill Project, led by Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky, were joined by Grammy Award winner and longtime Bob Dylan sideman Larry Campbell for the record, which finds them covering a smattering of songs, spanning folk traditionals to the tunes of U2.

One such cover is by the eminently cover-able Gillian Welch, whose “Wichita” stands out as one of Tomorrow You’re Going“‘s finest cuts. Now the track has a starkly shot music video to back it up, which you can view exclusively below.

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