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by Jacob Adams

11 Nov 2010


The Internet offers a plethora of options for those interested in reading insightful and relevant content about popular culture. But, sometimes you need to get your cultural fix while working out, cooking dinner, or sitting in traffic. The exhilarating world of podcasting opens up new opportunities for pop culture analysis in the relatively young medium. However, as is the case with the written word, it can often be difficult to separate the podcasting wheat from the chaff. For every intelligent and well-produced episode, there are hundreds of rambling, amateurish productions available for download on a daily basis. Here is a list of ten particularly rewarding podcasts covering the worlds of film, television, music, and literature. I always look forward to seeing new episodes of the following pop up on my iPhone:

#10: Film Junk
Although it took me a while to get into this podcast initially, it is now prominent in my regular rotation. Three movie fans from St. Catherines, Ontario talk weekly for a couple of hours about all aspects of the cinema, from movie news, to trailer trash, to reviews of new releases. While this podcast leans dangerously towards irrelevant rambling on occasion, the hosts are amusing enough that they are entertaining to listen to even when they talk about hockey or their collections of Star Wars memorabilia. The insights of documentary filmmaker and co-host Jay Cheel are of particular interest.

by Crispin Kott

10 Nov 2010


After a year of predictable pomp and circumstance, the Liam Gallagher-fronted Beady Eye launched its first official salvo today with “Bring the Light”. The band, which also includes former Oasis-mates Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock, who took over the drum duties for the mercurial Manchester legends on tour for what is currently their final album, Dig Out Your Soul.

“Bring the Light”, which Beady Eye offered as a free download on their official site this morning, is a steaming slab of rawk with screaming guitars, sassy soul singers and a piano-driven rhythm which comes off like Jerry Lee Lewis fronting the Velvet Underground in a fevered dream by Jason Pierce.

In April, Gallagher said in the NME that Beady Eye would be “a lot more musical than Oasis”, though it’s too early to try and first decipher what that even means, and then apply it to a single release. If anything, the song provides a tasty teaser of what’s to come. It isn’t the earth-shattering return Oasis fans might have been hoping for, but it’s hardly the disaster everyone else predicted, either.

“Bring the Light” meanders and doesn’t really sink its teeth into anything, but it sure is a fun ride.

 

by PopMatters Staff

10 Nov 2010


This past 14th of September, Hometapes re-released the critically acclaimed 2009 release, Beast Rest Forth Mouth, by Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven. The re-issue includes a bonus CD of remixes (track list below) from the likes of Twin Shadow, Justin K. Broadrick, The Field, and more. Today, we present the online premiere of Tropics’ retake on “You Do You”. Frontman Jon Philpot says of this new interpretation of their tune: “Sometimes somebody will come along and amaze you, Tropics amazed us. They opened up our song “You Do You” like the retractable roof of an arena. It’s slow and bumping. It’s kinda like Phil Collins. Somehow this song makes me look back at 2010 with a teardrop and a smile. Get down with it and think about what you’ve done.”

by Jessy Krupa

9 Nov 2010


Using a rumored submission list that leaked to the internet, here are some guesses as to what the Album of the Year Grammy nominees will be.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
The BBC called it “a complex, captivating work”, NME described it as “.., pretty much perfect”, Rolling Stone said it was “fantastic“, and I’m telling you it’s going to get nominated.

by Jessy Krupa

9 Nov 2010


Band on the Run was re-released last week in multiple formats, including digital downloads, a vinyl LP, and three different CD sets. Make sure you at least get a hold of the awesome “special” or “deluxe” editions. They contain a DVD that includes music videos and a look behind-the-scenes, but the real highlight is the “One Hand Clapping” segment.

Featuring live renditions of Wings hits performed at Abbey Road studios, the 1974 potential TV special has only been available through bootlegs and YouTube clips. Fans speculate that it was filmed to promote a world tour that never materialized and was shelved when drummer Geoff Britton left the group.

Here are two highlights: the rousing little-known Wings rocker “Soily” and the literally bouncy Tin Pan Alley-esque “I’ll Give You a Ring”. That’s one of the many reasons I adore Paul McCartney & Wings, their variety!

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