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by Katharine Wray

28 Aug 2009


Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual
by Loren Rhodes
(Scribner)
Releasing: 29 September

This looks to be a collection of bone chilling tales with a dark humorist twist.

by Eleanore Catolico

28 Aug 2009


Your favorite Japanese-all female-banana chip lovin’-pop punk trio is back. With new bassist Ritsuko Taneda added to the lineup, alongside lead/guitar Naoko Yamano and drummer Etsuko Nakanishi, Shonen Knife has released their new album Super Group on Good Charamel Records this past Tuesday, August 25th. On the album’s cover, the ladies look like an amalgamation of Charlie’s Angels and the Powder Puff Girls bordered by neon prism configurations, pretty, all grown up, and in fact, super.

Continuing their oeuvre of childhood fantasia as well as quantifying cute, Shonen Knife keep alive the cheery minimalist instrumentation and lyrics that made Kurt Cobain an admirer of the band in the ‘90s. With beyond adorable verses sung in Naoko’s signature cadence, “The super group is perfect / Masters of rock music / Make fantastic sound / Waiting for the tour / They’re going to come and play in my town” my inner hello kitty anima is reborn. For that matter, whose wouldn’t be?

by Tyler Gould

28 Aug 2009


Her retro style and immovable coiffe may draw Imelda May comparisons to Amy Winehouse, but she eschews the lazy-though-potent soul power of the latter in favor of relentless boogie. Her impish snarl is the highlight of this new video for her rockabilly-by-numbers track, “Johnny Got a Boom Boom”, where she’s backed competently by a blur of pomade and bowling shirts. Occasionally, you’ll see her bang on a traditional Irish drum called a bodhrán, which is buried so deep in the mix as to be totally superficial, but it sure looks fancy.

You can find the song on her 2008 release, Love Tattoo, and you can find Imelda May embarking on her first ever US tour this September. Check out the clip for some rapid camera zooming and very sassy lateral head-bobbing, along with her performance on Later… with Jools Holland

by Matt Mazur

28 Aug 2009


The co-star of HBO’s Hung, Anne Heche, known probably most for her kooky off-screen antics and dating Ellen Degeneres, hits the Letterman Show and disses her ex-husband and the father of her child in an embarrassingly personal way on national television.

by Allison Taich

27 Aug 2009


After breaking up nearly 40 years ago, the Beatles are still one of the strongest forces in popular music. On 9 September 2009, the Beatles will once again woo fans and critics alike, with the much anticipated releases of The Beatles: Rock Band, and more importantly the digitally remastered catalog.

The complete remastered series includes:

Please Please Me
With the Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles for Sale
Help!
Rubber Soul
Revolver
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles (The White Album)
Abbey Road
Let It Be
Past Masters
Yellow Submarine

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Can Video Game Mechanics Be “Trashy”?

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