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by Tyler Gould

21 Oct 2009

Here’s another track Casablancas’ first solo effort, Phrazes for the Young, which comes out on November 3rd. Its madcap pacing sounds odd and hurried, its up-and-down riff is an earworm of the worst order—what is the appeal of this? This is montage music for a cut-rate evil robot assembling factory. Imagine it blaring with laughable urgency as glowing red eyes flick on and whirring motors propel the robots, single file, to their certain death at the bazooka of a musclebound movie star—a throwaway song for disposable henchmen.

by Tyler Gould

20 Oct 2009

Kanye West jumped the shark in a lot of people’s minds when he shanghaied Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech to lavish praise on Beyonce, but maybe his boorishness is an affliction, maybe he’s just a normal person ill-equipped to handle the mind-bending fishbowl of fame. On a material level, it’s easy being Kanye West, but maybe it’s not easy being Kanye West. Or maybe he’s just a jerk. Either way, a night in the life of Ye as directed by Spike Jonze is distressing, and as the film progresses, very surreal.

by Tyler Gould

20 Oct 2009

Atlas Sound
Releasing: Yesterday!

Bradford Cox’s follow-up to 2007’s Let the Blind Lead Those Who Cannot See just came out, and if you order through Rough Trade you get a nice little bonus disc with some alternate versions of Logos tracks and some unreleased material.

01 The Light That Failed
02 An Orchid
03 Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)
04 Criminals
05 Attic Lights
06 Shelia
07 Quick Canal (ft. Laetitia Sadier)
08 My Halo
09 Kid Klimax
10 Washington School
11 Logos
Atlas Sound
Walkabout [MP3]

by Eleanore Catolico

20 Oct 2009

Listen to “The Swim” from Swedes Tomas Boden and Anna Karin-Brus of Liminals. It comes from their upcoming EP, Hearthand (which won’t see a release unless it gets 100 pre-orders), bursting with bubbly, oceanic techno pop. Trippy, much.

The Swim [MP3]

by Faye Rasmussen

20 Oct 2009

Since disbanding in 1998, Polvo, the math-rock band from North Carolina, find themselves in the midst of a comeback tour in support of their reunion album In Prism. The band is back in action with a new drummer in tow. Below is a performance of “Beggar’s Bowl” off their new album from back in September.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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