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by Jonas Jacobs

2 Feb 2010

I recently made a mix of songs for an old friend where I tried in some way to intellectually and emotionally pool together my interests and passions while still lazily escaping any explanation for myself. 

I remember when OutKast’s Speakerboxx/The Love Below came out senior year of high school, in 2004. It seemed to be the one CD that really made a splash with everyone. My high school was in the heart of Los Angeles, and whether you were taking the bus in from Crenshaw or studying hard for the AP tests, you were bumping OutKast. If you were all about thug life, Big Boi’s Speakerboxx was your thing. If you were more of the sensitive type, The Love Below was the realest thing on the radio in a long ass time.

There’s a deep track on The Love Below called “She’s Alive”. In looking for a mixed media representation of the song, it makes sense that I’ve found a take on the song that mixes in another element of adolescent fun. I used to play The Sims religiously. In fact, anything that Will Wright and Maxis came out with immediately entered my computer game-playing rotation. So, here’s a video of a deep track from The Love Below, “She Lives in My Lap”, set to a certain YouTube user’s homemade Sims video.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2010

Peter Gabriel
Scratch My Back
Releasing: 15 February

Peter Gabriel’s long buzzed about covers album is about to be released and Gabriel has made his cover of the Bon Iver tune” Flume” available as a free download in exchange for your e-mail address.

Disc: 1
01 Heroes (David Bowie)
02 The Boy in the Bubble (Paul Simon)
03 Mirrorball (Elbow)
04 Flume (Bon Iver)
05 Listening Wind (Talking Heads)
06 The Power of the Heart (Lou Reed)
07 My Body Is a Cage (Arcade Fire)
08 The Book of Love (The Magnetic Fields)
09 I Think It’s Going to Rain Today (Randy Newman)
10 Apres Moi (Regina Spektor)
11 Philadelphia (Neil Young)
12 Street Spirit (Fade Out) (Radiohead)

by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2010

Xiu Xiu’s new album Dear God, I Hate Myself is coming out later this month, the 23rd to be exact, and the group just put out their new video for the title track.

by Jessy Krupa

2 Feb 2010

Many manufacturers are getting ready to release 3D HDTVs or converter boxes that will be able to turn whatever you normally watch on television into 3D images. While the average person will still probably have to wait a couple of years before this technology becomes affordable and/or perfected, two cable channels are already in the works that boast of all 3D content, all the time. ESPN’s 3D offshoot will be available this summer, while a 3D version of the Discovery channel won’t be available until next year. I know sports and nature documentaries would be a good fit, but some shows just wouldn’t be worth the hassle. House would be disgusting with the patients seizing, vomiting, and bleeding right in front of you. Who wants to see their local news anchor’s head floating in the living room? Then again, imagine the realism of 24’s explosions or how amazing an exorcism on Supernatural would look. What TV shows would you really want to see in 3D?

by John Lindstedt

2 Feb 2010

Following the mixed results of Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais once again returns to the big screen with the upcoming Cemetery Junction. Those who were fans of Gervais’ work on The Office and Extras but have been indifferent to his film work have reason to rejoice: Gervais wrote and directed Cemetery Junction with longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant, with whom he created the former projects.

The film is a coming of age story about two 20-somethings working as clerks for an insurance company in 1970s Reading, Berkshire. Seeing as Gervais also grew up in Reading in the 1970s, one would guess the film has autobiographical undertones. Originally titled The Man From the Pru after a colloquial term for Prudential insurance agents, the film was rechristened after the company became displeased with their portrayal.

Gervais describes Cemetery Junction as a cross between The Office and Mad Men, so it’s safe to say it’ll be pretty damn good.

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