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by J.C. Sciaccotta

15 Nov 2010


From Bob Dylan to Sufjan Stevens, it seems as though everyone’s taking a crack at Christmas these days. Now Annie Lennox is getting in on the festivities, with her first-ever holiday album, A Christmas Cornucopia, out November 16 via Decca.

Of course, the former Eurythmics vocalist isn’t one to rely on chintzy arrangements of holiday standards, instead offering an eclectic take on carols from the German, French, and British traditions. Songs include the dark lullaby “Lullay Lullay”, which alludes to the killing of the first-born children by King Herod, as well as her stunning reinterpretation of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, which essentially becomes a tribal march.

The newly released music video for “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is equally inventive, incorporating elements of the pagan British Christmas to create a somewhat disturbing/oddly psychedelic effect.

Being the good soul that she is, all proceeds from the Lennox-penned “Universal Child” will go towards the SING campaign, her humanitarian organization founded to raise awareness and support for the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.

by Devin Mainville

12 Nov 2010


OK Go has made a name for themselves with their one-take, live action music videos. These videos, which have included choreographed dances on treadmills (“Here I Go Again”) and with trained dogs (“White Knuckles”), have given OK Go the title of the most downloaded band in history; their clips have been viewed more than 125,000,000 times. Well, the boys are at it again with yet another landmark video for their song, “Last Leaf”. They have left behind the style they revolutionized of the one-take routines and have opted for an animated venture. The band teamed up with Nadeem Mazen and Ali Mohammad, founders of the Serious Business Design, to create a fabulous stop action animation video featuring pieces of toast.  Each second of the video is a sequence of fifteen Samsung NX100 photographs, which OK Go shot with Mazen, Mohammad and a crew of interns.

OK Go will be promoting this innovative new video on the TODAY Show, Thursday November 18th by premiering a video they shot with the hosts of the show. They will also be featured in a special segment about YouTube sensations. The band is also on tour, to support their newest album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, through the fall.

by PopMatters Staff

12 Nov 2010


Jesse Harris largely pays the bills playing guitar for Norah Jones, but he’s also an accomplished solo artist in his own right. This past August, the New York singer-songwriter gave us Through the Night, which PopMatters’ Jennifer Cooke described as “introspective, jazzy pop, but the through-line in all of his work seems to be a pared-down, unfussy approach to music that clearly comes from the heart.” Today, we offer an exclusive download from the album, the über mellow “It’s a Long Way Just to Say Hello”, with the lovely Brazilian jazz touches.

by J.C. Sciaccotta

12 Nov 2010


If you haven’t seen Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by now, you should be slapped into oblivion. Criminally ignored at the box office, this soon-to-be cult classic from Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) was the high-octane highlight of a particularly drab summer.

It also had a kick-ass soundtrack, featuring the likes of Beck, Broken Social Scene, and Metric!

The official video for Metric’s contribution, “Black Sheep”, is now available for all to see. Shot in July 2010 at Comic-Con after a surprise screening of the film, the video is available for streaming below and can also be purchased on iTunes.

by Timothy Gabriele

11 Nov 2010


This nasty jam from a handful of Grime MCs was released last year on Dusk and Blackdown’s Keysound Recordings, but it has recently been remixed by the label owners themselves in a series of dizzying images intended for a live audio-visual experience that rotated around the UK this fall

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