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Upright Citizen Brigade creators, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts have returned to television with a new show called Players on Spike TV. The show’s concept is that Matt and Ian are brothers that have opened a sports bar in Phoenix, a framework in which the improved chaos and hilarity will ensue. Personally I have a deep hatred for sports, so I’m a little worried about the subject matter. I’m a little put at ease by the fact that I’m a huge fan of Walsh and Roberts work, especially their work in UCB. I also quite enjoyed Sports Night, Aaron Sorkin’s first show, which was based around an ESPN-like sports show, so I know it can be done. The show premiered last Tuesday, and it airs every Tuesday at 9:30 pm central on Spike TV. Check out the official trailer and a hilarious faux press piece that they shot to promote the show. 

 

Indie it-band headlined Saturday Night Live this past weekend…

Being a child of the ‘80s, when the first live action Transformers film came out, a tear came to my eye for the pure joy. After watching the second live action Transformers film, I teared up yet again, this time in disgust. So, when I heard that they were coming out with a new transformers game that is not based on the films, I was hit with a mixture of excitement and dread. The game and film studios tried to cash in on both recent movies with video game offshoots, which were both released to bad to mixed reviews. The new game does not take place on our planet, instead it takes place back on the Transformers own soil… or silicon, back on their home planet of Cybertron. The trailer below is the first to feature real game play footage and it looks promising.

Mary Gauthier
The Foundling
(Razor & Tie)
Releasing: 18 May

Celebrated New Orleans singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier offers up an album-length autobiographical tale on her upcoming new album The Foundling. Gauthier’s life has been one of questions as she was given up for adoption shortly after birth and so the search for identity has long been an important theme in her work. She describes the new record’s purpose as a song cycle about relinquishment and adoption, but for years the songs I was trying to write didn’t have an emotional center. When I found my mother, I found the emotional center of the album, as well as the explanation for the ‘orphan feeling’ I’d lived with since I was a child.” Catch Gauthier on the road this spring (tour dates after the jump).

SONG LIST
01 The Foundling
02 Mama Here, Mama Gone
03 Goodbye
04 Sideshow
05 Interlude 1
06 Blood Is Blood
07 March 11, 1962
08 Walk in the Water
09 Interlude 2
10 Sweet Words
11 The Orphan King
12 Another Day Borrowed
13 Coda

Sideshow [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

7 Mar 2010


Sightings
City of Straw
(Brah/Jagjaguwar)
Releasing: 12 April (UK) / 13 April (US)

Veteran Brooklyn indie band return with their seventh full-length, recorded in Oneida’s studios.

SONG LIST
01 Tar and Pine
02 Jabber Queens
03 City of Straw
04 Saccharine Traps
05 We All Amplify
06 Weshawken
07 Hush
08 Sky Above Mud Below

Tar and Pine [MP3]
     

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