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by Tom Fenwick

2 Jun 2010



The humble pixel, millions of which we see everyday and take for granted, finally gets it’s due in the form of a fascinating short documentary, by Australian animator and pixel artist, Simon Cottee.

Cottee film explores the pixel’s place in our culture, from it’s humble beginnings in videogames to the present day. Where collective nostalgia for the simplicity of things bygone, has found the pixel increasingly represented in contemporary mainstream art and animation. Going so far as to even spawn a musical sub-genre, in the form of the increasingly popular chiptune. 

Watch the documentary and check out Simon Cottee’s blog.

by Oliver Ho

2 Jun 2010



When Master Chief chills out, he like to go to a space bar, take off his helmet and SING! Then someone who looks sort of like Erin Grey from the old Buck Rogers show passes by, and then a Borg turns up, and a gigantic Yoda, and some redneck-looking dude… ouch, my head. [via Topless Robot]

by Alistair Dickinson

2 Jun 2010



When PopMatters first posted M.I.A.‘s video for “Born Free”, we noted that the clip—which featured a group of unfortunate red-headed persons being rounded up and executed by some sort of totalitarian Gestapo—may have been a sign that the Sri-Lankan/British artist was joining YouTube sensation CopperCap in the ongoing (and extremely grave and important) “gingers” debate.

What we didn’t expect was that everyone’s favorite, carrot-topped, internet hero would take issue with “Born Free”, given that it seems to echo CopperCab’s central thesis that “gingers” are a “race” that faces the same kind of discrimination as other persecuted minority groups around the world.

Nevertheless, his ire has been raised once more, and in a video entitled “M.I.A. is Evil!! And I’m Not Dead!!” CopperCab goes hard at the “Paper Planes” singer, as well as at the “haters” who have been spreading false reports of his demise.

by Tom Fenwick

1 Jun 2010


Hot from a studio in Jamaica, Major Lazer (AKA the multi-talented Diplo and Switch) have produced a new mixtape, in conjunction with La Roux. Released last weel, it brings La Roux’s blend of angular, ‘80s inspired electro and merges it with the sweat of Major Lazer’s dirty, dancehall rhythms.With contributions from Drake, Rusko and Gucci Mane to name just a few, it’s the sound of the summer. The best part? Mad Decent are giving it away for free and you can download it here.


LAZERPROOF TRACKLISTING
1. Bulletproof (Nacey Remix ft. Matt Hemerlein)
2. Colourless Artibella
3. I\‘m Not Your Lemonade + Heroes ‘N‘ Villains Remix ft. Gucci Mane
4. Independent Kill ft. Candi Redd
5. Keep It Fascinating
6. Magic (Falling Soldiers Dub)
7. In 4 The Kill Pon De Skream
8. Houstatlantavegas Pains ft Drake
9. Tigerlily (DYWHAP Blend) ft. Rusko
10. Can\‘t Stop Now (Armor Love Remix)
11. Quicksand (Mad Decent 2010 Rerub) ft. Amanda Blank
12. Cover My Eyes (Costra Nostra Edit)
13. I Said It (Major Lazer Dubplate) ft. Opal
14. Hold Yuh (Double Dubplate) ft. Gyptian

by PopMatters Staff

28 May 2010


Emily St. John Mandel follows up her electric debut, Last Night in Montreal, with a spellbinding novel of international crime, false identities, the depths and limits of family ties, and the often confusing bonds of love. Taut with suspense, beautifully imagined, full of unexpected corners, desperate choices, betrayals and half truths with deadly consequences, The Singer’s Gun explores the dangerous territory between one’s moral compass and the heart’s desire.

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