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by Crispin Kott

3 Dec 2010

Jarvis Cocker has always been a busy fellow, what with his various solo and Pulp endeavors and appearing in Harry Potter and Wes Anderson flicks and the like. But with the Pulp reunion still months away, how are we supposed to tide ourselves over in the meantime?

Fret not, friends. Cocker has lent his laconic vocal stylings to the new single by French duo Discodeine (a.k.a., Pilooski and Pentile, producers extraordinaire.)

“Synchronize” is pure sexy Eurodisco, with Cocker’s contribution nothing less than a beat-heavy, nerd happy come hither. The combination is clearly designed to get people moving their midsections in as suggestive a manner as any given dancefloor will allow.

But don’t take my word for it. Download the radio edit yourself and be transported into the swanky hidden pied-à-terre in the darkest corner of a Parisian discotheque.

“Synchronize” is out on DFA Records on December 6.

by J.C. Sciaccotta

2 Dec 2010

Times are tough on the amateur superhero circuit. At least that’s the impression given by John Grant’s “Chicken Bones” video (from his outstanding solo debut, Queen of Denmark). When Grant’s Wonder Bread Man isn’t getting underpaid by little old ladies crossing the street, he’s off hustling deals at the flea market and scraping by on fried chicken dinners.

The video takes a left-turn when John returns home from an epic battle (or bumfight, depending on your point of view) with a supervillain in an empty backlot. Upon nursing his wounds
with a few swigs of homemade potion, a psychedelic jouney ensues through the Wonder Bread Man’s haunted past. Things only get stranger (and more hilarious) from there.

by Timothy Gabriele

1 Dec 2010

I recently heard this track as mixed into a Sonic Router podcast. It caught me off guard, mainly because I hadn’t listened to the band in about 10 years, but also because I’d forgotten how the band at their most shining can sound like the proto-metalgaze of Hum.  If only they’d make an entire album like this. Oh yeah, and by the way, this music video is frickin’ gorgeous.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

1 Dec 2010

The Octopus Project

This playlist began in mid-October with a few songs then it sat for a bit until I had the opportunity to go to Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina. This three-day festival was full of names I couldn’t wait to see, ones I had barely heard of and others worth exploring (see tracks by The Octopus Project, Devo, Caribou, Neon Indian, and Jonsi).  Add in a few new releases and all of sudden another lengthy playlist was ready to share—lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

by Joseph Fisher

30 Nov 2010

Sheesh!  We haven’t even eaten all of our leftover turkey, and yet, us PopMatters music bloggers are already on the naughty list. Last week (!), Cut Copy premiered the track “Take Me Over” from their forthcoming record Zonoscope. Shame on us for not linking to the track sooner. The new record will be released in early February 2011—just far enough away for your fine champagne to be chilled to the perfect temperature. Enjoy.

Cut Copy - “Take Me Over” (Radio Edit) Premiere by modularpeople

P.S. Below is a clip of the track “Where I’m Going”, released this past summer and also included on Zonoscope. Right at the top of that naughty list, we are.

//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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