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by Jonathan Simrin

29 Apr 2010


If you weren’t already surprised that a major motion picture studio is optioning a toy that’s been around since 1946, perhaps you would like to know that a film treatment for the Magic 8 Ball has been in the works since 2006. New York magazine reports that Universal had interest in developing the project four years ago, with Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Evan Almight) attached to direct.

Somewhere between then and now, Universal lost interest, perhaps it felt its resources could better serve some other toy franchise that needed to be translated to screen. Polly Pocket maybe?

Now, Paramount has taken hold of the project, with a tentative 2011 release date, according to IMDb. Tim Kilpin and Barry Waldo from Mattel are backing the film as executive producers, because clearly, this film needs the kind of creative support only toy company execs can provide. Jon Gunn and John Mann (Mercy Streets) will write the script. Apparently, they’re going for a National Treasure feel.

by Sarah Zupko

29 Apr 2010



Interpol has just posted a new song to their website, which you can nab in exchange for your email address. They’re using this to tease a new release around the corner, which doesn’t have a specific date yet. It’s internet marketing in the oughties, go forth and widget thyself.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Apr 2010


Back in February, Michael Franco gave an 8 to Shout Out Louds’ new album and raved about the subtlety of lead-off tune “Walls” as well as the record as a whole. Merge just released a remix of the song by Swedish duo Fontän. “‘Walls’ starts off with minimal instrumentation and hardly any melody. Over a choppy drumbeat and recurring piano riff, singer Adam Olenius practically talks his way through the lyrics. As the song builds, however, it gains more elements—a discernible melody, rhythm guitar, new wave guitar hooks… It’s an incredibly catchy song, though it’s not apparent on the first handful of listens.”

by Sarah Zupko

28 Apr 2010



Yes, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are ubiquitous on TV chat shows these days and in the concert halls of the US as well. It sure as hell beats yet another Justin Bieber appearance though, doesn’t it? It’s great to see fine musicians like this get the attention they richly deserve. They guys are workin’ it and good for them. It takes this sort of relentless marketing to get heard these days and playing TV dates beats sitting around all day Twittering to get folks to pay attention to you.

by Sarah Zupko

28 Apr 2010



OK, so we’re not exactly in love with Courtney Love’s new opus. Is “opus” perhaps even too grand a word for music than can occasionally resemble a trainwreck? “Skinny Little Bitch” is gritty, messy, scuzz rock and also Nobody’s Daughter‘s first single. Hole played the tune on Letterman last night. The lyrics aren’t likely to generate any Mensa invitations anytime soon.

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Fave Five: Alpine

// Sound Affects

"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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