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by Arnold Pan

4 May 2010


Wolf Parade
Expo 86
(Sub Pop)
Releasing: 29 June

There has probably never been a bigger week for fans of Canadian alt-rock collectives than this one. Not only have the new Broken Social Scene and New Pornographers albums hit the stores, but the first songs from the forthcoming Wolf Parade full-length, Expo 86, have been leaked. If you thought the group’s “difficult second album” At Mount Zoomer sounded sprawling, the two new tracks, streaming courtesy of Pitchfork, hint at something even more ambitious on Expo 86. Both “Ghost Pressure” and “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)” have almost proggish qualities to them that have smoothed out the scruffiness of Wolf Parade’s earlier work, even as the band’s sound seems as full and brimming over as ever. Expo 86 is set for release on June 29.

SONG LIST
01 Cloud Shadow on the Mountain

02 Palm Road

03 What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)

04 Little Golden Age

05 In the Direction of the Moon

06 Ghost Pressure

07 Pobody’s Nerfect

08 Two Men in New Tuxedos

09 Oh You, Old Thing

10 Yulia

11 Cave-o-Sapien


by Maria Schurr

4 May 2010


For your enjoyment—a (surprise surprise) string-laden return to form from the Divine Comedy, who release Bang Goes the Knighthood, their first album in four years, on May 31. Spot all the references in this song and you may just win the heart of the indie tart of your dreams at the discotheque.

by PopMatters Staff

3 May 2010



Christopher R. Weingarten delivers a humorous, but on-target, critique of the Internet hive mentality as relates to new music. True criticism is imperiled under the rush to be first and the move of blogs and websites to become virtual music and lifestyle marketers, rather than places for journalism and critical writing.

by Jonathan Simrin

3 May 2010


Dystopian portraits of our planet’s future continue to inspire today’s filmmakers, producing quality works ranging from Children of Men to District 9 to Wall-E. Wanuri Kahiu adds her short film, Pumzi, to this fascinating genre, exploring a world ravaged by water shortages that forces East African survivors to live in contained communities. Pumzi follows its protagonist, who must protect a germinating seed from government officials. Earlier this year, Wired did a piece on the short film and Kahiu, a promising filmmaker in Kenya’s evolving film industry.

by John Lindstedt

3 May 2010


Jonah Hex is one of DC Comics more esoteric properties, but in the days when board games are being optioned for blockbusters, it’s not so far fetched that a 1970’s sci-fi western comic book would get the big screen treatment. The versatile Josh Brolin stars as Hex, a scarfaced cowboy antihero who… you know, fights bad guys. It looks promising. Mask of Zorro promising. Megan Fox also stars.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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