“Mr. President, Mr. Future President,” says Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, a researcher and women’s rights activist, “For crying out loud, we have minds, we have powers of discernment, we know how to live, how to spend, how to behave with our husbands, how to dress.” Her assertion is one of many made in We Are Half of Iran’s Population, the documentary that Rakhshan Bani-Etemad put together in the months just before the 2009 elections in Iran. The hope was that women’s voices might be heard by presidential candidates, that their concerns would be addressed. The filmmaker explains that she had been asked many times before why she made films, and who saw her work. And so she made a film with a specific audience in mind.
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Arctic Monkeys head out on the road with the Black Keys (interesting pairing) on 2 March for a North American tour. But first they’ve released a new video…
After a glorious reunion run in 2008, Swervedriver have reunited yet again for another victory lap. However, this time around the band is employing the skills of their original drummer, Graham Bonnar. The dates for the band’s spring 2012 U.S. tour are listed below. Full details are available on Swervedriver’s website. And if you need to brush up on all things Swervie, check out Jon Garrett’s excellent PopMatters piece on these inimitable space travel rock and rollers.
Tuesday February 28th marks the day that EMI releases the expanded edition of Pink Floyd’s The Wall in both a super expansive Immersion Edition, as a three disc Experience Edition and on two slabs of vinyl! They’ve gone all out for this set—the Immersion Edition is so extensive that comprehending it necessitates a trailer, so check out that video below!
You might know Courtney Taylor-Taylor from his position as the front man for popular band the Dandy Warhols. However, when not playing guitar or singing for the alternative rock band, he acts as the creator and writer of graphic novel One Model Nation. A music man by trade, Taylor designed the graphic novel to be accompanied by an album that would be released in conjunction with the comic, along with illustrative music videos. One Model Nation was conceived in 2000 by Taylor-Taylor and Donovan Leitch, whose original vision for the series revolved around a fictional German band operating in the year 1977. The pair assert that the music for the series was completed within three days, yet the final development of the storyline took over 10 years to perfect, with the finished result having only recently become available in wide release.