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by Matt Mazur

14 Oct 2010

Though no one should be expecting the director of 21 Grams and Babel to be doing a screwball comedy, the trailer for Iñárritu’s newest film Biutiful looks even more dramatic and intense than usual.

Visually compelling, and featuring a lauded, dynamic performance from Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Biutiful looks to be one of the prestige film season’s true winners and quite possibly also one of the most divisive after a thunderously mixed reception at Cannes.

Kudos to Mr. Iñárritu for always mixing risk in equal parts with brains, heart, and vision.

by Lara Killian

14 Oct 2010

Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan is a gravelly voiced, more upbeat version of Sufjan Stevens.

The official video for “Robots”, from Mangan’s 2009 album Nice, Nice, Very Nice is a delightful take on an old theme, with West Side Story-style gangs taking each other on in a deserted railroad yard. Instead of beating each other up they set up a mini-robot smackdown to decide which group is the most righteous. But do these robots really want to beat each other up? Robots need love, too. They want to be loved by you.

Mangan was recently featured on NPR’s “World Cafe” and the CBC recently re-broadcast a Mangan Kitchen Scratch concert from earlier this year.

by Andrew Gilstrap

14 Oct 2010

A little Halloween flavor from one of the most entertaining bands around. Hailing from Atlanta, the Howlies mix punkish energy with what seems like encyclopedic knowledge of rock’s most rambunctious moments (‘50s rock and doo wop? Surf music? ‘60s garage band spirit? The Howlies have you covered). “Zombie Girl” is two-and-a-half minutes of brain-spattered, unabashed fun.

by Stephen Rowland

14 Oct 2010

The Soft Boys’ classic Underwater Moonlight is getting another reissue treatment on 19 October, this time in original form. Unlike Matador’s reissue to celebrate the band’s reunion in 2001, this reissue will be released as it was originally on Armageddon records: 10 tracks. It will be available on CD and 180 gram vinyl, and the bonus tracks that took up about most of Rykodisc’s and Matador’s reissues will be available as digital downloads upon purchase.

Also being reissued on CD, and for the first time on vinyl, is the Soft Boys’ debut, A Can of Bees, for those interested in the earliest recordings of the band.

The Soft Boys originally formed in 1976 and only lasted a few years. However, their sound, ranging from early punk rock to jangle pop to psychedlia, was highly influential to the Replacements, R.E.M., and the Los Angeles Paisley Underground movement of the early 1980s. Frontman Robyn Hitchcock is now playing with the Venus 3 and their most recent record, Goodnight, Oslo is also available through Yep Roc (a small label whose claim to fame is perpetuating modern releases from classic acts like Nick Lowe, Paul Weller, and Steve Wynn, to name a few).

by Alan Ranta

14 Oct 2010

Well, I’m going to have trouble sleeping tonight, all to this creepy video. Alpha Pup was on to something with this one, as the visuals from Tetsuo the Iron Man aptly suit an instrumental off Take’s magnificent sophomore record Only Mountain.

//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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