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by John Garratt

16 Sep 2010

The lead off track for Either/Orchestra’s latest album Mood Music for Time Travellers, “The (one of a kind) Shimmy”, is available for free download provided you give the website a little bit of information about you. The song also comes with a video complete with makeup, bad hats, and some interpretive wall hugging. And in case you were wondering what Russ Gershon and company were up to early in the decade, another track is up for grabs from the their Live in Addis album.

by Jacob Adams

15 Sep 2010

Less than one month after film geeks everywhere mourned the death of At the Movies, the revolutionary movie review show pioneered by legendary Chicago critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, Mr. Ebert has announced that the balcony will soon be re-opened, albeit in a substantially modified form. The new program, entitled Roger Ebert Presents at the Movies, is scheduled to air nationally on public television starting in January 2011. Christy Lemire, film critic for the Associated Press, and Elvis Mitchell, NPR and TCM contributor, will be the principal co-hosts, although film bloggers such Kim Morgan and Omar Moore will also appear regularly. Mr. Ebert himself will appear in a weekly segment called “Roger’s Office”, in which the famed film critic will use a computer-generated voice to review a classic, independent, or documentary film. 

Fortunately, potential audience members need not wait until January to satisfy their curiosities regarding this experiment in criticism. Chicago’s WTTW has made clips from the show’s pilot episode available online. Based upon the seven-minute excerpt, it is clear that Roger Ebert Presents at the Movies has the potential to bring back relevance and intellectual vigor to a unique critical genre, movie reviews on television. While it is unfair to jump to conclusions about the co-hosts based upon such limited clips, we see that Mitchell and Lemire are articulate and passionate about movies. Some of the review excerpts feel a bit dry and mechanical, but it understandably took Mr. Ebert and Mr. Siskel a while to find their grooves. Mitchell and Lemire are clearly unafraid to disagree with one another, and there is hope that they may capture some of the cheerful and respectful professional antagonism made famous by the show’s original reviewers. 

The fact that the program will regularly feature bloggers, respectable film critics who do not live financially by reviewing alone, suggests that Ebert and his production team are in touch with the distinct direction of modern film criticism. The show will also feature regular discussions of uniquely 21st century topics as new media, alternative film distribution methods, and cinema on demand. So far, the signs are good that Ebert and company will produce the type of program that At the Movies in the post-Siskel era tried somewhat unsuccessfully to remain, a relevant and intelligent exploration of movies that casual film-goers and cineastes alike can embrace and treasure.

by PopMatters Staff

15 Sep 2010

Photo: Jeremy Ferguson

Nashville’s Bad Cop play a gritty, visceral brand of guitar rock, fully embracing the nervous energy of their under-21 male beings. This foursome may indeed be quite young, but they’re already made the touring rounds several times, playing with bands like Jemina Pearl and, most appropriately, the Slits. The band is a classic power trio with all the vigor that term implies and they’ve all been honing their musical since about the age of 12, while soaking up a steady listening diet of MC5 and Joy Division. ROIR released their brand new album, Harvest the Beast just yesterday into a crowded week for new records and we’ve got the premiere today of the video for “Control”.

Soundcloud, tour dates and more videos after the jump…

by William Carl Ferleman

15 Sep 2010

The Smashing Pumpkins have released “Spangled”, the second song from the band’s forthcoming EP Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Volume 2: The Solstice Bare . “Spangled” is a brief but rather endearing love song, and more particularly, it underscores singer Billy Corgan’s impressive vocal ingenuity. His softer side is definitely on display here. For a chance to win a Fender guitar signed by Corgan, donate to Sweet Relief, an organization that helps musicians that have serious conditions.

by PopMatters Staff

14 Sep 2010

Los Angeles’ Loch & Key was actually conceived in a French launderette, the South of France setting somehow matching the sunny vibes of their Southern California roots to a tee. Meanwhile, the pair that make up the group, former American Music Club member Sean Hoffman and artist Leyla Akdogan, trekked off to Catalonia in Span to pen the first tune for their new musical venture. What a picture perfect beginning for a dose of pure and summery AM pop flavors. The band’s debut album is called Jupiter’s Guide for Submariners and today you can sample the oh-so-whimsically titled ” A Rather Large, Television-Shaped Head” from the release.

//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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