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by Brad Washington

20 Oct 2011

Last year in September Wale and Kid Cudi were embroiled in a beef that left the two close friends estranged for months. In Febuary of this year, the two squashed the beef and to show us that they are back, the Cudder jumps on the new single (“Focused”) for Wale’s upcoming album Ambition. Cudi is on the chorus, while Wale lays down the raps on this mid-tempo tune. I think a lot of people especially Cudi fans, would have enjoyed a rap verse by Cudder, but just the fact that these old friends and talented artists are collaborating makes the song worthwhile.

by Cynthia Fuchs

20 Oct 2011

Girls can do anything, right? Except that they’re still encouraged to see themselves as helpers, raised, represented, and expected to be wives and mothers rather than independent achievers. This is the primary argument made by Miss Representation. Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary isn’t making a new or a very subtle argument, but it’s one—made emphatically—that makes the film a perfect fit for Oprah’s OWN Documentary Club. Media representations of girls and women as objects are actually increasing. The reasons are various, and include predictable fears and anxieties concerning potential shifts in power and money, and, the film submits, these representations influence how girls and boys think about the world and themselves. As Margaret Cho says plainly, “The media treats women like shit and it’s horrible and I don’t know how we survive it. I don’t know how we rise above it.”

by Joseph Fisher

19 Oct 2011

Well, that hole in my dreams has finally been filled. The Stone Roses are preparing to tour the world. All of the details are available on their website, including some cheeky press conference footage. Feel free to express your adoration for me, a humble PopMatters blogger, for bringing this earth-shattering news directly to you.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Oct 2011

Singer-songwriter Katie Herzig recently released The Waking Sleep and has described how she was “trying new things, getting outside of what I would normally do as an artist. It was really fun and invigorating to use samples and build tracks digitally. I loved creating like that, and it really allowed me more freedom, because I was doing something less personal, and creating for something else.” It’s a unique approach for a singer-songwriter, especially one based out of twang-loving Nashville. But then Herzig’s career has always been pretty rich and varied as she followed up 2008’s Apple Tree with a healthy spate of film and TV music work.

In recent years, Herzig has rediscovered her love of the band format. “I just love bands, and I found myself making a record that felt like that. I was listening to lots of Coldplay, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend…” Meanwhile The Waking Sleep was developed over the course of a full year while Herzig toured. “I recorded whenever I was home, and each time it felt like it was a different season of the record.” Today we present the premiere of RAC’s remix of one of those new tunes, “Free My Mind”, which could well describe her fresh approach to her music.

by Steve Jansen

18 Oct 2011

“Midnight City” has been kicking around the binary lanes for a while now, but with the parent album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming out this week the track has got an official video, and seems poised to cross M83 over into mainstream success—and rightly so. Previous album, Saturdays = Youth, was a revelation of sorts; spearheaded by tracks like “Kim & Jessie”, the long-players sound was a manifest fantasy of imaginary John Hughes soundtrack albums, revealing there to be genuine life in the slow-coming, oft-predicted, now full-blown ‘80s revival.

//Mixed media

How Röyksopp's 'Melody A.M.' Brought Electronica Into the Mainstream

// Sound Affects

"With their debut, the Norwegian duo essentially provided the everyman's guide to electronic music.

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