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by Chris Barsanti

30 Mar 2012


At 15 years old, Alma (Helene Bergsholm) is feeling confined in a small mountain town in Norway. She’s miserable and confused in the usual teenage sense, flipping off the town sign whenever she passes it, and dreaming of life elsewhere. Specifically, she’s dreaming of a boy in her class, Artur (Matias Myren), whom she imagines climbing in her bedroom window on moonlit nights. When not indulging in this fantasy, she rings up a sizeable bill on a phone sex line. But the coming of age story in Turn me on, dammit (Få meg på, for faen)—its title tweaked and opening 30 March at the Angelika Film Center and The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center—takes a turn when an encounter with Artur doesn’t go quite as Alma hopes. As she negotiates a spate of rumors at school, the film reveals a delicate sense of comedy, attuned to the acute embarrassments, social minefields, and roaring squalls of adolescence. It understands the passing fancies and worries of the teenager, whether it’s Alma’s pointless aggression with her single mother or her friend Saralou’s (Malin Bjørhovde) habit of writing chatty letters to death row prisoners in Texas. The movie knows that these things will pass, even if the kids do not.

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by Sarah Zupko

29 Mar 2012


Sadly, bluegrass banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs has passed away at the age of 88. In an age when clawhammer banjo playing still dominated the string band scene, Scruggs brought his three-finger picking style out of the North Carolina mountains and smack dab into the mainstream. It became the dominant playing style in bluegrass and roots music generally as a result of his virtuoso performances with Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys as well as with Flatt & Scruggs.

Scruggs signed on with the Father of Bluegrass (Monroe) back in 1945 and was on the recordings of some the group’s most classic tunes. Lester Flatt was also in the Bluegrass Boys and they both left in 1948 to form their well-known group, the Foggy Mountain Boys a.k.a. Flatt & Scruggs, who were famous outside of the bluegrass world for The Beverly Hillbillies theme song, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”, but within the bluegrass community were respected nearly as much as Bill Monroe himself.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Mar 2012


Earlier this month in reviewing Ekstasis, PopMatters’ Robert Alford said “Julia Holter makes a powerful case for the value of challenging her listeners while remaining within the conventions of pop.” Today you can check out Holter’s latest single and the video for “Moni Mon Amie”. And you will want too because as Alford says, “the reward that her music offers is substantial, as Ekstasis is one of the most unusual and unprecedented indie pop albums to come along in quite awhile.”

by PopMatters Staff

28 Mar 2012


Björk has a new series of remixes of songs from last year’s Biophilia releasing every two weeks, leading up to a CD and vinyl release of each remix. First up, Berlin’s Current Value takes on “Crystalline”.

by Sarah Zupko

28 Mar 2012


Damon Albarn
Dr. Dee
(Virgin)
Releasing: 8 May

Pop maestro Paul McCartney has done it (perhaps a bit unsuccessfully) and so not to be outdone, the musical adventurer otherwise known as Damon Albarn has now also composed an opera. Albarn has come a long way since his storied, but musically limiting, Britpop days, having formed the genre-busting Gorillaz and performed superb collaborations with acclaimed artists in the worldbeat arena. Now, he’s flexing his artistic muscles even further tackling perhaps the most difficult musical form to master. The soundtrack for Dr. Dee will release in early May. Stay tuned.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Discusses 'Tales from the Borderlands Episode 2'

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"Our foray into the adventure-game-style version of the Borderlands continues.

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