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by PopMatters Staff

25 Mar 2010


Blue-eyed soulster Jamie Lidell is unleashing his eagerly awaited new album Compass on 18 May, more than a month and a half from now. Yet, there is already a second video from the record. Now that’s what you call marketing… that and the roster of eye-catching names appearing as guests on the upcoming release, including Feist, Beck, Wilco, and Grizzly Bear.

by John Lindstedt

24 Mar 2010


Is there anything the internet can’t do? It’ll take something that no one asked for, give it to them, and then make you realize you wanted it. It will take two elements of the universe that have never been mentioned in the same sentence, breed them, and make a beautiful offspring.

Case in point: Lil’ Wayne meets the theme from The Office. If you’re anything like me, you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve heard the latter so much, you use your DVR to fast forward through The Office‘s opening credits. After hearing this, that should no longer be the case.

by PopMatters Staff

24 Mar 2010


SXSW is the perfect place for sites to load up on performance footage of all the buzz bands. So, of course, we have a clip from xx playing for KCRW. The London band performs a streamlined take on “Crystalised”. Yeah, I know everything they do is “streamlined”, but this stretches their patented minimalism even further.

Here’s an earlier live take on the tune from another public radio outlet, KEXP, late last year.

by Jayson Harsin

24 Mar 2010


Watch the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ performance of “Snowden’s Jig (Genuine Negro Jig)” at the Galaxy Room in Austin.

by Jessy Krupa

24 Mar 2010


At one point in the last episode, Joel mockingly told Julia that “Only a Braverman can criticize another Braverman”, but anyone could criticize this episode, which saw most of the characters acting irrational and silly for no apparent reason.

It all started when Sarah illogically pressured Julia and Joel to hire Amber as their babysitter for “date night”. Later on, when they politely canceled, Sarah guilted her sister into changing her mind by telling her that Amber was sad about it and the “go-to girl of babysitting” in their old neighborhood. This was all a lie, because Sarah herself doubted her daughter. Despite the fact that she made vulgar accusations about her brother in front of the rest of the family and smoked a cigarette as she told Haddie to lie to her parents because “they’re like termites”, Amber did turn out to be a good babysitter. While making “paper turtles” with Sydney, she even noticed that her mother was sneaking around outside, trying to check up on them.

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