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by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010


Jack White’s Third Man Records is putting out the debut album by Nashville’s Black Belles and the White Stripe directed this video for the Belles that magically channels the sound of his very own band.

by Sarah Zupko

19 Feb 2010


Just in cased you’ve somehow missed the promotional onslaught and the vast amount of copy expended this week on poring over Martin Scorsese’s career, Shutter Island is indeed coming to U.S. and Canadian theatres today. The film opens in many European countries next week, but oddly won’t see a UK release until 12 March.

Reactions to the film are somewhat mixed, even on our own staff. Chris Barsanti weighed in this morning, giving the film an eight and calling it “a haunted-house spooker mixed with an obsessed-detective noir, Shutter Island is not a great film. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of Scorsese’s best, and one to be remembered.” Meanwhile, Cynthia Fuchs is less bullish on Shutter Island, giving it a lowly four.

Earlier this week, Bill Gibron highlighted 10 key moments in Scorsese’s filmography in a popular article “‘Shutter’ Speed: 10 Seminal Scorsese Moments”. Gibron says of Scorsese that “he reinvents himself with every film, following his own unique ideals while constantly staying cemented in the language of the artform.”

Below are some interviews with the director and the stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley, as well as the author of the original book, Dennis Lehane.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010


Bettie Serveert
Pharmacy of Love
(Second Motion)
Releasing: 23 March

SONG LIST
01 Deny All
02 Semaphore
03 Love Lee
04 Mossie
05 The Pharmacy
06 Souls Travel
07 Calling
08 Change4Me
09 What They Call Love

“Deny All” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010


Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra’s new album Kollaps Tradixionales is a stunner. Today we gave it a 9 with Richard Elliott saying: “More fractured beauty from the Montreal collective. Never let us forget Godspeed, but this is where the sound of Constellation is at now.”

by Jonas Jacobs

19 Feb 2010


The next piece has a thousand covers, but I’m only going to include the ones I find relevant personally. 

I was taken back to this song by a specific Nina Simone version from Sugar in My Bowl: The Very Best of Nina Simone 1967 - 1972. The lyrics of the song first appeared in a poetry book Cohen wrote in 1966. It appeared as “Suzanne takes you down.” There was also recently an LA Weekly cover piece called “Living Off the Grid” that spotlighted the actual Suzanne that Cohen wrote the poem for and what she is doing today.

Leonard Cohen is one of the many artists I was introduced to by my parents growing up. His songs always touched me deeply and below are some videos that I think help give a trajectory of how the song evolved. In this case, I have included multiple live version of Cohen singing “Suzanne,” so we can see how he has evolved as an artist and how crowds have evolved as crowds.

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