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by Evan Sawdey

23 Mar 2010


Donwill
Don Cusack in High Fidelity
(Interdependent Media)
Releasing: 23 March

Backpack wrapper decides to put out a solo debut that’s actually a concept album based off of… High Fidelity. No, really. Tracks include “Top 5 Breakups” and “Championship Vinyl”, which don’t necessarily mirror the film beat-for-beat, but instead Donwill uses it as a jumping off point for his very top-notch rhymes, all while flanked by some ready-for-radio beats that I was actually quite impressed with. 

“Laura’s Song” [MP3]
     

“Pu**y Rules the World” [MP3]
     

“I See You” (Unmastered version) [MP3]
     

by Darren Ratner

23 Mar 2010


Now that Captain Kirk is almost 80, I’ll go ahead and confess to being a true Shatner fan, even if I’ve never been a Trekkie, never seen Boston Legal, never cared for the Priceline commercials, and found that my only favorite Shatner moment was he and Will Smith getting high on laughing gas during an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

I’m not sure what’s funnier: Shatner himself making fun of Star Trek or Will Smith making fun of Star Trek. Either way, when Shatner grabs Alfonso Ribeiro and says “Scotty you’re…black!”, it’s hysterical.

by Alex Suskind

23 Mar 2010


MGMT
Congratulations
(Sony/Columbia)
Releasing: 13 April

Recording the follow-up to your critically-acclaimed debut album has to be a nerve-wracking affair. As a band, do you go with the same sound/formula you used on the first record? Or, do you venture outside the box and approach things from a completely different perspective? On MGMT’s sophomore album Congratulations, they successfully manage to do both.

Currently streaming on their homepage, the duo’s new record is decorated with the same new wave synthesizer riffs and catchy pop melodies they used on their first album, Oracular Spectacular in 2008. But this time, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden have injected the album’s nine songs with a heavy dose of prog rock and ‘60s psychedelia (that is, more psychedelia than the first album).

SONG LIST
01 It’s Working  
02 Song for Dan Treacy  
03 Someone’s Missing  
04 Flash Delirium  
05 I Found a Whistle  
06 Siberian Breaks  
07 Brian Eno  
08 Lady Dada’s Nightmare  
09 Congratulations

by PopMatters Staff

23 Mar 2010


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In the latest installment of the AV Club’s “Under Cover” project, the very indie Fruit Bats cover the very mainstream pop ‘70s and ‘80s hitmakers Hall & Oates. It’s a pretty faithful take and mostly great fun, except for a few off-key moments from Eric D. Johnson.

by John Lindstedt

22 Mar 2010


Have you recently bought a high definition television set and are not sure what all the fuss is about? Well stop worrying, the fuss has been justified.

On Sunday, the Discovery Channel debuted Life, the breathtaking new 11-part nature documentary that serves as de facto sequel series to the equally stunning Planet Earth. Unlike Earth, which focuses on terrains and ecosystems, Life takes a deep look at the wide variety of life on our planet and the fascinating behavior it often displays.

Every shot of the series makes you stop and wonder how it was accomplished, and the documentary even contains footage of wildlife behavior that has never been caught on film before.

The above clip showcases the first known footage of Komodo dragons on a hunt as they take down a water buffalo, and it’s nothing short of incredible. For the full experience, be sure to check it out Sundays on the Discovery Channel.

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