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by John Bergstrom

7 Jun 2010

The beloved British electropop duo Yazoo (Yaz in the US) will finally release an official document of its 2008 “Reconnected Tour”. The tour reunited synth-whiz Vince Clarke with husky-throated Alison Moyet for the first time in 25 years and shocked and thrilled fans who figured the pair would never share a stage again. has announced Reconnected Live, a two-disc live album that will be released, in the UK at least, on September 27. Curiously, no accompanying DVD has been mentioned.

by Jennifer Cooke

7 Jun 2010

There are several things that you will not be able to believe about the following video by Phil Spector’s wife Rachelle:

  • That it was produced in 2010 and not 1987.
  • That it cost more than $11 to make.
  • That the song was written by an adult and did not spring fully formed from a junior high schooler’s Pee-Chee folder.
  • That it comes from an album called Out of My Chelle that is not attempting to be humorous.
  • That the ostensible object of the song’s frothy sentiments is a convicted murderer and possibly one of the creepiest men living.
  • That the “singer” truly believes anyone wants to pay money to be ice-picked in the ear by someone who need only bleat about the “innocence” of said murderer in order to continue living like a queen without ever having to break a nail or a sweat for the rest of her life.

You will, however, be able to believe that this was produced from prison.

by Arnold Pan

7 Jun 2010

In a play to be his nation’s saving grace, hall-of-fame curmudgeon Mark E. Smith gets all soft and sentimental over…World Cup soccer—er, football. A case of a project too absurd not to be true, the Fall frontman has recorded an unofficial English team anthem called “England’s Heartbeat” with a duo called Shuttleworth. What’s even more unexpected is that Smith seems to play it pretty straight, getting patriotic in a way that could only be inspired by a tradition of sports futility. So England hasn’t won the World Cup since 1966, but considering the winning streak that Smith’s on this year with the latest, greatest Fall album Your Future Our Clutter, don’t bet against ‘em this time.

by Oliver Ho

7 Jun 2010

A news report captures a local outbreak of the Rocky Horror Picture Show phenomenon in Universal City sometime in the late 1970s. Watch closely, because about 1:25 into the segment, a certain soon-to-be-college-rock icon appears dressed as Dr. Frank-N-Furter to reassure the reporter, “This is an excellent movie, it really is, and we’re all quite normal, really.” [via A.V. Club]

by Alistair Dickinson

7 Jun 2010

Do you love Christina Hendricks as an gorgeous-but-somewhat-tragic office-runner named Joan Holloway in 1960s-set Mad Men, but also love Christina Hendricks as a gorgeous-but-somewhat-psychopathic con-woman in the distant-future-set Firefly? Well, you’re in luck! Danger Mouse-James Mercer project Broken Bells has released a video for “Ghost Inside”, which features Hendricks as a jump-suited android from the distant-future trying to make it to a very retro-looking resort planet.

//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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