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by Cynthia Fuchs

24 May 2011


Frontline: Wikisecrets, can offer no interviews with its primary subject, Spc. Bradley Manning, as he’s currently imprisoned in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Still, the program, premiering Tuesday night and now available online, provides a seemingly detailed portrait of the young American soldier accused of passing restricted information to Wikileaks: among other things, he was frustrated and dismayed by his treatment by his military colleagues and the institution per se, at least in part because he’s gay. More provocatively, the program presents stories from other players in the case, including a hacker named Adrian Lamo (who appears in a rumpled trench coat and offers his personal observations of Manning’s state of mind, whom he met via email), as well as onetime Wikileaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg (who has his own observations to make about the way Wikileaks operates).

Julian Assange also speaks, if only to insist that “protecting our sources” remains a priority—this even as Manning has reportedly been tortured, or at least held many months held in isolation, as he awaits trial. The program constructs a timeline for events (with locations ranging from New York to London to Iraq to Oslo) and hints at motives and coverups. If, as Assange and other argue, Wikileaks’ exposures of illegal or otherwise shady exploits might transform the world (and perhaps stop warfare), the show raises questions as to costs, for individuals more than governments and organizations, which tend to go on. Asked to measure effects, Domscheit-Berg says, “I mean, it’s a very hard distinction you have to take. What is more important? Bringing the truth to the light or protecting one person?”

by John Bergstrom

24 May 2011


On June 7, Depeche Mode will release Remixes 2: 81-11, a sequel to Remixes 81-04.

Like its predecessor, the new compilation will feature “classic” previously-released remixes of hits, as well as exclusive all-new mixes. Also like its predecessor, it will be available in single and multiple-disc versions. The selling point of the latter is new mixes by former Depeche members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder.

Here via FACT is a free download of a new bastardization, erm, mix that doesn’t appear on Remixes 2, “Master and Servant (RSS Remix)”.

by PopMatters Staff

23 May 2011


The UK’s White Belt Yellow Tag are a young band on the rise, with their year-old British debut LP being favorably compared by NME and others to stellar bands such as Elbow and Doves. Their brand new US EP, You’re Not Invincible, has just been released and we have the pleasure of presenting you with the premiere of “Postcards”. Fans of the aforementioned groups, as well as the Verve should dig this tune. Keeping with the postcards theme, White Belt Yellow Tag was good enough to share with us some photos from their recent trip to China along with their thoughts on the trip in their words. Check out the full photoessay after the jump.

by Allison Taich

23 May 2011


During the summer of 2010 Chicago psych punk rockers Rabble Rabble stopped by a barn in upstate New York to record a session with producer Stephen George for Gimme That Sound Productions. The recordings will officially be released on 7-inch and digitally Monday, May 23. In celebration the band is playing a free show at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. Rabble Rabble will be supported by We Are Hex and Distractions. For those who live outside the Chicago limits, you can check out the band’s latest singles, “Why Not” and “Long Hook” bellow.

by Joseph Fisher

20 May 2011


It has been an incredibly busy spring semester for yours truly, which means that my PopMatters posting has been much lighter than usual. As of late, my inbox has been filling up with kind reminders from this site’s esteemed editors, nudging me to participate in a variety of summer writing projects. Truly, I have been doing the best that I possibly can to find the appropriate time to write some good stuff for the site.

Then, this morning, May 20, 2011, I realized that my neverending sense of guilt about my lack of writerly participation in the variety of excellent summer PopMatters columns that are planned for publication does not really matter, because the world is ending tomorrow. Therefore, I have decided that the most appropriate Mixed Media entry for what could be the very last Mixed Media entry ever is a clip of Mogwai playing “Mogwai Fear Satan.” I am so glad that I can be with all of you here at the end of all things.  To those of you I won’t see in heaven, I will offer you one consolation: at least you’ll have rock ‘n’ roll.

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