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by L.B. Jeffries

9 Jul 2010

This video is a clever compilation of tracks from classic cinema set to Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger”. Pop was fresh out of rehab, in Paris, and being badgered by David Bowie to start making music when the tune was recorded. In many ways the song is classic Bowie but what always made it stand out was having Iggy Pop be the one to perform it. A song about being carried along by an awful drug addiction and finding faith that the world is still “made for you and me” has a much more impressive impact coming from Iggy. It’s also a refreshing angle on cinema, abandoning voyeur themes and affirming the classic sense that people “ride and ride” through a movie.

The song does make its winks and nods to film criticism as it goes. When Pop intones, “the stars made for us tonight” we cut to a couple making out on the beach in swimsuits. Clips are occasionally literal with lyrics, occasionally they match the rhythm of the song to a Hollywood dance routine, or matching the spirit of the scene to the line itself like the scene from Lawrence of Arabia where he is trying on his white garb for the first time appears with “Let’s take a ride and see what’s mine.”

by Chris Catania

8 Jul 2010

The surprise show is one of the greatest things that can happen to a concert fan. And one of the reasons I love surprise concerts is because they catch fans completely off guard. Whether the surprise concert lasts for only one song or goes on for an entire set, fans always get lifted off their feet. So, let’s see how Lenny Kravitz, Robert Plant, Jimmy Buffet and Dr. Dre and Timbaland set their fans floating home on cloud nine.

Ask any concert fan and they’ll tell you nothing beats being surprised at a show when one of your favorite artists walks on stage unexpectedly. Because the moment is so intense and unbelievable, the surprise concert instantly becomes unique from any other concert that you’ve experienced before.

I don’t know if it’s just that time of year, but these last few weeks have been prime time for surprising concert fans all over the globe. So, here’s a list of artists who gave their fans a memorable moment of rock and awe.

by Jonathan Simrin

8 Jul 2010

As Mad Men fans desperately wait for July 25 to roll around, when they will finally be able to catch up with their favorite gone-rogue ad agency and Reno’s newest (and poutiest) housewife, they can find some comfort in this new compilation of pick-up lines from the show. Thanks to filmmaker K. Ryan Jones, fans can enjoy a refresher on all of the characters’ lustful desires, from the creepy (Remember neighbor boy Glen and his thing for Betty’s hair?) to the classic (Don’s under-the-skirt business negotiation). So take out that bottle of scotch from your desk already and watch.

by Michael Underwood

8 Jul 2010

The first episode in the new web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, this short introduces Trevor Drift, a young man who discovered his superpower young in life but has kept it secret (mostly from his father), developing his incredible dancing abilities. 

The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers has been doing promotions and performances for about a year, appearing on So You Think You Can Dance, during the Glee tour, during the Oscars, and at a TED Talk.  They’ve been posting teasers online throughout this lead-up, but this episode marks the true beginning of the web series. The first episodes will show the origins of the members of the Legion and hint at the forces that will be arrayed against them and “The Uprising”.

In LXD, director John M. Chu applies a superhero metaphor/skin to a dance crew, highlighting the seemingly-supernatural abilities of top-end dancers. Motifs of the genre are already at play, from origin stories to inter-generational inheritance of power and secret organization offering training to individuals with incredible abilities.

The storytelling is mostly in service of highlighting the dance, but we’ll see how the story of LXD develops as the cast assembles and they move past the origins.

by Paul Gregory Alms

8 Jul 2010

R.E.M.’s 1985 album Fables of the Reconstruction has been remastered and will reissued on July 13th on Capitol and I.R.S. It’s been 25 years since this sometimes under appreciated record appeared. The 25th Anniversary edition will feature remastered versions of the album’s original 11 tracks, and a second disc of 14 demos. These demos include versions of the original 11 plus several other songs such as demos of “Hyena” and “Bandwagon” and a song entitled “Throw Those Trolls Away”. Here’s a stream of the demo version of the album’s opening track, “Feeling Gravity’s Pull”. Track list after the jump.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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