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by Jessy Krupa

7 Jul 2010

On July 7th, 1940, Richard Starkey was born in Liverpool, but from 1959 on, he would mostly be known to the world as Ringo Starr. He gained that stage name while he was a drummer for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes because of the many rings he liked to wear, and the country and western sound to it. In 1962, the Beatles were looking for a new drummer to replace Pete Best. When they asked Starr, who had previously worked with them, what he thought about drum solos, he reportedly said, “I hate ‘em!”, which was the right answer for them.

by Sachyn Mital

7 Jul 2010

by PopMatters Staff

7 Jul 2010

The Gaslight Anthem have just released a new video for the title track of their new album that we just recently gave an 8. Andrew Gilstrap said, “American Slang is a big step forward for the Gaslight Anthem, showing more consistency and ambition than The ‘59 Sound. Naysayers might point to them as a band that’s found its niche, and is content to explore all the nooks and crannies of that niche. But a good listen to the way sharp guitars weave their way through the songs, or to the way drummer Benny Horowitz lays down lockstep rhythms that hearken back to a kind of rock ‘n’ roll that not made much anymore, and it’s obvious that the Gaslight Anthem are hammering away at something important. If not for them, then for a lot of us who love straightforward, ragged-soul rock ‘n’ roll.”

by Sachyn Mital

7 Jul 2010

To quote Moby’s journal, “the nice people at xlr8r asked me to do an old skool rave mix for their podcast series. so, as an unreformed raver, i said ‘yes’”. So, relive those early ‘90s rave days with a 48-minute techno mix from Moby. While his classic “Go” is not included, he does spin “Next Is the E” in with other full force dance tracks.


Track list:
01 Messiah “Temple of Dreams” (Kickin)
02 Mentasm “I Need Release”
03 Altern8 “Frequency” (Network)
04 N-Joi “Mindflux” (RCA)
05 Ragga Twins “Hooligan 69” (Shut Up and Dance)
06 Awesome 3 “Don’t Go” (City Beat)
07 Moby “Next is the E” (Instinct)
08 Hyper Go Go “High” (Hooj Choons)
09 Fierce Ruling Diva “You Gotta Believe” (React)
10 Bizarre Inc. “Playing With Knives” (Vinyl Solution)
11 Messiah “Xeroxed”
12 Dream Frequency “Feel So Real” (City Beat)

by Arnold Pan

6 Jul 2010

If you haven’t been keeping up with Beck’s online-only “Record Club” enterprise, here’s a quick recap: Teaming up with indie luminaries, Beck has created one-day one-off projects covering entire albums, then releasing the studio sessions one track per week via Vimeo clips. The first few efforts gave at least a little insight into his influences, since you’d expect anyone of Beck’s lineage to play such classics as The Velvet Underground and Nico and The Songs of Leonard Cohen with proper reverence. The Record Club just wrapped up a rendering of INXS’s Kick, which might’ve seemed kitschy if not for the real effort put into it by the likes of St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, Liars, and Os Mutantes; check out the surprisingly tender version of “Never Tear Us Apart”.

//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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