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by Joseph Fisher

30 Jul 2010


It’s okay. You can admit that you never thought Vanilla Ice would ever hold any kind of influence over any developments in any area of the music industry. You’d be in good company.  Unfortunately, you’d also be wrong.

Here’s Vanilla Ice with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in 1991:

Now, here’s Vanilla Ice in 1998:

And below are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2007. Just please, if you’re anywhere in public, turn off the volume on this clip, as Raphael’s signature sarcasm seems to have matured into some righteous, profane anger over the years:

Would Master Splinter advise some kind of supergroup tour?

by J.M. Suarez

30 Jul 2010


Travis frontman Fran Healy is set to release his first solo album, Wreckorder, on October 5th. The first single, “Buttercups”, is now available for streaming on Healy’s website. The new album boasts some impressive guests such as Neko Case who duets with Healy on “Sing Me to Sleep”, as well as Paul McCartney playing bass on “As It Comes”.

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by PopMatters Staff

30 Jul 2010


Whether or not you think it’s a particularly good idea for the most powerful person on the planet to set foot on a daytime TV stage, you have to admit this was pretty entertaining. Does it diminish the office of the president as some observers, like Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has claimed this week? Or is this just an inevitable outgrowth of our celebrity and trash TV obsessed times? Whoopi Goldberg did address race issues with the President, which many “hard news” reporters have shied away from, but in this clip Obama talks pop culture.

by Cynthia Fuchs

30 Jul 2010


The film, available at SnagFilms beginning 30 July and screening as part of the Rooftop Films series in Brooklyn on 31 July, tells Kilmi’s story via wry narration and cleverly juxtaposed images. No matter the earnestness of the cold warriors, Disco and the Atomic War makes clear that the most effective weapon is the West’s completely corny “soft power.”

by Tom Fenwick

30 Jul 2010


French duo Jamaica, formerly Poney Poney, have just released the video for their latest single “Short & Entertaining”. Brimming with feverish stop-start guitars and breezy fuzz-pop melodies, the track is a three-minute, foot-stomping statement of intent. If that wasn’t enough, as a bonus for thrash metal/French pop crossover fans, the video features a cameo from founding member of Sepultura, Igor Cavalera. “Short & Entertaining” will be released on August 16th through Co-op Music. With their debut album No Problem (produced by one half of Justice) coming a week later.

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