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by PopMatters Staff

11 Apr 2010

PopMatters approved HEALTH has just released the latest video off their stellar 2009 full-length, Get Color.

by Jonathan Simrin

10 Apr 2010

While we wait for Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame to come out with a follow-up (or prequel?) to his acclaimed film, there is a new sci-fi short from Carl Erik Rinsch gaining a good deal of buzz and making the rounds on the Web. Rinsch, who was at one point in talks to direct the upcoming Alien prequel, made The Gift as part of the Parallel Lines series, which allowed five directors to make their own short films, each using the same, minimalist dialogue. Rinsch’s film The Gift is under five minutes in length and is already sparking interest from Warner Bros. and Fox.

by Arnold Pan

9 Apr 2010

We might have to wait some time yet for the Sleater-Kinney reunion Carrie Brownstein hinted at when she announced her own new project in this interview with the Guardian, but news of a Corin Tucker solo album will be more than enough keep their fans happy. According to Kill Rock Stars, Tucker will be releasing a solo effort in October 2010, which she has been recording in Portland. Tucker herself describes the upcoming album as “more of a middle-aged mom record” in the Portland Mercury, though, if YouTube videos of her performance at a bookstore benefit in March 2009 are any indication, her idea of mom rock is anything but mellowed out. Check out this sample of Tucker’s intense but slower burning solo work on YouTube from the March 2009 benefit, if you can bear with the crowd noise and the shaky camera frame.

by Timothy Gabriele

9 Apr 2010

Last week, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon featured the first ever television appearance of Liquid Liquid, who performed their classic 1981 deep cuts “Optimo” (non-televised and seen above) and “Cavern”, which was sampled infamously and illegally by Grandmaster Melle Mel’s anti-drug anthem “White Lines” (and allegedly recorded when they were slammed out of their minds on coke). Less unearthly and rhythmically disorienting than the originals (possibly due to the show’s acoustics), the band still nevertheless prove themselves to be insanely adept at their craft.

by Jennifer Cooke

9 Apr 2010

If you’re a music fan in San Diego or someone who sets a lot of store in the English rock press, then you’ve been waiting for a follow-up to Dirty Sweet’s superlative 2007 release, ...Of Monarchs and Beggars. The “skuzzy, ass-kicking rawk n’ roll” glorified by the NME is winning hearts and minds all across Europe as the band continues an extensive tour that will take them through May at the Moulin Blues Festival in the Netherlands.

American Spiritual is available now on Acetate Records, and can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon. “You’ve Been Warned” is the first single, a perfect example of the band’s fresh and relevant take on what many dismiss as a throwback genre. The only thing anachronistic about these guys is the stuff in their closets. And if you get a chance to see them live, do it—you’re in for a treat.

//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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