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by Jyllian Gunther, Isaac Miller, Kevin Greer, Amy Carroll

28 Apr 2011


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We as a filmmaking and film-going species are clearly interested in environments, built and found. Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s My Playground features the emerging sport of parkour, or “freerunning”. The film follows a group of young Danish parkour athletes called Team JiYo as it travels to Japan, China and the US to connect with and run along side other like-minded human monkeys.

Two things are required for this sport: motion and architecture. Bodies (no boards, no wheels, no sails and definitely no safety nets) hurtle through parking lots, modernist housing projects and the curious formations in public squares. The athletes are for real, organized around “clubs” and a shared ethos, but without leagues, competitions or clothing label sponsorships.

by Joseph Fisher

28 Apr 2011


Rolling Stone is reporting that Smashing Pumpkins are planning an elaborate remaster campaign that will, of course, find them releasing additional rarities and “bonus material”. In addition to wondering whether or not the Pumpkins should be described in the plural—as if they are, or ever were, a collective of any kind—we might also wonder why presumably rarities-collecting collections like Pisces Iscariot need to be reissued with more rarities. Also, are these rarities really rare anymore? Regardless, I suppose the best kind of new Smashing Pumpkins material is old Smashing Pumpkins material. We’ll reserve judgement on that new album.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Apr 2011


Argentina’s Soema Montenegro has a haunting and virtuosic voice, one that can utter shivering hushed tones before effortlessly letting loose a plaintive wail. It’s an exceptionally powerful instrument and Montenegro is wise to fully showcase it on her recordings, matching that voice with spare and atmospheric instrumentation that allows her singing all the room it needs. La Blogoteque called her “the best singer on the whole planet” and while that might be a bit premature given that Montenegro is only now on the verge of releasing her second record, we can certainly understand and appreciate the enthusiasm. Montenegro does possess the chops to be one of the latter day vocal greats and her expansive sound seems bound for the stages of Carnegie Hall and the world’s fine concert venues. Montenegro’s second LP and first US album, Passionaria, will be releasing this May via Western Vinyl and we are pleased to present the online premiere of “Cuando Pasa” today. For an even more extensive look at this intriguing young artist, check out the mini-film from Vincent Moon’s “Take Away Show”.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Apr 2011


Death Cab for Cutie
Codes and Keys
(Atlantic)
Releasing: 31 May

Death Cab for Cutie have just put out a stream of a new tune from their upcoming album. The boys also have a bunch of international shows upcoming with Frightened Rabbit, listed after the jump.

SONG LIST
01 Home Is a Fire
02 Codes and Keys
03 Some Boys
04 Doors Unlocked and Open
05 You Are a Tourist
06 Unobstructed Views
07 Monday Morning
08 Portable Television
09 Underneath the Sycamore
10 St. Peter’s Cathedral
11 Stay Young, Go Dancing

Death Cab for Cutie - Some Boys by ATL REC.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Apr 2011


A subtitled version of the new Sveriges Television documentary on Swedish popster Robyn has hit YouTube. The entire one-hour program is available in four parts online now. If you press the little “CC” button on the video embed, you will get the subtitles.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Highbrow, Middle Brow, and Lowbrow in Free-to-Play Gaming

// Moving Pixels

"From the charmingly trashy to the more artistically inclined, there is a wide variety of gaming options in the free-to-play market.

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