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by Timothy Gabriele

7 Jun 2011


YouTube user thenov29films has become something of the official unofficial videographer of much of the best underground electronic music coming out, most of which would never have a visual accompaniment anyway. The Nov 29 Films, filmmakers Kevin Paschold and Sebastian Kökow, thoughfully and precisely match clips of old art films, animations, video games, and whatever fits to modern music at lightning-fast speed, sometimes within days of a record’s release. Here is a week-old clip of a woman fluttering a fan to Venetian Snares’s “Ever Stopped the Heaviest” from their Cubist Reggae EP. Whereas Venetian Snares were at one time involved in the end of IDM that obfuscated beats, abstracted melodies, and skirted the fringes of listenability, their latest EP actually works in inverse by taking obscure elementals and ornamental production and highlighting the pop angles of such.

by Kate Dries

6 Jun 2011


The release of the trailer for Showrunners couldn’t come at a more perfect time—right on the heels of the trailer for Page One, about the media desk of The New York Times. Page One covers the now age-old battle between print and new media. Ignoring the fact that Page One seems an odd title for a movie largely about one desk (the title references the meeting had every morning at the Times to discuss the important stories of the day, featured on the hardcopy first page and homepage of the site), these films are not that different.

They follow people (white men, by the looks of the trailers) talking about the changing landscape of their given area in media. Arguably, Showrunners looks a little sexier than Page One; it interviews the writers and creators of our most popular television shows. And of the two, television is probably the more flourishing of mediums.

by John Garratt

6 Jun 2011


Reputable go-to cellist Erik Friedlander found critical success in 2007’s cross country road trip album Block Ice & Propane. So the forthcoming Bonebridge won’t find him drastically changing the formula as far as going-places-and-doing-things-themed albums go. It doesn’t drop until June, but you can download the song “Beaufain Street” right now with Bandcamp’s name-you-price checkout. So you can pay nothing, if you feel like it.

Beaufain Street is apparently in Charleston, South Carolina, where Friedlander and his band wrapped up the recording of Bonebridge. Memphis hotshot Doug Wamble plays guitar; Broken Arm Trio stickman Mike Sarin provides the drums and former Bungler Trevor Dunn does the bass thing.

by Cynthia Fuchs

6 Jun 2011


A child prodigy, a self-taught chess grandmaster, and the troubled son of a single mother, he resists comprehension even as he invites judgment. The problem of Bobby Fischer remains unsolved by the end of Bobby Fischer Against the World. Liz Garbus’ documentary takes on a subject so convoluted, so difficult and elusive, that he resists the very process of documentation. Premiering on 6 June, it’s this first film in HBO‘s Summer Documentary Series presents the many contradictions Fischer embodied, his shyness and his arrogance, for instance, the movie also offers a series of interviewees with ideas about him, friends and colleagues, experts and historians. Fischer looms for them as he does for the rest of us, sometimes illegible, sometimes impressive, always striking.
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by Ian Mathers

3 Jun 2011


Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson, maybe the manliest man on American television, so it’s no shock that he’s a fan of facial hair. Budweiser asked Offerman to help out with their Grow One, Save a Million Facebook campaign. Along with Craig Pregracke (the founder of nonprofit organization Living Lands & Waters), Offerman is enlisting guys to pledge to not shave from now until June 5th (World Environment Day, apparently). It turns out that not shaving saves an average of five gallons of water a day, and if you get enough guys growing beards, that adds up ...

To help recruit more beards, Offerman sat down with PopMatters to talk about saving water, the power of facial hair to close mall food courts, and making tables for Gandalf.

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