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by PopMatters Staff

24 May 2010

Various Artists
True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 2
Releasing: 25 May

Yet another True Blood soundtrack is releasing tomorrow, this time with a bevvy of new tunes from the likes of Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, as well as Beck and Robbie Robertson. The set is rounded out with old songs from Bob Dylan, Buddy Miller and many more listed below. You can sample the whole thing over at Entertainment Weekly‘s site.

01 “Howlin’ for My Baby” – M. Ward
02 “Evil (Is Going On)” – Jace Everett & CC Adcock
03 “Bad Blood” – Beck
04 “How to Become Clairvoyant” – Robbie Robertson
05 “Shake And Fingerpop” – Jr. Walker and The All Stars
06 “Frenzy” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
07 “Kiss Like Your Kiss” – Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello
08 “Gasoline and Matches” – Buddy & Julie Miller
09 “You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp)” – Chuck Prophet
10 “You’re Gonna Miss Me” – The 13th Floor Elevators
11 “Fresh Blood” – Eels
12 “The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix)” – Thievery Corporation
13 “New World in My View” – King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan
14 “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” – Bob Dylan

by Jonathan Simrin

24 May 2010

It had a good run, but Heroes is finally bowing out of prime time. The series certainly had some great moments and characters, but sadly, those highlights might ultimately be overshadowed by the incredible devotion and patience Heroes demanded from its viewers, as it weathered convoluted story lines and sloppy writing. Still, the series deserves a good deal of credit for bringing superheroes to a 21st century television audience. Now, not to slight the artistic merits of Wizards of Waverly Place, but there is still room for creative improvement when it comes to this genre.

ABC has stepped up to the plate, with No Ordinary Family, one of its new series being launched this fall. After a vacation helicopter accident (Beware of that phosphorescence!), Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz notice their entire family has developed superhuman abilities. The trailer does not give much of an indicator regarding the show’s feel or tone, but it’s good to see two fine television actors like Chiklis and Benz working together.

by Henry Guyer

24 May 2010

Ever wondered how a television really operates? Well, so has Björk (during Christmas some time in the ‘90s). Let her guide you through this informative yet fantastical educational video as she takes apart her TV set and explain why it is more like a megalopolis in there and why Icelandic poets are all liars.

by PopMatters Staff

24 May 2010

Strange Weather, Isn It?
Releasing: 24 August

Brooklyn dance-poppers return this summer with a new album and the band is currently streaming the first track over on their site.

01 AM/FM
02 The Most Certain Sure
03 Wannagain Wannagain
04 Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
05 Steady as the Sidewalk Cracks
06 Hollow
07 Jump Back
08 Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss
09 The Hammer

by Oliver Ho

24 May 2010

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon reads and offers context for some excerpts from her father’s 1967-71 daytimers. There are meetings with Serling Silliphant (The Towering Inferno, Circle of Iron) and Blake Edwards (!), lessons for James Coburn, and and entry marked “Steve called” (possibly McQueen). His workouts included a five-minute mile and doing 800 punches with each arm.

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// Moving Pixels

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