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by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2010


Pavement
Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement
(Matador)
Releasing: 9 March

The final tracklist for the upcoming Pavement compilation on Matador has just been announced.

SONG LIST
01 Gold Soundz (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
02 Frontwards (Watery, Domestic EP)
03 Mellow Jazz Docent (Perfect Sound Forever EP)
04 Stereo (Brighten the Corners)
05 In the Mouth a Desert (Slanted & Enchanted)
06 Two States (Slanted & Enchanted)
07 Cut Your Hair (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
08 Shady Lane / J Vs. S (Brighten the Corners)
09 Here (Slanted & Enchanted)
10 Unfair (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
11 Grounded (Wowee Zowee)
12 Summer Babe (Winter Version) (Slanted & Enchanted)
13 Range Life (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
14 Date w/ IKEA (Brighten the Corners)
15 Debris Slide (Perfect Sound Forever EP)
16 Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse) (Watery, Domestic EP)
17 Spit on a Stranger (Terror Twilight)
18 Heaven Is a Truck (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
19 Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite at :17 (Slanted and Enchanted)
20 Embassy Row (Brighten the Corners)
21 Box Elder (Slay Tracks 1933-1969 EP)
22 Unseen Power of the Picket Fence (No Alternative compilation)
23 Fight This Generation (Wowee Zowee)

Gold Soundz [MP3]
     

by John Lindstedt

27 Jan 2010


Lost fans still have a couple “Faradays” between them and the premiere of the show’s final season, but there’s no shortage of web goodies to appease those who can’t help but froth at the mouth in anticipation.

First and foremost is the web series Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative, a cleverly crafted faux doc filtered through a nostalgic 80’s motif in the vein of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Within the Lost universe, the series had a short run in 1982 on ABC, and it sheds light on the enigmatic Dharma Initiative that figure prominently in the story’s overall mythology. Released in a five parts over the course of last year, what could have been a disposable bonus feature is both satisfying and more than a little creepy.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Jan 2010


Alaska in Winter, known in his non-musical life as Brandon Bethancourt, just won the Best Dance/Electronica Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards for his recent album Holiday. The American-born, Berlin-resident Bethancourt put together a recent DJ set for Iceland Airways, which you can sample below.

FM Belfast also remixed his tune “Underwear”...

“Underwear” (FM Belfast remix) [MP3]
     

by Alex Suskind

26 Jan 2010


One is arguably the most iconic lyricist in rap history; the other is a reggae star and the son of a legendary musician/activist (Bob Marley). So when Nas and Damian Marley announced plans to collaborate back in February 2009, fans from both genres eagerly anticipated the result.

Originally, the idea was to release just an EP, but when the duo hit the studio to record last year, they decided to turn it into a full record, entitled Distant Relatives.

“Reggae is one of the roots of hip-hop. Hip-hop music has helped reggae in its transition periods. Together we kind of wanted to give people that. To find the roots of reggae and hip-hop,” Nas told the Omaha World Herald back in June 2009. In the same interview, the Queens rapper also discussed the meaning behind the album’s name: “We’re in a recession. It’s a hard time for America. People are killing themselves over jobs, but we take for granted what we do have here… In the world, we’re family. We’re all relatives in a way. So we named the album Distant Relatives because it talks to all people.”

by John Lindstedt

26 Jan 2010


For those of us who can’t make it to Utah this year, don’t feel bad: you can still experience a lot of the action on the Sundance Channel’s website. On top of red carpet photos, critical buzz, and high society party reports, 31 Days of Sundance streams some interesting behind-the-scenes video about the upcoming indies / possible future sleeper hits.

Among the films featured is The Freebie, a low budget dramedy about a seemingly content couple who, despite their superficial chemistry, are having little sex behind closed doors. To mix up their sex life, the two decide to grant each other a “freebie”, or a no strings-attached one night stand with another partner (shades of Curb Your Enthusiasm). The film is written, directed, and starring newcomer Katie Aselton (The Office, The League), who in this interview is joined by her costar, a increasingly mature Dax Shephard.

Aselton recounts how when she complained no one was calling her for work, her husband and League co-star Mark Duplass (referred to here as the “king of the do-it-yourself film movement”) just told her to stop complaining and make a movie. After coming up with an idea (an important part of the process), Aselton did just that, using her modest budget to film bedroom scenes with Shephard in her own home, with her husband present. All in all, it sounds pretty decent. If it doesn’t get picked up by a studio, I’m pretty sure I’ll catch it on Netflix’s instant stream queue in the near future.

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