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by John Lindstedt

28 Jan 2010


When Saturday Night Live‘s Andy Samberg’s digital short “Lazy Sunday” hit the airwaves in 2005, it quickly became a huge viral sensation, spawning both imitators and countless more Samberg productions. The trend probably reached it’s apex this summer with Incredibad, the debut album of Samberg’s group the Lonely Island.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard the album’s breakout track, “I’m on a Boat”, so many times it’s not even funny anymore, if it ever was. Like a majority of things on SNL, the digital shorts became more formulaic and repetitive with each outing.

No one has expressed this sentiment better than the New York-based production company, Landline TV. Landline‘s short film “Landline Digitial Short” skewers Samberg, his pals, and his process. It’s a pretty dead on parody, and definitely worth checking out.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2010


Drive-By Truckers
The Big To-Do
(ATO)
Releasing: 16 March

Alt-Southern rock juggernaut, the Drive-By Truckers, have flipped from their New West Records home over to Dave Matthews’ ATO Records for their upcoming release. The move heralds a stronger embrace of the “rock” side of their sound as Patterson Hood describes it as “very melodic and more rocking than anything we’ve done since disc two of Southern Rock Opera.”

SONG LIST
01 Daddy Learned to Fly
02 The Fourth Night of My Drinking
03 Birthday Boy
04 Drag the Lake Charlie
05 The Wig He Made Her Wear
06 You Got Another
07 This Fucking Job
08 Get Downtown
09 After the Scene Dies
10 (It’s Gonna Be) I Told You So
11 Santa Fe
12 The Flying Wallendas
13 Eyes Like Glue
14 Girls Who Smoke (vinyl only bonus track)

Drive-By Truckers
“This Fucking Job” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jan 2010


Growing
Pumps
(Vice)
Releasing: 6 April

Brooklyn’s Growing has a new home in the hipster lifestyle label Vice and their new album Pumps emerges this spring.

SONG LIST
01 Short Circuit
02 Hormone
03 Massive Dropout
04 Camera 84
05 Challenger
06 Highlight
07 Drone Burger
08 Mind Eraser

Growing
“Hormone” [MP3]
     

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.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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