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by Jessy Krupa

7 Mar 2010

The Academy Awards used to be one of the biggest annual events on television, but up until last year, its TV ratings kept going down. Though some people are clearly heavily into the whole thing by throwing “Oscar parties” and betting on who will win what, most people won’t even bother to watch the whole show. Some people argued that this was because the movies that America cared about weren’t usually nominated. This year’s show, with its ten best picture nominees, will either prove or refute that theory.

In years past, however, a major portion of the audience just tuned in to see what everyone was wearing. The Oscars were more than just the source to see the most famous people in Hollywood celebrating the best movies of the past year; it was also a major pop culture event. It was big news in 1973, when Marlon Brando refused his “Best Actor in a Leading Role” award and chose Sacheen Littlefeather to make a speech in his place. In 1985, Sally Field drew laughs because she said, “You like me! Right now, you like me!” during her “Best Actress” acceptance speech, and in 1998, everyone talked about how Roberto Benigni climbed up on the seats on his way to accept the “Best Foreign Language Film” award. However, in today’s 24-hour news cycle, instant YouTube world, nobody misses anything big. There are multiple entertainment news shows on air that will tell you about everything that happened and many websites, PopMatters included, that will list who won what.

That’s why I won’t be watching the Oscars, even though most of the broadcast networks have bought into the hype, with only CBS offering anything new. They’ll be showing an episode of The Amazing Race based around the sites in Germany where the Beatles got their start. If you’re lucky enough to have cable, there’s a few former Oscar winning movies on, including The Dark Knight on Cinemax, Goodfellas on AMC, and Saving Private Ryan on TNT. Alternately, you could have a DVD marathon of your favorite movies and avoid all of the commercials while you’re at it. After all, you’re not missing anything.

by John Lindstedt

5 Mar 2010

This Funny Or Die video features almost all the iconic presidential impressions from Saturday Night Live all in the same room, some reprising roles they haven’t played since the ‘70s.

The only notable absence is Phil Hartman’s Ronald Reagan. Hartman is sadly no longer with us, but he is impeccably replaced by Jim Carrey, who used to play Reagan back in his early days logging time on In Living Color.

All in all, a pretty momentous event for comedy and political enthusiasts alike.

Here’s one of the old legendary Phil Hartman sketches…

by Darren Ratner

5 Mar 2010

Everyone can appreciate a good train wreck, and Courtney Love has become one of America’s finest. Keep that in mind and you’ll see that the birthing of some new Hole tunes doesn’t seem so intolerable - especially when the band’s new single, “Skinny Little Bitch”, sounds like a heroin-induced bitchslap. The new album, Nobody’s Daughter, drops April 26. Judge for yourself.

by Crispin Kott

4 Mar 2010

Maybe I’m showing my age here, but I can actually remember information gleaned more than five minutes ago. Sure, in an increasingly Twitterized world, if it didn’t just happen, maybe it never happened at all. But are there really people over two weeks old who don’t know who John Lennon is?

That’s apparently Sean Lennon’s fear. How do I know? Because the deceased former Beatle’s youngest son said exactly that on his official Twitter page. Or rather that’s what he tweeted. Twittered? Twaddled? Forgive me—I’m too consumed with moral Beatle outrage to keep up with the terminology.

by David Abravanel

4 Mar 2010

Transient Songs
Cave Syndromes
(Indian Casino)
Releasing: 25 May

Seattle-based dream-rock maker John Frum (Transient Songs) is set to release the debut full-length, Cave Syndrome, on May 25. The track “In the Darkness Light Seeps Through” is available as a free teaser—see below for stream. With an earthy psychedelic sound reminiscent of Mercury Rev and Galaxie 500, expect Cave Syndrome to be something special.

01 In This Darkness Light Seeps Through
02 Smoking Slows the Healing
03 Greenwood Backyards
04 The Cancer in Our Bloodlines
05 Wide Open Skies
06 Sin Through the Summer
07 Golden Gardens (Lungs & Livers)
08 Astoria
09 A Burrow Patch
10 Cave Syndrome

In This Darkness Light Seeps Through [MP3]

//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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