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by Jennifer Cooke

22 Apr 2010

This video clip is a nice little glimpse of one of the greatest voices in pop music, at home, with a piano, and no bells or whistles. Sometimes I forget that when you’re as good as Tracey Thorn, that’s really all you need. “Oh, the Divorces!” is the first single from Thorn’s upcoming album, Love and Its Opposite, due May 18th on Strange Feeling Records.

by Benjamin Aspray

22 Apr 2010

Kids have been going bananas over Sunn 0))) for a few years now, when they’re not getting all worked up over the new High on Fire album or continuing to suck in bong-loads of Electric Wizard. Far be it from me to discourage such noble apotheosis, but considering how much this style of slow, sludgy heavy metal is indebted to the past, I’d say a little history is in order. Before forming Sunn 0))) (and starting Southern Lord Records), Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley were part of Burning Witch, which only survived for two 12” releases over a handful of years in the late ‘90s. In that brief period, they played an intestine-bursting performance on the now-defunct Seattle public-access show, 29 Live. Everything about this video is FTW: the searing feedback, the unapologetic thrash fashion, the low end somehow remaining brawny through the tinny VHS recording, and above all else, the agonized shrieking of vocalist Edgy 59 (who now spends his time imitating Trent Reznor for Sinisstar). Doom metal would get slower, heavier, and more sophisticated in coming years, but never would Sabbath riffs be as punishing or raw.

by John Lindstedt

22 Apr 2010

One of our founding fathers just got an extreme home makeover. Here’s a surprisingly showy video from the Federal reserve showcasing the new hundred dollar bill (aka “The Benjamin”), which features a “3D security ribbon” and a color changing ink well. That’s cool, right? Presumably so. Being the most frequently counter fitted note, extra security measures were needed, as well as literal bells and proverbial whistles (the Liberty Bell changes from copper to green when tilted). Circulation is set to begin in 2011.

by PopMatters Staff

21 Apr 2010

John Prine
In Person & On Stage
(Oh Boy)
Releasing: 25 May

Legendary folk singer, John Prine, releases a live recording this May featuring live takes from the past few years and highlights classic songs in his long catalogue ranging back to 1971.

01 Spanish Pipedream
02 She Is My Everything
03 In Spite of Ourselves (featuring Iris DeMent)
04 Long Monday
05 The Late John Garfield Blues (featuring Sara Watkins)
06 The Bottomless Lake
07 Bear Creek Blues
08 Saddle in the Rain
09 Angel From Montgomery (featuring Emmylou Harris)
10 Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore
11 Mexican Home (featuring Josh Ritter)
12 Unwed Fathers (featuring Iris DeMent)
13 Glory of True Love
14 Paradise (featuring Kane Welch Kaplin)

John Prine
“Long Monday” [MP3]

by Alex Suskind

21 Apr 2010

In honor of the late Gang Starr emcee, who passed this week after a lengthy cancer battle, we have collected clips of some of his greatest rhymes.

“I come with mad love and plus the illest warlike tactics
The wilderness is filled with this; so many people
searching for false lift, I’m here with the skills you’ve missed
The rejected stone is now the cornerstone
Sort of like the master builder when I make my way home
You know my steez…”
—Gang Starr “You Know My Steez”

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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