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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”

by John Lindstedt

21 Apr 2010

After decades of special editions and CGI prequels, the good folks over at Star Wars: Uncut had a solution to all that. They uploaded the entire movie in 15-second clips, and any aspiring film maker could claim that clip and produce a lo-fi version of that scene. The site will then compile the clips and recreate the movie in it’s entirety. It should be kind of amazing. Check out the preview below.

by PopMatters Staff

21 Apr 2010

Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls and Jason Webley have teamed up for the high concept, vaudevillian project Evelyn Evelyn, touted as the “world’s first and only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo”. The music evokes another time and place, perhaps some warped cabaret or a children’s musical theatre in Weimar Germany. Webley has described the music as sounding “like something the Andrews Sisters might have recorded if they had grown up in the circus listening to new wave music.” I couldn’t have said it better.

On their new video for “Elephant Elephant”, which we proudly premiere today, that vaudeville circus element is omnipresent, channeled through a bit of Sound of Music-esque “Lonely Goatherd” style puppet theatre.

As an added bonus, check out the MP3 for the new tune “My Space” below.

Video by: Jason Webley / Produced by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley

Evelyn Evelyn
“My Space” [MP3]

//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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