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by Cynthia Fuchs

8 Feb 2011


New means of transmitting “news”, of making resistance and protest visible via Twitter, email, and cell phone footage—have been highlighted during the ongoing crisis in Egypt. And yet, if boundaries of identity and community are not in fact national or even state-secured or supported, then no one seems quite accountable for or even very careful about transgressing. Frontline: Digital Nation shows how advancing technologies not only bring faster and changed ways of processing, communicating, and conjuring ideas, but also produce gaps in experience and expectations.

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by Jessy Krupa

7 Feb 2011


Possibly more entertaining than anything the NFL can come up with, this year’s crop of commercials featured everything from a helpful beaver to Justin Bieber. Despite their variety, most of the spots fit into one out of a few categories. Here’s the best of the groups.

Movie Trailers

Most of these movies are months away from hitting theatres, but that didn’t stop filmmakers from seeking future moviegoers. Animated parrot flick Rio and Steven Spielberg’s Super 8 stood out amongst early looks at movies including Kung Fu Panda 2, Captain America,Rango, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Thor, Mars Needs Moms, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Fast Five, Battle: Los Angeles, and Limitless.

 

 

by Eric Allen Been

6 Feb 2011


James Murphy is apparently sticking to his plan to retire LCD Soundsystem as a touring band. Over the weekend, the dance-punk band announced on their website that they will be playing their “last show ever” on April 2, 2011, at New York City’s Madison Square Gardens.

According to the statement, “for just one more night, we will be playing with friends and family for nearly three hours-playing stuff we’ve never played before”. 

“If it’s a funeral, let’s have the best funeral ever!!!,” the message concludes. 

The seminal post-disco band Liquid Liquid is set to open the show and LCD Soundsystem requests all attendees wear white, black or black and white attire. Details for pre-sale tickets will be on lcdsoundsystem.com on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and general onsale tickets begin on Friday, Feb. 11. 

Here’s hoping LCD’s official video blogger Jay Green covers the festivity (check him out in all his glory in the accompanying clip).

by Jessy Krupa

4 Feb 2011


Album of the Year

Eminem’s Recovery vs. Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now, Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster, and Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.

The Academy loves albums whose songs mostly carry into one cohesive theme. Even though Arcade Fire’s concept album about adulthood is a critical darling, the trophy is going to Eminem. His triumphant return to both the top of the charts and top of critics’ lists will be unbeatable.

 

by Devin Mainville

4 Feb 2011


The Boxer Rebellion
The Cold Still
Releasing: 1 February (digital); 8 February (physical)

US fans of The Boxer Rebellion have two reasons to rejoice. First, The Boxer Rebellion will be making their US television premiere on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote their third album, The Cold Still. Which brings us to the second reason for celebration; to coincide with their late night appearance The Cold Still will be released in the US February 1st, a full week earlier than first planned.

The Cold Still is clearly a labor of love. The band’s third studio album is being released on their own record label, Absentee Recordings, with the help of iconic music producer, Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne). The Boxer Rebellion have created an indie following through loyal fans and word of mouth and with this personal masterpiece, they are set to take over the world.

SONG LIST
01 No Harm
02 Step Out of the Car
03 Locked in the Basement
04 Cause for Alarm
05 Caught by the Light
06 Organ Song
07 Memo
08 Both Sides Are Even
09 The Runner
10 Doubt

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