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by PopMatters Staff

8 Sep 2009


Built to Spill
There Is No Enemy
(Warner Bros.)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 Aisle 13
02 Hindsight
03 Nowhere Lullaby
04 Good Ol’ Boredom
05 Life’s a Dream
06 Oh Yeah
07 Pat
08 Done
09 Planting Seeds
10 Things Fall Apart
11 Tomorrow

by Ashley Cooper

8 Sep 2009


In an attempt to help out those in need due to the economic crisis, popular rapper Ludacris has given away 20 cars to people who wrote to him that their lack of an automobile was making it hard to keep their job. In some instances, winners spent up to four hours a day on public transportation, traveling to more than one job and school, all while trying to provide housing for their families.

Ludacris, born as Chris Bridges, said, “People are getting laid off, and are now looking for jobs. To be efficient, you need some transportation of your own to get there. That’s why I wanted to give back to those who need it.”

The rapper and actor, who can currently be seen in the film Gamer, partnered up with an suburban Atlanta car dealer to make the event happen, which was a part of a full weekend of events sponsored by the Ludacris Foundation, an organization he started in order to give back to the community. In order to be eligible to win, a contestant had to write a 300 word essay to the Ludacris Foundation, explaining why they were deserving of a vehicle. According to the rapper himself, about 4,000 people entered.

Each of the used cars was given to their new owners with free gas for 30 days. The winners were responsible for tags, registration, tax and insurance on the vehicles. All winners felt that having the automobile would ease their struggles and in turn, make their lives a little easier.

by Katharine Wray

8 Sep 2009


Quirk Books follows up the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winston, releasing September 15. Hopefully the book won’‘t suffer from the sequel curse.

by Jesse Steele

8 Sep 2009


Formed in 2006, Australian indie rockers the Temper Trap have had moderate success both in their homeland and in Europe, but they have not yet been able to reach American audiences.

Enter (500) Days of Summer, this summer’s smart, hipster-friendly anti-romance.

Tossed into the shark infested waters of an already killer soundtrack loaded with artists like the Smiths, She and Him, and fellow Aussies Wolfmother, the Temper Trap’s single, “Sweet Disposition” still manages to shine, appearing twice in the film. A U2-style guitar riff, a truly eerie vocal from lead singer Dougy, and a reverb heavy mix come together to form an indie-pop dream Coldplay only wishes they could write. “Sweet Disposition” will be the first single from the band’s upcoming album, Conditions which is to be released in the U.S. on October 13th.

by Katharine Wray

8 Sep 2009


Wild Beasts sound like tree nymph monks. Their sunny new video for the single “All the King’s Men” displays a curiously catchy song with chanting. Worth a gander.

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