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Friday, Apr 2, 2010

The New Pornographers
Together
(Matador)
Releasing: 4 May


In advance of their new album due in May, the New Pornographers have dropped a few pop chestnuts from Together for your listening pleasure. In the egalitarian spirit for which the indie collective is known, the leaked tracks include “Your Hands (Together)”, a head-bobbing multi-vocalist number, and “The Crash Years”, one of those Neko Case sing-alongs that make you wish she’d make a whole album of pop songs (it’s available for purchase at iTunes). If these two songs are any indication of the album as a whole, it sounds like the New Pornographers have picked up the pace and stepped up their game since 2007’s Challengers.


SONG LIST
01 Moves

02 The Crash Years

03 Your Hands (Together)

04 Silver Jenny Dollar

05 Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk

06 My Shepherd

07 If You Can’t See My Mirrors

08 Up in the Dark

09 Valkyrie in the Roller Disco

10 A Bite Out of My Bed

11 Daughters of Sorrow

12 We End Up Together


Your Hands (Together)
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Friday, Apr 2, 2010

Websites typically have a field day on April 1st, surprising unexpecting visitors with drastic revamps, sensational news stories, and fake company buy-outs.


Google, for instance, claimed they were changing their name to “Topeka” after the Kansas city decided to change their name to “Google.” ABC.com, on the other hand, unveiled a line of new shows like “Flasher Forward” and “Dancing With The Tsars.”


If you fell for any of these, you must be the office favorite this time of year.


The best of the bunch, however, had to be Funny Or Die, which appeared to be taken over by teen pop sensation Justin Bieber.


Visitors to the site were treated with a video greeting from everyone’s favorite moppet baby telling them he bought the site, now called “Bieber Or Die.”


The homepage was filled with Bieber-related videos, some of which were hybrids of familiar memes like Bieber After Dentist and OMG Bieber Vs. Chuck Norris Vs. Bear.


Say what you will about his musical style, but the titular tyke has a surprisingly knack for comic timing.


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Thursday, Apr 1, 2010

The Doors and Various Artists
When You’re Strange (Songs From The Motion Picture)
(Rhino)
Releasing: 6 April


Tom DiCillo’s new documentary about the Doors explores the band’s history and provides new insight on the impact the classic rock legends made on music. The documentary was narrated by Johnny Depp, who also provides audio for the film’s soundtrack (he reads a selection of Jim Morrison’s poetry). The album is now streaming over on Spinner and includes interviews and live performances by the band.


SONG LIST
01 Poem: Cinema - By Johnny Depp
02 Poem: The Spirit of Music - By Johnny Depp
03 Moonlight Drive
04 Poem: The Doors of Perception - By Johnny Depp
05 Break On Through [To The Other Side] [Live at The Isle
06 Poem: A Visitation Of Energy - By Johnny Depp
07 Light My Fire [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show] [Mono]
08 To Be a Real Superstar [Interview Segment] - By Jim
09 Five To One
10 Poem: Wasting the Dawn - By Johnny Depp
11 When The Music’s Over [Live on Danish TV] [Mono]
12 The Four Of Us Are Musicians / I’d Like Them To Listen
13 Hello, I Love You
14 Dead Serious [Interview Segment] - By Jim Morrison
15 People Are Strange
16 Poem: Inside the Dream - By Johnny Depp
17 Soul Kitchen
18 Poem: We Have Been Metamorphosized - By Johnny
19 Poem: Touch Scares - By Johnny Depp
20 Touch Me
21 Poem: Naked We Come - By Johnny Depp
22 Poem: O Great Creator of Being - By Johnny Depp
23 The End
24 Poem: The Girl of the Ghetto - By Johnny Depp
25 L A Woman
26 Poem: Crossroads - By Johnny Depp
27 Roadhouse Blues
28 Poem: Ensenada - By Johnny Depp
29 Riders on the Storm
30 Poem: As I Look Back - By Johnny Depp
31 The Crystal Ship
32 Poem: Goodbye America - By Johnny Depp


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Thursday, Apr 1, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Mos Def makes a “super” appearance on the hip children’s TV show Yo Gabba Gabba. Somehow this just doesn’t feel like that much of a stretch.


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Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010

According to UK tabloid The Sun, Lady GaGa is in the running to compose and perform the next James Bond theme. The as yet-unnamed film is due to hit theaters in 2011.


Whether the garish songstress makes the final cut remains to be seen, but if so, she’ll join an elite roster of past performers including Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Chris Cornell, Carly Simon, Tina Turner, Tom Jones and Lady GaGa’s personal heroine, Madonna.


Fans of the film series have long squabbled over which songs were the best and worst, with the Jack White/Alicia Keys duet “Another Way to Die” from the most recent Bond flick Quantum of Solace as divisive as any since Dr. No hit theaters in 1962. Given Lady GaGa’s notoriety, it’s not unreasonable to anticipate the next theme might spark even more debate.


Also tipped in the Sun article are schmaltzy crooner Michael Bublé and Amy Winehouse, who reportedly snorted her way out of the running for the last film.


Below is a handful of past Bond tunes from YouTube, as well as My Bloody Valentine’s cover of Louis Armstrong’s “We Have All the Time in the World”, from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. You be the judge on whether they were up to snuff, and whether Lady GaGa is ideally suited to follow in their footsteps.


 


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