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by Ashley Cooper

1 Sep 2009

In a not-too-distant future, machines are powered by an invention called the Great Machine have turned on humans, causing turmoil within human society. As a result, the human population has dwindled, and the machines were shut down. However, as the world collapses, a scientist gives life to nine creations in an attempt to revitalize civilization. These creations have survived the end of the human world and are given the task of working together and taking advantage of their collective attributes in order to battle the leftover machines, one of which is a massive beast.

9 is an animated film, and features the voices of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly, Tom Kane and Alan Oppenheimer.

by Ashley Cooper

1 Sep 2009

The Blueprint 3
(Roc Nation)
Releasing: 11 September (US) / 14 September (UK)

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Despite his announcing a retirement from rap and hip hop, the superstar also known to his fans as Shawn Carter, Jay-Z has stepped back onto the scene with the upcoming release of The Blueprint 3, which follows the albums, The Blueprint (2001) and The Blueprint II (2002), both receiving warm reviews from critics all across the globe. The Blueprint 3 is set to receive similar accolade, with guest appearances from the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy, Kid Cudi and Rihanna. The first single, D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune), helped to create the massive buzz surrounding the album, and millions of Jay Z fans around the world will rejoice as this album prepares to captivate their ears and appetite for more of their favorite rap artist.

01 What We Talkin About (feat. Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun
02 Thank You
03 D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
04 Run This Town (feat. Rihanna and Kanye West)
05 Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
06 Real As It Gets (feat. Young Jeezy)
07 On to the Next One (feat. Swizz Beatz)
08 Off That (feat. Drake)
09 A Star is Born (feat. J. Cole)
10 Venus Vs. Mars
11 Already Home (feat. Kid Cudi)
12 Hate (feat. Kanye West)
13 Reminder
14 So Ambitious (feat. Pharrell)
15 Young Forever (feat. Mr Hudson)

by PopMatters Staff

31 Aug 2009

Releasing: 14 September (US)

01 Thin Ice
02 Hateful
03 On the Job
04 Take Me Baby (feat. Jimi Tenor)
05 Bremen Cowboy
06 Add This Song

by Tyler Gould

31 Aug 2009

What We All Come to Need
(Southern Lord)
Releasing: 27 October

Chicago instrumental metal outfit Pelican’s fourth full-length, What We All Come to Need is nigh upon us, recorded by Chris Common of These Arms Are Snakes, and featuring guest spots from Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) and Aaron Turner of Isis. The free-to-download track “Strung Up from the Sky” is a persistent, chugging number, stubborn in its course and rhythm, turning momentarily to take on new riffs and melodies but never wandering far.

01 Glimmer
02 The Creeper
03 Ephemeral
04 Specks of Light
05 Strung Up from the Sky
06 An Inch Above Sand
07 What We All Come to Need
08 Final Breath

“Strung Up from the Sky” [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

31 Aug 2009

Taken by Trees
East of Eden
(Rough Trade)
Releasing: 8 September (US)

Victoria Bergsman releases her second album as Taken by Trees. The globe-hopping Swede has worked with the Concretes and Peter Bjorn & John as she developed her exploratory sound. Bergsman wanted to do something very different on East of Eden and record outside modern Western studios, so she trekked to Pakistan to explore her love of Pakistani music and work with Sufi musicians.

01 To Lose Someone    
02 Anna  
03 Watch the Waves   
04 Greyest Love of All  
05 Tidens Gång  
06 Wapas Karna  
07 My Boys
08 Day by Day  
09 Bekännelse

Taken By Trees
“Watch the Waves” [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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