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by PopMatters Staff

10 Apr 2012


Aesop Rock
Skelethon
(Rhymesayers)
Release date: 10 July 2012

Aesop Rock is returning on July 10th with his first solo album in five years and like all great hip-hoppers has a bevy of fine guests joining him on the new tunes, including Rob Sonic and Kimya Dawson among others. Promotion has already begun with a video EPK for the record as well as the first Soundcloud of a new song, “Zero Dark Thirty.” Full track list below the jump.

Listen to “Zero Dark Thirty” over at Soundcloud.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Apr 2012


Pulp have thankfully reunited for a big reunion tour that includes a high-profile Coachella performance. So, of course, they are making the late night rounds as well. Catch the Britpop band playing their classic “Common People”, one of the greatest songs of the ‘90s, as well as “Like a Friend”.

 

by Comfort Clinton

9 Apr 2012


Alabama Shakes are having their moment in the sun, one that looks to continue for a good long while, thankfully. Their tale begins in an Athens, Alabama high school when now-vocalist Brittany Howard approached Zac Cockrell, now bassist for the band. They discovered their common tastes, and the two started writing songs together, before long adding guitarist Heath Fogg and drummer Steve Johnson to their line up and forming Alabama Shakes. Having decided on a rock theme inspired by hints of roots rock, soul and country music, the group began playing showcases to great success and was soon signed by ATO Records. They released their first, self-titled EP in September 2011 and Alabama Shakes’ first full length LP, Boys & Girls will drop on April 10th, though the album has been available exclusively on iTunes since April 3rd.

by Comfort Clinton

9 Apr 2012


Thanks to Oscilloscope Laboratories, the legacy of dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem will live on. Known for singles like “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” and “All My Friends”, LCD Soundsystem gave their last performance as a group in February of 2011. They released three albums, LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver, and This Is Happening, which reached it to the Billboard Top 10. Filmmakers Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace document the band’s history in Shut Up and Play the Hits, which made its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and ran an encore presentation at the SXSW Festival.

It was announced last week that Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to the film and intends to screen it in limited nationwide engagements this upcoming summer. Produced by Lucas Ochoa and Thomas Benski of Pulse Pictures, Shut Up and Play the Hits charts LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy’s journey from the band’s explosive farewell performance at Madison Square Garden to the following morning. The band’s history is exceptional in that Murphy made the calculated choice to disband LCD Soundsystem when it was at its prime, ensuring that it would “go out on a high note”. This choice left fans clamoring for more—a desire that Shut Up and Play the Hits is sure to help fulfill.

Below, check out the official trailer for Shut Up and Play the Hits, coming to select theaters this summer, and relive the glory days.

by Elena Razlogova

9 Apr 2012


Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope) tells a story about shirking official responsibility. The first 10 minutes solemnly chronicle a papal election at the Vatican, complete with a long procession of chanting cardinals assembled for a Conclave and a pious crowd waiting in the St. Peter’s Square to welcome the new pope. Then signs of levity appear: cardinals fidget, try to peek at each other’s secret ballots, and silently pray to God to save them from being chosen. Respectful of faith, but skeptical about the pomp and ritual of the Catholic Church, the film lays out how the cardinals are constrained and also shaped by traditions. They can’t leave until the entire ceremony is completed, and out-of-town representatives are denied access to museums and donuts. Moretti plays a psychoanalyst who is invited to ease the pope’s anxiety, but they’re granted no privacy: the cardinals listen intently to every word of their sessions. This means the doctor can’t ask the required questions, not about the pope’s childhood, his mother, secret desires, or crises of faith. The film takes up the happy absurdity and political commentary that are familiar from other Moretti movies as the pope escapes to the streets of Rome, leaving the psychiatrist stuck with the Conclave. His search for a way out becomes the film’s major metaphor.

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