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by Timothy Gabriele

25 Apr 2011

A transient video that’s abstract and fluid, centering around a mountain made of magick and infested with sperm or surrounded by tentacles that eventually turn into neon fish exoskeletons. Okay, it’s essentially a hi-tech screen saver, but it’s pretty to look at nonetheless. The computer animation is crisp and specific, even if it doesn’t show us anything relatable at a larger-than-cellular level. Without the images, the music would suffice- melancholy piano, ethereal wall-of-sound strings, and scatting sampled chanteuses are all the right ingredients.

by Josh Antonuccio

25 Apr 2011

Reuters is reporting that Apple has completed work on it’s online cloud service ahead of Google music. There has been long speculation about what Apple has been up to these past few years, after a flurry of activity which has included buying, building data farms, and engaging in closed door talks with Sony, EMI, UMG, and WMG. 

The implications of this can be massive, as Google is still spinning it’s wheels trying to get a similar deal worked out with the four majors and will not be able to provide a rival service on their Android device. To date, those talks have not produced a deal, and by many accounts, they are not going to have an agreement in the near future. 

An iTunes locker/sharing service between multiple Apple devices will be a major step forward for the development of “cloud-based” music, bringing them far ahead of Amazon own 5GB locker service and even closer towards the music lover’s fantasy of a celestial jukebox.

by Cynthia Fuchs

25 Apr 2011

On 20 April, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed in Libya.

Both were veteran and brilliant photojournalists: see Hetherington’s work here and Hondros’ here.

On 25 April, National Geographic Channel will re-air Restrepo, the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary that Hetherington co-directed with Sebastian Junger. See PopMattersreview.

Hetherington talks about the film and his photography in a recent PBS interview.

And Hondros discusses his ninth trip to Iraq, in a 2007 NPR interview.

Trailer for Restrepo:

by William Carl Ferleman

22 Apr 2011

Voxhaul Broadcast covered Smashing Pumpkins’ rarity, “With Every Light”, on Last Call With Carson Daly. The track appeared on the Pumpkins’ largely under-recognized concept album Machina/The Machines of God (2000). This cover is most unique, I think, mainly due to Voxhaul Broadcast’s decision to play it acoustically, though Corgan himself has performed it electrically and acoustically. On the record, however, one can barely hear any sort of guitar sound.

by Manya Brachear - Chicago Tribune (MCT)

22 Apr 2011

As Christians prepare to commemorate Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross and celebrate his resurrection, Lady Gaga fans are celebrating “Judas,” the artist’s newest song named for the man who betrayed Jesus.

The latest single off the album Born this Way, which talks about confronting one’s inner demons and hopelessly loving the wrong man, was supposed to come out five days before Easter. But leaks on the Internet forced an earlier release last Friday.

//Mixed media

The Horrors, the Horrors, or Get Your Halloween On

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"This bevy of B or Z horrors upclassed to Blu-ray will help you get scared the old-fashioned way.

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