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by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010


Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra’s new album Kollaps Tradixionales is a stunner. Today we gave it a 9 with Richard Elliott saying: “More fractured beauty from the Montreal collective. Never let us forget Godspeed, but this is where the sound of Constellation is at now.”

by Jonas Jacobs

19 Feb 2010


The next piece has a thousand covers, but I’m only going to include the ones I find relevant personally. 

I was taken back to this song by a specific Nina Simone version from Sugar in My Bowl: The Very Best of Nina Simone 1967 - 1972. The lyrics of the song first appeared in a poetry book Cohen wrote in 1966. It appeared as “Suzanne takes you down.” There was also recently an LA Weekly cover piece called “Living Off the Grid” that spotlighted the actual Suzanne that Cohen wrote the poem for and what she is doing today.

Leonard Cohen is one of the many artists I was introduced to by my parents growing up. His songs always touched me deeply and below are some videos that I think help give a trajectory of how the song evolved. In this case, I have included multiple live version of Cohen singing “Suzanne,” so we can see how he has evolved as an artist and how crowds have evolved as crowds.

by John Lindstedt

19 Feb 2010


Since 2004, the Angry Video Game Nerd (James Rolfe) has been playing notoriously terrible video games so we don’t have to. Always sporting a New Jersey accent and a bottle of Rolling Rock, Rolfe tries to make his way through vintage games filled with typos, impossible levels, awful character designs, and Game Genie proof final bosses.

Rolfe, along with his independent production company Cinemassacre, became somewhat of an internet celebrity in 2004 after he uploaded a video of him complaining of the downfalls of Castlevanie II: Simon’s Quest. In his next video, he appeared on his screen as his “nerd” persona, and he’s covered dozens of games and platforms since. From the Turbo Graphics 16 to the Commodore 64, Rolfe meticulously rips apart games that are sometimes almost as old as him. He also has a great knack for pop culture history, providing great movie reviews and genre retrospectives.

This week Rolfe covers ‘SwordQuest’, an Atari-produced game series/contest from the early ‘80s that incorporated comic books and puzzles. Regardless if you’re interested in the subject matter, Rolfe somehow possesses the ability to make anything sound fascinating.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010


Shearwater’s eagerly awaited new album The Golden Archipelago releases next week via Matador. “Hidden Lakes” is the first video.

by Darren Ratner

18 Feb 2010


Released this week was the cover art for MGMT’s Congratulations, and I must agree: someone’s got a thing for Sonic the Hedgehog.

After listening to the band’s first album, Oracular Spectacular, it kind of makes sense. Every track came across as a teenaged identity crisis, where the cool kid who got all the girls could never shake the inner dork in love with his Sega Genesis.

Thankfully, the dork won out. Let’s hope for the same on this second effort.

The new title track live…

An interview with the band from QTV…

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