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by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010

The Innocence Mission
My Room in the Trees
(Badman Recording Co.)
Releasing: 13 July

The veteran dream pop band, who released their debut way back in 1989, offers up their eighth album this July.

01 Rain (Setting Out in the Leaf Boat)
02 The Happy Mondays”
03 God Is Love
04 Gentle the Rain at Home
05 Spring
06 All the Weather”
07 Rhode Island”
08 North American Field Song
09 Mile-Marker”
10 The Leaves Lift High”
11 I’d Follow If I Could”
12 The Melendys Go Abroad”
13 Shout for Joy”

by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010

Indie favorites the Antlers offer up their live take on the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here” as the latest entry in the AV Club Undercover series. The band picked the tune because Peter Silberman says it’s the first song he learned on guitar. It’s a pretty faithful version… the original is better by a long shot as Silberman’s voice struggles at times to match the vocal intensity of Pink Floyd’s take.

by PopMatters Staff

17 Jun 2010

With their first album in 20 years, proto new-wavers Devo are hitting the promo circuit hard and stopping by to play for the equally geeky Stephen Colbert is just too perfect.

by John Garratt

17 Jun 2010

Even though the Boo Radleys all went home some years ago and the name Brave Captain seems to be retired permanently, that doesn’t mean that Britpop stalwart Martin Carr hasn’t slowed down. Hot off the heels of his first proper “solo” album, Ye Gods and Little Fishes, Carr still regularly writes and records songs relegated to being online MP3s only. He’s no stranger to digital distribution—under his Brave Captain moniker, he released the entire album Distractions for free.

“Parliament of Owls” is his latest foray, seven minutes of psychedelics that doesn’t get too tie-dyed on you.

by John Lindstedt

16 Jun 2010

As we are flooded with images of the recent Gulf oil disaster, there are some who worry about the future of our planet and its wildlife, while others are concerned with who is to blame in this epic botch job.

Before anyone arrives to these concerns, however, they are reminded of one thing and one thing only—“Pipe Dreams”, the Saved By the Bell episode where Bayside strikes oil. When witnessing the sea of nameless crude-covered ducks we are reminded of Becky, Zack’s close friend and confidant (and duck) who met her untimely demise in the wake of the gang’s capitalistic interests. The episode was generically prescient and made The Onion AV Club‘s list of “amusingly misguided eco-friendly entertainments.” Anyways, someone made this great mash up of the ironically enjoyable episode with the slightly more renowned There Will Be Blood, and it’s awesome.

//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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