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by John Garratt

30 Jun 2011


Jazz-punk smartasses Gutbucket released Flock earlier this year, their fifth album after being together for 12 years. It’s very much a “this-is-what-we-do” statement after trying to justify their existence for so long. Be it saxophonist Ken Thomson’s jazz leanings, guitarist Ty Citerman’s hard rock distortion or the fact that the rhythm section of drummer Adam D. Gold and bassist Eric Rockwin are caught somewhere in the middle, Flock strangely doesn’t favor a particular style, composer or performer. This is democracy, in action.

The below video is a lighthearted look back at the band’s 12 year history and some live footage of these new songs. Titled include “Fuck You and Your Hipster Tie” and “Born Again Atheist Suite: Part Two – Sacrificial Vegan.”

by Sachyn Mital

29 Jun 2011


Eighteenth Street Lounge‘s Thievery Corporation has kindly provided PopMatters readers access to the title track from their new album Culture of Fear.

“Culture of Fear” by Thievery Corporation

by Sachyn Mital

28 Jun 2011


To promote his debut album, Together/Apart out on Rhymesayers, Seattle hip-hop artist Grieves (Benjamin Laub) and producer Budo made a lengthy trip out to NYC for an in store performance and to meet and greet his fans. His short set, from a Best Buy in Union Square, was streamed as part of the stores “Live at” series and is available below in case you missed it.

by Cynthia Fuchs

28 Jun 2011


Investigating the deaths of children, says medical examiner Dr. Jon Thogmartin, is especially difficult, given “the emotional content that comes with them.” And for this reason, investigators must be especially careful: “You have to objectify the kid and find out what happened to them.” As the new Frontline reveals, however, in at least 20 cases, the pursuit of truth has been derailed by the faulty work of medical examiners. Premiering tonight and also available online, The Child Cases returns to the investigation of medical examiners and forensic pathology initiated in Post Mortem, this time with particular focus on prosecutions in children’s deaths. As least 20 of these cases in the U.S. and Canada, where medical examiners don’t need to be licensed, are founded on evidence later found to be unreliable. Reporter A.C. Thompson investigates the case against Ernie Lopez, in Amarillo, Texas, convicted of raping and killing a six-month-old girl, based on a medical examiner’s flawed testimony. Thompson speaks with Patrick Barnes, the doctor whose diagnosis of “shaken baby syndrome” helped to convict nanny Louise Woodward in 1997. Now, he says, “There are number of medical conditions that can affect a baby’s brain… and look like child abuse,” when they are not.

by Cynthia Fuchs

28 Jun 2011


I was never one of those creative types who imagines themselves writers or artists,” says Andrei Yevgrafov, his bluetooth earpiece glowing. “And I remember when I was a little kid, my aunt had a dog and I would march around with the dog and pretend I was the Border Patrol.” Andrei sounds more perplexed than nostalgic. Over an old snapshot of his boy self with a toy gun, he sighs, “My relatives love telling that story.” It is a great story, considering that he’s now something of a raging capitalist, the wealthy owner of a Russian clothing store chain, Café Coton, specializing in French men’s shirts. “There isn’t any real competition here,” Andrei notes. His is one of five classmates’ stories in Robin Hessman’s terrific documentary, My Perestroika. Each recalls what it was like to be born into Soviet-era Communism, and now contemplates middle age in Russia’s new market economy. Through thoughtful and absorbing interviews, the film shows the perpetual disjunctions between official history and lived experiences.

Join a live chat with Hessman on 29 June at 2pm.

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