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by John Lindstedt

26 Jan 2010


For those of us who can’t make it to Utah this year, don’t feel bad: you can still experience a lot of the action on the Sundance Channel’s website. On top of red carpet photos, critical buzz, and high society party reports, 31 Days of Sundance streams some interesting behind-the-scenes video about the upcoming indies / possible future sleeper hits.

Among the films featured is The Freebie, a low budget dramedy about a seemingly content couple who, despite their superficial chemistry, are having little sex behind closed doors. To mix up their sex life, the two decide to grant each other a “freebie”, or a no strings-attached one night stand with another partner (shades of Curb Your Enthusiasm). The film is written, directed, and starring newcomer Katie Aselton (The Office, The League), who in this interview is joined by her costar, a increasingly mature Dax Shephard.

Aselton recounts how when she complained no one was calling her for work, her husband and League co-star Mark Duplass (referred to here as the “king of the do-it-yourself film movement”) just told her to stop complaining and make a movie. After coming up with an idea (an important part of the process), Aselton did just that, using her modest budget to film bedroom scenes with Shephard in her own home, with her husband present. All in all, it sounds pretty decent. If it doesn’t get picked up by a studio, I’m pretty sure I’ll catch it on Netflix’s instant stream queue in the near future.

by Sachyn Mital

26 Jan 2010


Back in December, there were reports that Eddie Vedder proposed to his girlfriend in D.C. He was in the nations capitol on December 2009 to pay his respects to the Boss as part of the Kennedy Center Honors Bruce Springsteen Tribute Performance where Vedder performed “My City of Ruins” from the 2002 album The Rising. Vedder starts solo on his guitar but is shortly joined by the soulful harmonies of a gospel choir. Even as he sees his city in ruins he stands undeterred by the sight and prays for the strength to rebuild aided by the congregation’s voice which stretches higher.

Springsteen formed his version in response to the events of September 11th, but one can’t avoid noticing hints of other recent tragedies in it’s context as the evocative song tinges with dark echoes of New Orleans after Katrina in 2005 and the anguish of Port Au Prince now. There is a lot of emotion in these words so give it a listen; it will be worth spending your dollar to support Haiti relief efforts. Buy this song now from the Pearl Jam store (MP3) or on iTunes. “Proceeds from the sale of the track benefit Artists for Peace and Justice Haiti Relief.”

Eddie Vedder Haiti Relief Single

by Conrad Hughes

26 Jan 2010


A new edition of the forthcoming Final Fantasy XIII has been detailed in a press release from Square Enix. It’s going to cost £59.99 and will contain a soundtrack CD by Masashi Hamauzu, a hardcover art book and weirdly, a fake tattoo transfer of the game’s logo.

It’s a bit of a shame that the music isn’t series staple Nobuo Uematsu this time round—the Final Fantasy piano collections by him are excellent. Hopefully, we can expect a similar level of quality from the CD this time. Take a listen to the battle theme and tell us what you think. Is it worth the extra £20?

by PopMatters Staff

25 Jan 2010


Last week, Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffeythe released their covers record Turn On under the Hot Rats moniker. Then they dropped by the Ferguson stage to scorch their way through Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up”.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Jan 2010


Baltimore’s Beach House unleash their third album and Sub Pop debut this week. The band trekked to upstate New York to lay down the tracks in an old converted church, which does wonders for the acoustics on the album. Teen Dream is coming packaged with a DVD featuring videos for each of the record’s 10 songs produced by 10 different directors. Meanwhile, the band has hit the late show circuit to promote Teen Dream as we see with this clip from Fallon.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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