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by Jimmy Callaway

17 Feb 2011


Satire, as it exists today in the popular arts, is often held in higher regard than parody. Satire exists as a social mechanism; it should be funny, but it should also make one think. Parody, on the other hand, seeks only to poke fun, to take something well-known within a culture and, basically, goof on it.

In the world of film, for example, we have the genre parodies of the Zucker brothers—Airplane!, Top Secret!, The Naked Gun—and their heirs apparent, the Scary Movie franchise and its attendant spin-offs. The humor in these films is generally broad, and it calls upon the viewer’s knowledge of many specific cultural referents, which is something this writer likes to think of as the “humor of recognition”: the viewer catches the reference, says to him or herself, “Oh yeah, I know that song/movie/TV show,” and laughs accordingly. There is not much more to it than that, really, and so parody is often considered easier to achieve and thereby less fulfilling—the sloppier, lazier cousin of satire.

by J.C. Sciaccotta

17 Feb 2011


When El Guincho’s Pablo Díaz-Reixa invites us on a journey through the cosmos at the beginning of the delirious video for “Bombay” (from the 2010 release, Pop Negro), one might be led to believe an outer space adventure is in order. What comes next definitely isn’t what Carl Sagan had in mind. If you’re into “trips”, the surrealistic montage that ensues will surely be your kind of milkshake. A NSFW barrage of topless girls, furries, and guns—with a decidedly retro vibe—“Bombay” is an instant classic in the WTF department.

by Timothy Gabriele

16 Feb 2011


To be perfectly honest, “Ritmo Juarez” wasn’t one of the standouts of Matias Aguayo’s 2009 album Ay Ay Ay, but the stark neon-on-black video he’s produced is just too bizarre to be missed. As Aguayo’s acapella intonations crisscross themselves, he does so too, adorned in bright Cerrone-light dress complete with porno moustache to boot.

by John Bergstrom

16 Feb 2011


Here is the official video for OMD’s latest single, one of the two title tracks for last year’s History of Modern. It was directed by a Swedish team that won a band-sponsored contest. To these eyes, the win was well-deserved.

“History of Modern (Part I)” is released February 28. Like OMD’s previous single, it appears in remixed form. Apparently the band’s contract has a stipulation that all singles will be released in altered versions that include dated “club-friendly” elements. Oh, well. Still a good song.

by Allison Taich

16 Feb 2011


Baltimore’s the Bridge released their fifth studio album, National Bohemian, 1 February 2011 on Woodberry Records/Thirty Tigers. The album is an Americana stew of blues, rock, funk, soul and jam, seasoned with a dash of Cajun spice. National Bohemian is a spirited release that road trips across the U.S., trucking day and night through mountains of emotions and sunny pastures of optimism. Check out the video of “Rosie” off National Bohemian.

The Bridge is currently on tour supporting Tea Leaf Green, then Galactic, followed by a string of headlining U.S. dates.

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