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by Henry Guyer

2 Jun 2010

Some mornings you wake up to great news that can carry you for the rest of the day until your landlord shows up and demands this month’s rent. Today just happened to be such a day. 

As of 10 a.m. EST, pre-sales of the forthcoming Arcade Fire tour have gone live through their website.  For those who have been able to listen to the new singles (available for a spin here and on their website), it sounds like another exceptional album.  The Suburbs’ title track permeates with dystopian melancholy, while ‘Month of May’ channels a powerful punk core and is infused with their recognizable sense of urgency. They kick-off their tour next week in Quebec before hitting the summer festival circuit in North America and Europe, with a few scattered shows with Spoon in between.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs cover art

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs cover art

Tour dates:

7-June Sherbrooke QC – Theater Granada
8-June Sherbrooke QC – Theater Granada
30-June Rättvik, Sweden – Dalhalla
2-July Tromøy, Norway – Hove Festival
4-July Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
9-July County Kildare, Ireland – Oxegen Festival
12-July Quebec, Canada – Quebec City Summer Festival
13-July Ottawa, Canada – Ottawa Bluesfest
31-July   Montreal, QC – Osheaga
1-Aug   Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavillion
2-Aug   Philadelphia, PA – Mann Centre for the Performing Arts (w/ Spoon)
4-Aug   New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (w/ Spoon)
6-Aug   Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/ Spoon)
8-Aug   Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
9-Aug   Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11-Aug   Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/ Spoon)
14-Aug   Toronto, ON – Olympic Island
27-Aug Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
27-Aug Reading, UK – Reading Festival
29-Aug Saint Cloud, France – Rock En Seine
2-Sept   Bologna, Italy – I-Day Festival

by Tom Fenwick

2 Jun 2010

The humble pixel, millions of which we see everyday and take for granted, finally gets it’s due in the form of a fascinating short documentary, by Australian animator and pixel artist, Simon Cottee.

Cottee film explores the pixel’s place in our culture, from it’s humble beginnings in videogames to the present day. Where collective nostalgia for the simplicity of things bygone, has found the pixel increasingly represented in contemporary mainstream art and animation. Going so far as to even spawn a musical sub-genre, in the form of the increasingly popular chiptune. 

Watch the documentary and check out Simon Cottee’s blog.

by Oliver Ho

2 Jun 2010

When Master Chief chills out, he like to go to a space bar, take off his helmet and SING! Then someone who looks sort of like Erin Grey from the old Buck Rogers show passes by, and then a Borg turns up, and a gigantic Yoda, and some redneck-looking dude… ouch, my head. [via Topless Robot]

by Alistair Dickinson

2 Jun 2010

When PopMatters first posted M.I.A.‘s video for “Born Free”, we noted that the clip—which featured a group of unfortunate red-headed persons being rounded up and executed by some sort of totalitarian Gestapo—may have been a sign that the Sri-Lankan/British artist was joining YouTube sensation CopperCap in the ongoing (and extremely grave and important) “gingers” debate.

What we didn’t expect was that everyone’s favorite, carrot-topped, internet hero would take issue with “Born Free”, given that it seems to echo CopperCab’s central thesis that “gingers” are a “race” that faces the same kind of discrimination as other persecuted minority groups around the world.

Nevertheless, his ire has been raised once more, and in a video entitled “M.I.A. is Evil!! And I’m Not Dead!!” CopperCab goes hard at the “Paper Planes” singer, as well as at the “haters” who have been spreading false reports of his demise.

by Tom Fenwick

1 Jun 2010

Hot from a studio in Jamaica, Major Lazer (AKA the multi-talented Diplo and Switch) have produced a new mixtape, in conjunction with La Roux. Released last weel, it brings La Roux’s blend of angular, ‘80s inspired electro and merges it with the sweat of Major Lazer’s dirty, dancehall rhythms.With contributions from Drake, Rusko and Gucci Mane to name just a few, it’s the sound of the summer. The best part? Mad Decent are giving it away for free and you can download it here.

1. Bulletproof (Nacey Remix ft. Matt Hemerlein)
2. Colourless Artibella
3. I\‘m Not Your Lemonade + Heroes ‘N‘ Villains Remix ft. Gucci Mane
4. Independent Kill ft. Candi Redd
5. Keep It Fascinating
6. Magic (Falling Soldiers Dub)
7. In 4 The Kill Pon De Skream
8. Houstatlantavegas Pains ft Drake
9. Tigerlily (DYWHAP Blend) ft. Rusko
10. Can\‘t Stop Now (Armor Love Remix)
11. Quicksand (Mad Decent 2010 Rerub) ft. Amanda Blank
12. Cover My Eyes (Costra Nostra Edit)
13. I Said It (Major Lazer Dubplate) ft. Opal
14. Hold Yuh (Double Dubplate) ft. Gyptian

//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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