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by PopMatters Staff

28 Mar 2011


Brooklyn’s Country Mice are made up of a band of Midwest transplants who come by their “country” sensibility naturally; frontman Jason Rueger is from a teeny town on the Kansas map called Beattie. Instead of heading to Nashvegas in search of country stardom, Rueger set his sights on Brooklyn and teamed with fellow Midwesterners Ben Bullington (guitar) and Kurt Kuehn (drums) to form a group as rooted in classic rock as it is in the Twang. Country Mice will release their debut, Twister, on 7 June, an album that should be a new favorite of the Wilco-loving masses.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Mar 2011


Radiohead actually released their latest, much-lauded new album, The King of Limbs to the masses digitally back in February via their own website, but this week brings the physical product—yes, that still exists. That must still mean something because “The King of Limbs” is sitting pretty at #2 in Amazon presales ahead of the new Britney Spears album and, this from a record where the music has already been widely available for a month. Our two reviewers loved the album as you can see from the quotes below. We’ll have this stream available until Friday… enjoy.

by Karen Zarker

25 Mar 2011


Weird Al Yankovic dons a lab coat and gives us a lesson in the history of Auto-Tune. Like the carbon-based creatures that we are, Auto-Tune has its roots in primordial ooze.

That’s deep.

So forget all the snark you’ve heard about the software. You’ll relearn to respect your elders at the smarting end of Yankovic’s ruler, from Auto-tuned Winston Churchill to that oldy moldy Auto-Tunes over-user, T-Pain.

by Matt Mazur

24 Mar 2011


The Museum of Modern Art salutes master of Soviet cinema Dziga Vertov (1896-1954), whose still-radical experiments in image and sound have had an enduring influence on an astonishing range of contemporary filmmakers and artists. With the most comprehensive retrospective ever assembled in the United States, April 15 through June 4, the exhibition offers a deeper understanding of Vertov’s landmark contributions to the history of cinema through an extensive selection of silent films, sound features, and related work by collaborators and rivals in what Vertov called his “factory of facts”.

Dziga Vertov is organized by Yuri Tsivian, William Colvin Professor, the University of Chicago, and Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film, the Museum of Modern Art, in close collaboration with the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and is made possible by the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

24 Mar 2011


Darren Solomon spends his days writing music for commercials, TV and movies at Big Foote Music + Sound, working with many top session musicians in New York City. Another outlet is his cool electro pop band, Science for Girls, which incorporates a handful of singer/songwriters from the area. Lately, he has also created an online collaboration for anyone anywhere to join in composing a musical piece. InBFlat.net is a collection of 20 YouTube videos by professional musicians as well as everyday enthusiasts, using a wide array of instruments. Solomon set the parameters based on a 1960s minimalist composition called “In C” by Terry Riley. Here, each video is under two minutes long and in the brass-friendly key of B flat. The webpage features performance by musicians all over the globe playing traditional trumpet, clarinet and guitar along with non-traditional pairings such as harmonium and synthesizers, even a Nintendo DS. The human voice is also part of the plan, both the spoken word and sung vocals. By choosing a few or all 20, a visitor can create their own piece of music as well as controlling the mix by adjusting the volume of each video. 

In a recent interview with NPR, Solomon explains that the idea came after learning how YouTube allows 20 videos to play simultaneously. To bring people together online who normally wouldn’t be in the same room had its appeal as well. He calls it his digital Web 2.0 tribute to Riley, yet this project is another example of how the internet has further expanded the simple notion of collaboration.

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