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Friday, May 13, 2011

One half of the Digital Cowboys, Alex Shaw, took recent aim on his show at geek on geek snobbery. In a brief screed against what he perceives as divisions within the geek subculture, Shaw (with his usual passionate but still thoughtfully measured approach) considers the hypocrisy of how folks who feel alienated themselves sometimes all too easily judge others that feel the same sting of ostracism.


For those unfamiliar with the Cowboys, Alex Shaw and Tony Atkins produce a weekly podcast on video games that also sometimes touches on other aspects of geek-related culture.


If Shaw’s rant piques your interest, you can find more of he and co-host Atkins’s musings on video games and video game culture at The Digital Cowboys web site. They are well worth a listen.  Digging in with episodes like their one on death in video games or one on sex in video games would be a good place to start and should give a pretty good idea of what they are all about.  In my estimation, they present some smart, engaging stuff.



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Friday, May 13, 2011

Both the concept album and musicals are fodder for write-offs and ridicule, but developments this year have returned some credibility to these forums of expression. Once seen as an indulgence of prog rockers and something only tourists and old people could ever really love, respectively, 2011 has seen PJ Harvey turn the concept album into something very deep with Let England Shake, while South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have revived the musical and made it into something for everyone (excepting the easily offended) to love with The Book of Mormon.


Now, the Indelicates—the UK’s great unsung indie-pop subverters—have taken on both the concept album and the musical with their third album, to be released next week. In true Indelicates fashion, the concept they’ve chose is a heady one; they have made a concept album/musical on David Koresh, he of the 1993 Waco Siege, and have entitled it David Koresh Superstar. And if preview track, “Something’s Goin’ Down in Waco” is anything to go by, it’s going to be a mind-blower. While disembodied voices and unusual subject matter set to a beguiling cabaret rhythm may not be the ingredients for the perfect chart-topper, The Indelicates could just win over a few idiosyncratic hearts with their singular—and pretty catchy—vision.


[Listen to “Something’s Goin’ Down in Waco”]


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Monday, May 9, 2011

No idea why 22-year-old Essex producer Laplux named this track after Playboy model and former Britain’s Got Talent host Kelly Brook, nor should I bother trying to figure out why the official video is edited together from Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny, but his music seems to lie between hypnagogic evocations of soul and R&B and the Brainfeeder brand of choppy wonky hip-hop. Lapalux’s album Many Faces Out of Focus from Pictures Music has sold out of its (seriously) 50 cassette run, but it is available to download at various outlets online.


  Kelly Brook by Lapalux


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Friday, Apr 29, 2011

Dizraeli’s new track (with his band, the Small Gods), takes a breather from his usual frenetic political diatribes, slowing down his trademark spit-fire delivery in favour of a more meditative approach. Opening with a flush of baroque strings, “Million Miles” explores a moody soundscape of nocturnal paranoia and fever-dreamed eroticism. Over a rhythm built equally of hip-hop sampling and jazz riffing, Dizraeli levels rhymes of sex and death amidst a haunted wash of ghostly vocals floating in the musical ether above the groove. It’s a new direction for the artist who opted for slams and jams on his previous outing, Engurland (City Shanties), injecting his arty, rough-hewn brand of hip-hop with a coarser blend of live instrumentation. It’s like an emotional apocalypse of sound and poetry.


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Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

Death Cab for Cutie
Codes and Keys
(Atlantic)
Releasing: 31 May


Death Cab for Cutie have just put out a stream of a new tune from their upcoming album. The boys also have a bunch of international shows upcoming with Frightened Rabbit, listed after the jump.


SONG LIST
01 Home Is a Fire
02 Codes and Keys
03 Some Boys
04 Doors Unlocked and Open
05 You Are a Tourist
06 Unobstructed Views
07 Monday Morning
08 Portable Television
09 Underneath the Sycamore
10 St. Peter’s Cathedral
11 Stay Young, Go Dancing


Death Cab for Cutie - Some Boys by ATL REC.


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