CFP: The Legacy of Radiohead's 'The Bends' 20 Years On [Deadlines: 4 Feb / 19 Feb]

 
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Monday, Apr 26, 2010

If the 30 coolest people on the planet (30 because that is how many most likely remain) were to be ranked by awesomeness, innovation, and talent, PJ Harvey would have a strong showing in the top three. Because of this, Harvey can render whatever setting she finds herself situated in ineffably cooler, even when that setting involves an autoharp, “Istanbul” by the Four Lads (made famous by They Might Be Giants), the studio of a politics-focused BBC chat show, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Need evidence? Just watch this video of Harvey performing the new song, “Let England Shake” below.


In an interview appearing on the same show, Harvey tells host Andrew Marr that half of her new album was written on the autoharp. Hey you, all thumbs indie kid: get your fill of autoharping now, because pretty soon that instrument will be untouchable.


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Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010

The always affable Michael J. Fox stopped by Live With Regis and Kelly last week, and he sure did have an interesting story to tell. Never one to be shy about his condition, Fox told an anecdote about his Parkinson’s symptoms disappearing while vacationing in the Himalayas. Fox said that by the third day, he hadn’t had to take his meds as much, and even climbed a mountain. How this happened is simply a mystery. Magnetic poles, maybe? Perhaps I’ve been watching too much Lost. Fox appears to be having a great time, even engaging in some self deprecating humor about his condition by saying Live‘s swivel chairs are a “fun ride” for those with Parkinson’s.


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Monday, Apr 19, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Swedish pop it-girl singer Robyn has a new record dropping this June suggestively titled Bodytalk PT 1 and she just filmed a live version of “Fembot” from the record for Scandinavian TV show Skavlan


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Monday, Apr 19, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Modern psych rockers the Flaming Lips covered a classic tune from pysch rock vets Pink Floyd live on Fallon’s show this past week. The Lips put out a vinyl version of The Dark Side of the Moon especially for Record Store Day.


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Sunday, Apr 18, 2010

Back in my teen years, I would spend hours watching various talk shows in order to see my favorite boybands perform their new songs and talk about themselves. My all time favorite was the Backstreet Boys. I grew up with their posters on my bedroom walls, their self-titled album was the first CD I ever bought, and I became enraged when snobbish music critics bashed them. So this past Wednesday, I had an enjoyable flashback of those days when the Backstreet Boys appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show. The group was in fine form, cheerfully telling stories about their families and experiences on the road and performing the catchy single “Bigger”. Furthermore, Hunt is a great host. Unlike some of her daytime rivals, she seems genuinely interested and knows when the focus should be on her and when it should be on her guests. Let’s hope this kind of light yet endearing entertainment continues.



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