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Thursday, Jan 28, 2010
Samberg and the Lonely Island are appropriately skewered in Landline TV's "Landline Digital Short."

When Saturday Night Live‘s Andy Samberg’s digital short “Lazy Sunday” hit the airwaves in 2005, it quickly became a huge viral sensation, spawning both imitators and countless more Samberg productions. The trend probably reached it’s apex this summer with Incredibad, the debut album of Samberg’s group the Lonely Island.


If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard the album’s breakout track, “I’m on a Boat”, so many times it’s not even funny anymore, if it ever was. Like a majority of things on SNL, the digital shorts became more formulaic and repetitive with each outing.


No one has expressed this sentiment better than the New York-based production company, Landline TV. Landline‘s short film “Landline Digitial Short” skewers Samberg, his pals, and his process. It’s a pretty dead on parody, and definitely worth checking out.



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Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010
Lost fans still have a couple "Faradays" between them and the premiere of the show's final season, but there's no shortage of web goodies to appease those who can't help but froth at the mouth in anticipation.

Lost fans still have a couple “Faradays” between them and the premiere of the show’s final season, but there’s no shortage of web goodies to appease those who can’t help but froth at the mouth in anticipation.


First and foremost is the web series Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative, a cleverly crafted faux doc filtered through a nostalgic 80’s motif in the vein of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Within the Lost universe, the series had a short run in 1982 on ABC, and it sheds light on the enigmatic Dharma Initiative that figure prominently in the story’s overall mythology. Released in a five parts over the course of last year, what could have been a disposable bonus feature is both satisfying and more than a little creepy.



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Thursday, Jan 21, 2010

The Avett Brothers had a banner year in 2009, with their latest release, the Rick Rubin-produced I and Love and You, placing high on many year-end top music lists, including here at PopMatters. It was their major label debut and showed a great deal of musical growth as the band embraced the piano to build out and enlarge their sound. This Saturday (23 January) they take the stage in Austin with the garage rockers Heartless Bastards. 



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Thursday, Dec 10, 2009
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Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009
A wonderfully produced documentary on the most important recorded legacy of popular music.

Perhaps no band has had a greater impact upon the history of recorded music than the Beatles. The studio wizard George Martin claims that he liked the energy the young four musicians had when he began recording them in 1962 but he never imagined that they had musical ability or the creativity to sustain a long career. His opinion, needless to say, shifted radically over the course of their working relationship. Together, the Beatles and George Martin would produce one of the greatest collections of studio recordings of popular music.


The Beatles on Record, a new documentary on the History Channel, tracks the Fab Four through their recordings. The film is a marvel of editing. It includes filmed footage, enlivens still photographs by giving them a virtual three-dimensional feel, and uses only the voices of the Beatles themselves along with their producer and studio collaborator George Martin as narrators. Obviously the producers of this documentary lavished considerable attention to culling from the various recorded interviews with John, Paul, Ringo, George, and George to find pertinent commentary on each of the record releases. Bob Smeaton, the man behind the Beatles Anthology series, is at the helm here and his attention to detail and his stylish use of archival material creates a truly admirable piece of work.


Those who know something about the recording history of the group may not learn a lot of new information here but the presentation makes for enjoyable viewing nonetheless. Besides, who could ask for better music?



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