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by PopMatters Staff

27 Apr 2011


A subtitled version of the new Sveriges Television documentary on Swedish popster Robyn has hit YouTube. The entire one-hour program is available in four parts online now. If you press the little “CC” button on the video embed, you will get the subtitles.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Apr 2011


Eclectic British songwriter Kate Bush has a new album releasing 16 May called Director’s Cut and she has just released the first video from the upcoming project. This is not strictly speaking new material as these tunes are reinterpretations of previous songs from The Sensual World and Red Shoes. Brit actor Robbie Coltrane also stars in the video.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Apr 2011


We have some very sad news out of the UK to report this morning. Former X-Ray Spex frontwoman and punk pioneer Poly Styrene (Marianne Elliott-Said) has passed away at the age of 53 after a bout with cancer. This comes just one day before the US release of her thrilling new album, Generation Indigo, which proved she’d never lost a step or a beat during her storied musical career.

Yesterday, Maria Schurr wrote of Generation Indigo: “With Poly Styrene’s first solo album since 2004’s Flower Aeroplane, she has taken the Spex blueprint and modified it to perfectly fit the foibles of today’s generation, the end result sounding a bit like M.I.A. minus the sometimes petty forays into provocation.  In short, Styrene has reinvented herself as an elder perfectly attuned to and capable of commenting on youth culture.”

She always was the incisive cultural chronicler and commentator from the very beginning. X-Ray Spex’s 1978 album Germ Free Adolescents was an iconic punk release, anticipating and influencing greatly the future riot girl movement as well as being one of punk’s and late ‘70s Britain’s most important records. Poly Styrene’s music was always smart and fun in equal doses, making listeners think about gender politics, while shaking their booty and enjoying her marvelous wit. One of the great women of popular music has passed and will be greatly missed.

by Timothy Gabriele

25 Apr 2011


New Age Outlaw Dylan Ettinger has a new 7” single out on “it” label Not Not Fun (which is spotlighted in the cover story from this month’s issue of The Wire). His lurching, dark synth piece has that faint hint of anamorphic blues that lingered in the backdrop of the LA Vampires and Zola Jesus collaboration. The visuals, on the other hand, are vapor trails and closeups that’d make Carl Dreyer salivate, HD and clear-focused, without a hint of nostalgia.

by Timothy Gabriele

25 Apr 2011


A transient video that’s abstract and fluid, centering around a mountain made of magick and infested with sperm or surrounded by tentacles that eventually turn into neon fish exoskeletons. Okay, it’s essentially a hi-tech screen saver, but it’s pretty to look at nonetheless. The computer animation is crisp and specific, even if it doesn’t show us anything relatable at a larger-than-cellular level. Without the images, the music would suffice- melancholy piano, ethereal wall-of-sound strings, and scatting sampled chanteuses are all the right ingredients.

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