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by Daniel Tebo

8 Apr 2010


Hooray for Earth is a frighteningly innovative NYC band currently penciled in as THE hottest freshman act of the new decade. Their already acclaimed MOMO EP will see proper release via Dovecote Records on June 1st. Upon the EP’s release, the band will hit the road for a tour supporting current buzz kingpins Surfer Blood and Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In the meantime, they’ve dropped a video for leadoff single “Surrounded By Friends”. The video finds HFE frontman Noel Heroux taking a spin through a universe that bears a striking resemblance to that of Mario Kart…had Mario and Luigi shared a bottle of wine and a couple of Vicodin before hitting the road. Oh, and there’s Muppets too.

by PopMatters Staff

7 Apr 2010


Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” is a rocket chart single and debuted on iTunes yesterday. Here’s a live take on the tune recorded for ABC back in September of last year. This is one of the rare songs Lambert has recorded that she didn’t pen herself.

by Peta Jinnath Andersen

7 Apr 2010


Wondering if an iPad as e-reader is worth it? Don’t have a spare $500 to find out? Check out Steve Jobs’ preview of iBooks, the iPad reading app.

Of course, iBooks isn’t the only e-reader app for the iPad out there. Industry giant Amazon already has a Kindle app, and a lot of market share. And iBooks isn’t pre-loaded on Apple’s new doohickey, meaning users have to go to the app store—presenting a possibly major stumbling block in Apple’s e-book marketing plan.

by John Lindstedt

6 Apr 2010


Hopefully the title didn’t scare everyone away, because this is a lot more entertaining than it sounds.

In the past, the Milwaukee production company Red Letter Media gained some attention with ridiculously in depth video reviews of such films as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Avatar, and now it’s back with a take on Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

The reviewer talks in nasally, sarcastic, tone, but his disparaging hostility towards the movies he reviews never gets grating (especially if you agree with him.) Although most people have a general idea why the Star Wars prequel films were less than stellar, this reviewer breaks it down to a science while remaining entertaining through out.

He makes some interesting observations that are infinitely more insightful than the average internet flame war, like how since there’s no fish-out-of-water character the principles need to explain the plot to, the audience is often left in the dark. Check it out in parts if you don’t have time, it’s fascinating to anyone who is a Star Wars fan, or just good film making in general.

by John Bergstrom

6 Apr 2010


New Zealand’s Crowded House will be releasing their long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s Time on Earth in June. Titled Intriguer, this is really the band’s first proper post-reunion album, since Time On Earth began life as a Neil Finn solo album. Crowded House have reportedly signed a new record deal with Universal Music for all territories except the US. Expect a US release for Intriguer, though, as Crowded House will be touring North America later in the summer. Here’s the premier performance of first single “Saturday Sun” on New Zealand’s TV3.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Looks at the Scenic Vistas and Human Drama of 'Firewatch'

// Moving Pixels

"This week we consider the beautiful world that Campo Santo has built for us to explore and the way that the game explores human relationships through its protagonist's own explorations within that world.

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