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Full sets for Rene Hell/Wet Hair @ Java House 2-19-10

I forgot to post this, and Matt beat me to the punch posting video from the live show at the Java House Feb 19. RENE HELL [audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/2010-02-190-ReneHell-WetHair/2010-02-19-ReneHell.mp3] http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/2010-02-190-ReneHell-WetHair/2010-02-19-ReneHell.mp3 WET HAIR [audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/2010-02-190-ReneHell-WetHair/2010-02-19-WetHair.mp3] http://www.cornwarning.com/xfer/2010-02-190-ReneHell-WetHair/2010-02-19-WetHair.mp3 VIEW VIDEO OF RENE HELL VIEW VIDEO OF WET HAIR […]

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Album Review: Autechre "Oversteps"

There are few musicians whose music is as polarizing as Autechre. It would be one thing if they were resolutely in the experimental music camp. The avant-garde have their audience, who embrace abstraction and difficulty, and revel in sound only marginally less random than brownian motion. But Autechre occupies a strange middle ground between the […]

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"Copyright Criminals" Premieres Tomorrow Night on PBS

Produced by LV contributor Kembrew Mcleod and University of Iowa Associate Professor, and Benjamin Franzen, U of I graduate. Copyright Criminals explores the issue raised by the collision of Remix Culture with current laws. This will be shown at 8AM, 2PM and 7PM tomorrow, January 19th. **UPDATE: Iowa Public Television will air Copyright Criminals in […]

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Avatar — Savages not just Noble, but Neon

I checked this out last night, and as a cinematic entertainment I really enjoyed it.  As a movie it’s much, much better than “Titanic,” which was an immensely successful entertainment, but also mawkish, sentimental and plodding.  Avatar is a more rigorously plotted and realized piece of film making, and gets points for advancing the state […]

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Brittany Murphy's Lesser Known Movies

So, writing about a movie star when they die isn’t exactly my thing, but Brittany Murphy dying got to me. And I wouldn’t write about it at all except that through random trolling for movies with Melissa, I saw a few of her lesser known movies that were interesting. To wit: Sidewalks of New York […]

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Album Review: Joe McNertney | Colloquialisms

Joe McNertney Colloquialisms Mr. McNerty is one of Eric Rohm’s collaborators in The Noble Octopus, and like his label mate on the enigmatically named Pelletier Comes Alive! label, McNerty is not a shouter.  This CD is anchored in the acoustic folk songwriting tradition, but also contains generous helpings of sonic experimentation.  Some stuff he does […]

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Album Review: Noble Octopus | Noble Octopus

The Noble Octopus The Noble Octopus The Noble Octopus was started by Eric Rohn and friends at Grinnell College before moving to Iowa City. With the emphasis on clean guitar sounds and low-key vocals they recall the softer side of Yo La Tengo. The Steve Reich-esque looped guitar piece “Droplets and Isolations” immediately had me […]

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Album Review: Testifi | 2 the World

Testifyi 2 The World www.myspace.com/testifyi There’s a lot of recording artists now that give credit to God for their success, but their music has nothing to do with religious themes. Testifyi takes a different approach: There’s nothing but religious themes on “2 The World.” Testifyi has mastered the style of modern hip hop; if you […]

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