Days of Summer


By Bill Chenevert

Monday, June 30: Beatmaker Andrew Butler's disco dance collective Hercules and Love Affair have been on heavy rotation on our iPods for months (read Popnography's review here). The first single, "Blind", featuring Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons), has already been remixed by DJs smart enough to see the huge dance-floor potential in every Hercules track. The video for the next single, "You Belong", with the gorgeous and talented Nomi on vocals, is sheer camp, full of voguing and funky fashion. If you haven't already, snatch up the album here or risk being out of touch. Also, rediscover your favorite post-rock Icelandic innovators, Sigur R's, whose new album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust, boasts a more upbeat yet still lovely set of ethereal gems. Check out their skin-filled joyful romp through nature in the fanastic video for first single "Gobbledigook" -- you can download and watch it here.

Tuesday, July 1: Matthew Weiner wrote the Mad Men pilot in 2000, then put it aside to work on The Sopranos. Now it's a bona fide brilliant new AMC series that has snatched two Golden Globes, including Best Television Series ' Drama (and landed out gay actor Bryan Batt on Out's cover). Get the first season on DVD today and enjoy hours of flawlessly portrayed gender conflict set in a New York City advertising agency in the early '60s. Some key clips: gay tension among coworkers here, lonely housewife Betty finding joy in a dryer here, and an early-morning quickie here. Order the DVD here. Read Batt's tease about season two at Popnography.