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  • Matmos turn "I Want Candy" into a song for Edward Snowden

    Matmos covers Bow Wow Wow Yes, you read that right. Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt of Matmos took the Bo-Diddley-Beat-jacking song about summer fun by Bow Wow Wow and reworked the lyrics into an homage to the famed NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who, as of this writing, is reportedly taking his asylum plea to hunky  Russian leader Vladimir Putin.  So instead of "He's got everything that I desire/Sets the summer sun on fire/I want candy/ I want candy" you get "He's got the meta-data they desire/ Sets the NSA on fire/ I want Snowden/ I want Snowden," and what have you. With Horse Lords members Owen Gardner and Sam Haberman providing  guitar and drums, this is a pretty straightforward and, we might add, pretty hilarious reinterpretation -- at least until the four tack on a spacey instrumental at the end, which is not necessarily faithful to the original but is still great. As Daniel explains to the A.V. Club interviewer, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, the song is topical and manages to appeal to the band's "liberal base." More importantly, Daniel thinks Snowden is hot, and not in the rise-in-notoriety sense. In the final seconds of the video, the interviewer asks Daniel for clarification: "But you still want to have sex with Edward Snowden, just to be clear." Without even thinking about it, he responds, "Absolutely."

    The City That Cuts and Pastes has a charming culture of anagramartisans, who have converted BELIEVE bumper stickers to read BE EVIL, and EAT BERTHA'S MUSSELS to EAT BERTRAND'S RUSSELL. In the interest of restoring integrity to the Baltanagram, we offer...

    Tanya-Tanya in an adaptation at Towson Studio Theater, Dec. 4 to 12

    Olga Mukhina, whose play Tanya Tanya runs at Towson University Dec. 4-12, isn't your average Russian playwright. That is in part because, at least until the early 1990s, there were relatively few practicing Russian playwrights to begin with in a theater...

    Geopolitical events lead to cancellation of Russian theater festival

    Things in Russia have changed so much during the five years Yury Urnov has spent in Baltimore that he jokes it feels more like 350 years. When he first arrived in 2009, he worked with the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD) to host the New...

    Center Stage makes most of Durang's Chekhov-obssesed play

    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang Directed by Eric Rosen Through May 25 At Center Stage Anton Chekhov thought of his plays as comedies, while Konstantin Stanislavsky, his director at the Moscow Art Theatre, thought of them as...