CFP: The Legacy of Radiohead's 'The Bends' 20 Years On [Deadlines: 4 Feb / 19 Feb]

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for February 2015
By Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
Get a sneak peek of some of February's most intriguing releases, including albums by Father John Misty, José Gonzaléz, and Dan Deacon. [30.Jan.15]
Legacy v. Statement: Talking with Goon Creator Eric Powell
Today the Iconographies proudly presents the magic of Eric Powell’s the Goon as it draws to a close. Maybe. [30.Jan.15]
Perilous Discoveries: The Feminist Murder-Mysteries of Charlotte Armstrong
Armstrong's women opened the same forbidden doors as Agatha Christie and Patricia Wentworth's, but her characters also opened those doors for other, more pressing, reasons. [30.Jan.15]
Counterbalance: Eric Dolphys Out to Lunch!
The most accessible avant-garde album ever, or the most avant-garde mainstream jazz album ever? From 1964, something sweet, something tender is this week’s Counterbalance -- straight up and down. [30.Jan.15]
Metaphor in a Time of Ebola
The more closely I followed the Ebola coverage, the more the simulacra of contagion in fiction, film, and games seemed inextricably woven into the mainstream media. [29.Jan.15]
Today's Articles
30.Jan.15
Jessica Pratt: On Your Own Love Again
Grief, upheaval, and a creative exile serve as the backdrop for the latest from rising California singer-songwriter.
Jim White vs. the Packway Handle Band: Take It Like a Man
Following the conceit of the “versus” listed in the artists’ category (“Jim White vs. Packway Handle Band”) title, on Take It Like a Man, White and the band alternately offer songs with just one co-written between them.
Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for February 2015
Get a sneak peek of some of February's most intriguing releases, including albums by Father John Misty, José Gonzaléz, and Dan Deacon.
Karen O: Crush Songs
Not only are these songs about crushes, they feel just like one: emotionally intense, completely beautiful, and above all, fleeting.
Counterbalance: Eric Dolphys Out to Lunch!
The most accessible avant-garde album ever, or the most avant-garde mainstream jazz album ever? From 1964, something sweet, something tender is this week’s Counterbalance -- straight up and down.
Nico & Vinz: Black Star Elephant
Black Star Elephant proves to be a pleasant, uplifting album, though by no means earth shattering.
KNTRLR - Halogen (audio) (Premiere)
With minor key synth arpeggios and a totally danceable mood, KNTRLR's "Halogen" is the second track from the electronic duo's debut record, The Great Filter.
Wasted Wine - Fall Upon Me (video) (Premiere)
The darkly romantic cabaret of Wasted Wine's "Fall Upon Me" is perfectly captured in its music video, an opaque depiction of deception and intrigue.
'Project Almanac' Can't Time Travel Away From Formula
With underdeveloped female characters and an emotional generic backstory, Project Almanac is trapped too much in formula for the youthful energy of its cast to rise to the fore.
'Black or White' Doesn't Explore Gray Areas
In reducing the complexity of its characters, Black or White boils down complex racial dynamics to worn-out tropes, like the "well-meaning white guy".
These Protestant Communities Understood Persecution Firsthand, and the Nazi Agenda Horrified Them
The remote mountain villages of le Chambon and the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon were Protestant havens that opened their homes to shelter countless Jewish children during WWII.
Perilous Discoveries: The Feminist Murder-Mysteries of Charlotte Armstrong
Armstrong's women opened the same forbidden doors as Agatha Christie and Patricia Wentworth's, but her characters also opened those doors for other, more pressing, reasons.
Legacy v. Statement: Talking with Goon Creator Eric Powell
Today the Iconographies proudly presents the magic of Eric Powell’s the Goon as it draws to a close. Maybe.
'Kroll Show: Seasons One and Two' Feels Like a Collection of Inside Jokes
Nick Kroll and his gaggle of comedian friends clearly think themselves hilarious; from a viewer's perspective, however, that judgment is usually questionable in Kroll Show.
Rationing Too Much of a Good Thing in 'Terra Battle'
Give a person lots of options and picking just one becomes difficult. Remove some options and the choice becomes easier.
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Metaphor in a Time of Ebola
The more closely I followed the Ebola coverage, the more the simulacra of contagion in fiction, film, and games seemed inextricably woven into the mainstream media.
Back to What We Really Were All Along: An Interview with the Dodos
Individ, the latest by this San Francisco duo, finds them coming back to the same place they started: two "total nerds just being excited" as a duo.
Bettye LaVette: Worthy
More than 50 years into her career, Bettye LaVette still has a voice for the ages.
The Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies (Legacy Edition)
Like that lady who dreams of an Oklahoma where Shirley Jones and Gordon McCrea dwell, we can fantasize of an England where our neighbors lead rich and eccentric lives and invite us over for a friendly spot of tea.
John Carpenter and His Works, in Still Life
Gazing upon this vast collection of images with an abundance of rare and previously unseen stills, one cannot help but feel that Gottlieb-Walker captures the films' ontological identity.
'Legends of the Knight' Is a Little Too Reverent About the Dark Knight
Legends of the Knight takes the cultural impact of Batman seriously by highlighting a few of his biggest fans, even though the hero worship gets a little redundant by its conclusion.
Branford Marsalis: In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral
If you like the sound of a saxophone flying solo, just wait until you hear it in a big-ass church.
Vance Joy: Dream Your Life Away
The pop veins that Vance Joy mines so beautifully are unrequited and disbelieving love, and the songs’ appeal lie primarily in Joy’s voice, a voice that projects tremendous yearning.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Tom Cruise: Hollywood's Last Great Movie Star
Tom Cruise is the most consistent movie star Hollywood has, and when he stops making films, his absence will signify the end of an era.
A Song Can Be About Anything: An Interview with Dan Wilson
In 2014, former Semisonic frontman and "Someone Like You" scribe Dan Wilson released a solo album, re-released his pre-Semisonic band Trip Shakespeare's albums, and challenged his fans about the fact that a song, in fact, can be about anything.
I Am Blue
Differentiating yourself from other gamers on the basis of a few primary colors may indicate some powerful symbolic and identificatory impulses.
Lee Van Cleef's Character in 'Captain Apache' Will Tomahawk His Way Into Your Memory
Although Lee Van Cleef's portrayal of a Native American will understandably raise concern in some viewers, this fun if cheesy film takes a clear anti-racism line.
Looking for the Girl That Meets Supply with Demand: ABC's 'The Lexicon of Love'
“Martin, maybe one day you’ll find true love." ABC's sumptuous critique of romance is a masterful blend of disco, New Wave pop, and golden age Hollywood glamor.
A Royal Struggle: Wonder Woman #38
Wonder Woman is the ultimate feminine ideal, but even she deals with her share of insecurities.
Reality, One Grain at a Time
There’s more of value in one Calvino essay about Roman pig sties than there is in a week’s worth of slop from the Huffington Post.
The Lone Bellow: Then Came the Morning
The Lone Bellow knows how to nail a crescendo. The problem with Then Came the Morning is that it makes it seem like the band is only good at that.
Sundance Film Festival 2015: 'Princess' and 'The Wolfpack'
In the fictional film Princess and the documentary The Wolfpack, a child's resilience might thwart even the most determined of boogey men.
Having Trouble Sleeping? Relax, It's All in Your Mind
Funny and direct, as well as useful and nurturing, Sane New World is a must read for anyone who has been up at night worrying about the future or regretting the past.
Björk: Biophilia Live
As Björk’s live shows become increasingly sprawling in their design and execution, less attention seems to be paid on the arrangements and the dynamics of her songs – or rather, their potential to be reworked into something entirely new onstage.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
The 2015 Progressive Rock Preview
Forthcoming releases from Steven Wilson, Neal Morse, and many others highlight what is bound to be an excellent year for progressive rock.
'Alpha' Female: An Interview With Actress Serafita Grigoriadou
A sweeping, mythological epic of dreams and nightmares, Alpha introduces one of Greek cinema's newest and most entrancing actresses.
Philosophy Bites Again Is a True Philosophical Gourmet
This is a dinner party in book form, although with topics such as torture, group agency, hate speech, and the afterlife, it's not for the absent-minded.
Country Fried Rock: Jim White vs. Packway Handle Band
Beginning today, PopMatters will be running the weekly interview series, Country Fried Rock, which features in-depth interviews with Americana artists. This time up is the Southern Gothic master Jim White and his foray into bluegrass.
Resident Evil HD Remaster
Oddly enough, a remake of the original game, Resident Evil HD Remaster, actually feels like the next big evolutionary leap for the series.
The Return of the Big Red Cheese: The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1
After the tour de force of last issue's Pax Americana, this issue demonstrates conclusively that Grant Morrison is a master of all the genres in the comicbook superhero playbook.
'American Experience: Edison' Captures the Inventor's Practical and Imaginative Spirit
Just as Thomas Edison represented the America of his time, so too does he represents the America of our time in his try-and-succeed, try-and-fail methodology.
'Secret Agent: The Complete Series' Out-Bonds James Bond
Patrick McGoohan's John Drake, superhero for the Cold War era, just might be the coolest hero of all time -- yes, even more than James Bond.
The Dodos: Individ
If 2013's Carrier was a meditation on loss, Indvid is a bold cry of life, with the duo returning to take inventory of themselves full of energy, poetry, and release.
A Convent Goes Psycho-Sexual in 'The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio'
Based on the detailed notes from the original Roman Inquisition investigation long buried in a Vatican archive, Wolf unravels a tale of religious madness and power trips.
Noveller: Fantastic Planet
On Fantastic Planet Noveller's Sara Lipstate spends the early parts of the record selling us on her potential, making us rethink how we hear and feel texture in music, how we understand musical structures.
Monday, 26 January 2015
The Trials and Tribulations of Dirty Harry Callahan
Feeling lucky, punk? The road from obscurity to legend wasn't easy for Clint Eastwood's iconic character Dirty Harry. Think you know the back story? Read on!
Between the Stripes of That Sunlight Sound: An Interview with the Go-Betweens
With the first intensely exhaustive box set of their career released, Robert Forster reflects on a first-time bass player, a film critic, and himself helped change the very face of rock music.
Double Take: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Double Take examines Errol Flynn's classic take on this vigilante archer: a bold, impudent rascal that speaks treason fluently, capturing hearts when he isn't shooting arrows into them.
The Past Was Always With Us: Exclusive Preview of GI Zombie #6
You wouldn’t think it, but Star Spangled War Stories, featuring G. I. Zombie #6 confronts us, by way of Watchmen, with issues at the heart of the history of comics.
Game of Thrones, Episode 1: Iron From Ice
In Telltale's version of Game of Thrones, you play the parts of people who themselves are playing parts. Each one is not playing the game of thrones, they are pieces in the games of others.
All the Light We Cannot See: People in the Dark, Hunting the Right Frequency
In Anthony Doerr's richly romantic jewel quest of a war novel, a blind girl and an engineering prodigy pulse ever closer to each other across a ravaged Europe.
The Final Season of 'Better Off Ted' Reminds Us That We Were Better Off With It
Better Off Ted was cancelled too early, and this truncated final season doesn't give any real closure. What it does give us, however, is more hi-jinks and zany creativity.
Björk: Vulnicura (Take 1)
Björk's devastating ninth album Vulnicura, brutally chronicles the dissolution of her relationship with longtime partner, avant-garde NY filmmaker and sculptor Matthew Barney.
Sundance Film Festival 2015: 'Z for Zachariah' and 'The Witch'
Both The Witch and Z for Zachariah point to the terrifying uselessness of religion in the face of the wilderness.
Cougar Copulates With Crazy in the Ludicrous 'The Boy Next Door'
This loopy and stupid film promises eros and instead delivers an earache.
This Collection of the Band's Memories Makes Led Zeppelin Actually Likeable
No matter how grandiose the Led Zeppelin legend gets, hearing the golden gods tell their tale is both astounding and more real than anything anyone could ever make up.
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