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Long Live the Beastie Boys: Their Five Most Underappreciated Songs
PopMatters looks at five Beastie Boys songs that are not only underappreciated, but some of their best. [22.Aug.14]
Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock
By Scott B. Bomar
Southbound profiles the musicians, producers, record labels, and movers and shakers that defined Southern rock, including the Allmans, Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band and here, the Charlie Daniels Band. [22.Aug.14]
Counterbalance: 'The Modern Lovers'
Gonna drive past the Stop 'n' Shop with the Modern Lovers' masterpiece on. Roadrunner once. Roadrunner twice. I'm in love with rock 'n' roll, and I'll be out all night. From 1976 (but recorded in '71 and '72), this week's Counterbalance is a cult classic. [22.Aug.14]
Somewhere in Dimension Mek: Our Heroes and the Superhero Funny Book
Our Heroes is like a Saturday morning cartoon, only better. It perfectly captures the spirit of the funny superhero. (The Human Mallet Lives!) [22.Aug.14]
What a Quart of Whiskey Might Assuage, but Never Alleviate
By Nick Tabor
Guitar music gave John Fahey a bridge to the subconscious, and his subconscious evidently was a scary realm. [22.Aug.14]
Today's Articles
22.Aug.14
Jenny Hval and Susanna: Meshes of Voice
With Meshes of Voice, Norwegians Jenny Hval and Susanna Wallumrød come together to craft an avant garde masterpiece.
Literature: Chorus
This is a huge step forward for the band, while preserving all of the most attractive qualities of the debut.
Richard Thompson: Acoustic Classics
Folk troubadour Richard Thompson commits an intimate solo studio performance of his classics to tape, highlighting both his skills as a guitarist and exceptional songwriter.
Bishop Allen: Lights Out
At their best, Bishop Allen develop a time and a place through memorable hooks and high craft, but they just can't sustain it for the whole album.
Plastikman: Ex: Performed Live at the Guggenheim NYC
Richie Hawtin returns to the name that made him a godfather of minimal techno.
Long Live the Beastie Boys: Their Five Most Underappreciated Songs
PopMatters looks at five Beastie Boys songs that are not only underappreciated, but some of their best.
Rathborne: Soft
Soft is the opposite to what the title suggests. Instead this is an album of quick, jagged rock and roll, New York style. Take it or leave it.
Counterbalance: 'The Modern Lovers'
Gonna drive past the Stop 'n' Shop with the Modern Lovers' masterpiece on. Roadrunner once. Roadrunner twice. I'm in love with rock 'n' roll, and I'll be out all night. From 1976 (but recorded in '71 and '72), this week's Counterbalance is a cult classic.
StarBenders - Touch (audio) (Premiere)
The latest tune from young rock up-and-comers StarBenders is proof that if you put your mind to writing a song about sex, you'll probably succeed.
'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Is Almost Lightining in a Bottle
Is two-thirds of a decent Sin City sequel enough? After nine years of waiting, almost.
Our Protagonist Is a Passenger of Clichés in 'If I Stay'
This film urges you to believe that the protagonist is as special as anyone at the center of a YA saga, which is to say, so very special.
'Are You Here?' If So, I Feel Sorry for You...
This is a horribly unfunny comedy by someone celebrated for reinventing the TV drama.
'When the Game Stands Tall': Faith-Based High School Football
It's hard to think of a scene in this movie you haven't seen in another movie. Following the inevitable crisis, Coach returns to coaching. The boys return to game time. The announcers go back to announcing. The smallest player is inspiring.
Disney's 'Tarzan' Is a Visual Thrill Ride
Disney’s Tarzan is more than the last film in the “Disney Renaissance”; it’s also the best Tarzan film ever made.
What a Quart of Whiskey Might Assuage, but Never Alleviate
Guitar music gave John Fahey a bridge to the subconscious, and his subconscious evidently was a scary realm.
Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock
Southbound profiles the musicians, producers, record labels, and movers and shakers that defined Southern rock, including the Allmans, Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band and here, the Charlie Daniels Band.
Ragamala Dance with Rudresh Mahanthappa: Lincoln Center 'Out of Doors' 2014 (Photos)
In concert with the Asia Society, Lincoln Center held the world premiere of 'Song of the Jasmine', a collaboration between the Ragamala Dance group and jazz musician Rudresh Mahanthappa.
New York's 2014 India Day Parade in Photos
Photos from the 34th annual India Day Parade in New York City.
Somewhere in Dimension Mek: Our Heroes and the Superhero Funny Book
Our Heroes is like a Saturday morning cartoon, only better. It perfectly captures the spirit of the funny superhero. (The Human Mallet Lives!)
Knots Untie and Tie Again in 'Boardwalk Empire: Season Four'
If previous seasons gave us glimpses of the evil that men do, then this penultimate season of HBO's best current series gives us an extreme closeup.
The Platformer as Typography Teacher
You’re not just interacting with a particular font, but everything that contributed to the history of that font as well.
Recent Articles
Thursday, 21 August 2014
From the Soul to the Hills: The Music of the Caucasus
The music of the Caucasus is powered by national ardour and ritual. All that's needed is an open and willing audience to accept the undisclosed gifts it brings.
'I'm Not a Teacher, But I Play One in the Movies': The Movie Teacher Myths
Movies create iconic, mythical teacher figures who, in two or so hours, do both more harm and more good than any actual human could achieve in a lifetime.
Roddy Frame: Seven Dials
There's much to like about Roddy Frame, and much to admire about this album. Shame it lacks a killer tune.
Connections: Into Sixes
Connections' Into Sixes is the band truly hitting its stride while also testing its limits in exciting ways.
Jon Gnarr Is Changing the World One Laugh at a Time
The unlikely, improbable, unbelievable – and totally true – story of Iceland’s anarchist comedian turned politician.
'Ginger Snaps' Is Freshly Female-Centric Horror
Watching the movie now, it seems to anticipate its own cult.
Ruthie Foster: Promise of a Brand New Day
They say that misery loves company, which is why blues music remains so popular.
Chris Smither: Still on the Levee
It all comes down to the songs, and that weathered 'n' warm voice and guitar.
Paloma Faith: A Perfect Contradiction
Throwback chameleon Paloma Faith changes skin again, appointing herself the Queen of Retro Soul Disco and infusing every track with her irrepressible melodrama and charm.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
In Defense Of ... A Second Season for 'Halt and Catch Fire'
Women are the alpha-characters in Halt and Catch Fire. There may be no better dynamic duo of smart leading females on TV today than Donna and Cameron.
Deeper, Not Softer: An Interview with Princess Superstar
She influenced too many off-beat divas to count, but was struggling for her own record deal. Now, Princess Superstar is back, and she means business.
It's a Sad, Sad Situation: The 10 Best Sappy Love Songs of the '70s
If you were a child of the '70s, you no doubt grew up hearing these tunes slipping out your parents' eight-track player and car radio. The songs on the list are sappy, high-drama love ballads -- and for that they're being celebrated
Philip K. Dick's 'Radio Free Albemuth' Finally Reaches the Silver Screen
Like the book that inspired it, Radio Free Albemuth works as a vindicating love letter to spiritual seekers who feel that humanity is capable of more than the Orwellian rat race of the modern era.
The Art of the Unfinished: Early Access Games and Other Works in Progress
If the player of a building game like Clockwork Empires is intended to help build a world in the game itself, shouldn't that player be able to take part in the process of building Clockwork Empires itself?
'Four of the Apocalypse' Is Unrelenting in its Mournful and Mesmerizing Moodiness
Four of the Apocalypse's stereotypical and almost satirical character depictions and its pilgrimage structured plot-line chronicles a voyage to redemption.
Motel Beds - These Are the Days Gone By (album stream) (Premiere)
Check out the latest LP by Dayton, Ohio indie rockers Motel Beds, These Are Days Gone By, which you can stream in full here on PopMatters.
Hello, New World (#Ferguson): Batgirl #34
In her final issue, writer Gail Simone provides the space for Batgirl to start over in a new world.
'Falling Out of Time' Is a Profound Dissection of Grief
Woven like a colorful tapestry of many characters, all of whom share the misfortune of having lost a child, this is structured like an epic poem which, despite its short length, feels fully realized.
Kimbra: The Golden Echo
With the help of Gotye, you can't help but feel like Kimbra's follow up to her magnificent debut squanders her undeniable talent.
What's Happening to College Education in the Digital Era?
From MOOCs to Second Life to chairs that move, Elizabeth Losh discusses all things technological in The War on Learning.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Arguable Merits: Young Adult Fiction and Its Rabid Discontents
The YA crowd is full of articulate, well-read, hungry hyenas. They'll rip my lungs out for this. They'll crucify me. They'll leave my corpse in a ditch.
The Blissful Simplicity of Indie Rock
The goal of indie rock is to make something real, even at the expense of decades of music tradition.
Disney's Best Heroes... and Villains
They're the reason to cheer or the inspiration for a jeer—and nobody does them better than Disney.
Johnnyswim Love Their Place in the World
The duo Amber Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez live, die, and make music with the overarching theme of gratefulness.
Moving Pixels Podcast: Nearly Happily Ever After
This week we discuss the quieter and more subdued penultimate chapter of The Wolf Among Us.
Sex Police Future: Sex Criminals 7
Not many readers have put themselves in the headspace of a caped vigilante, but Jon and Suzie, the dynamic duo of deviant thoughts and sexcapades, embody our deepest desires, shame, regrets, and fears.
'The Trip to Italy' Leaves You Hungry for More
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are reinvesting the so-called buddy comedy with the concept that, sometimes, friendship is not enough.
Pallbearer: Foundations of Burden
Little Rock's Pallbearer add some studio sheen with their sophomore release while maintaining the mudslide-like heaviness of their acclaimed debut.
'The Expendables 3': More Action, Less Sequence
As a movie, The Expendables 3 is kind of a shambles. As part of a never-ending retirement party, it's kind of a gas.
The Impossible Reach of History Is Made Possible in 'The Hundred Year House'
In one of the best books of 2014, Rebecca Makkai tells a story of time, ghosts, fate, unrequited love, requited love unconsummated, and art.
Paul Thorn: Too Blessed to Be Stressed
Thorn appreciates the little things in life one takes for granted: family, love, a good rock beat, etc.
Monday, 18 August 2014
The Sonny Rollins / 'New Yorker' Controversy and Jazz's Image Problem
Why do jazz folks always sound so defensive about the music they love? Why can’t they take a pie in the face from Django Gold?
Wig in a Nutshell: An Interview with Stephen Trask Co-Creator of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator and songwriter Stephen Trask animatedly answers questions about the production’s success on Broadway and more.
Did Piracy and/or a PG-13 Rating Doom 'The Expendables 3'?
Was online "availability" and a anti-hard "R" stance the real reasons this third film in the action franchise failed?
A Filmmaker Wants to Turn the 20th Centurys Greatest Novel Into a Virtual Reality Game
That technology is being used to examine and perhaps shape Ulysses’ understanding, isn’t that surprising. After all, there was a time when books were considered technology.
Oribtal Gear
Orbital Gear is missing an important label that would allow me to forgive its flaws: the "Early Access" label.
'Dallas' Season 3 Is Rich with Reincarnations and Recycled Plots
The real pleasures of the new Dallas involve engaging with repetition in all its forms and taking melodrama seriously.
Making Progress Fun: All-New X-men #30
Character development doesn't need killer robots or time-traveling enemies. It just needs to be fun.
Sarah Waters' New Novel May Not Inspire a Thousand Worldwide Celebrations, but It Should
The Paying Guests is a skillful work of genuinely entertaining literary fiction.
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas: Secret Evil
The Detroit songstress and her Deltas take queasy carnival music, hoodoo blues stomps, country waltz ballads, primitive rock and jazzy inflections to craft a evocative realm in one of 2014's strongest releases.
'Console Wars' Is a Deeply Flawed Telling of a Great Story about Videogames
A book on the origins of Sega, a gaming industry giant of great historical importance, could have been great.
Fat White Family: Champagne Holocaust
One critic tries to figure out why everyone loves Fat White Family and she doesn't.
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