Living and Dying for Silent Film
Home video companies such as Kino Lorber, the Criterion Collection, and Flicker Alley have been instrumental in meeting the changing methods of distributing silent film. [29.Jul.14]
An Honest Liar: An Interview with Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins
PopMatters catches up with Sean Watkins during one of his busiest years as a musician yet, which finds him touring with Nickel Creek, recording with Tom Brosseau, and releasing his new solo record, All I Do Is Lie. [29.Jul.14]
Philadelphia Cartoonist Box Brown Explores the Man Who Lived the Myth of Andre the Giant
In telling his story in such an accessible and sympathetic way, Box Brown helps even non-wrestling fans understand what made Andre "the Giant" Roussimoff so unforgettable. [29.Jul.14]
The Top 10 Reasons Why 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Awesome
Leave it to Marvel to save the Summer 2014 movie season with this amazing slice of popcorn entertainment. Here's 10 reasons why this unusual group of heroes is blockbuster boon. [29.Jul.14]
'Quest for Infamy': A Second Opinion
Quest for Infamy attempts not just to ape the adventure games of old but to attempt a kind of storytelling that was not quite possible in an earlier era of game development thanks to the limits of technology. [29.Jul.14]
Today's Articles
29.Jul.14
Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty
The innovative hip-hop duo from Seattle is back with another genre bending album.
The Muffs: Whoop Dee Doo
Fresh off a short, aborted stint with the Pixies, Kim Shattuck reforms the Muffs and puts out a very solid album.
Ian McLagan: United States
McLagan has a pleasantly conversational voice. He’s a tasteful keyboard player. While he may not rock out, there’s a nice sashaying quality to the music.
Jennifer Lopez: A.K.A.
Jennifer Lopez has lost her steam since Rebirth. On her eighth album, she's never sounded so boring or flimsy.
PRISM Quartet: People's Emergency Center
Long known for performing commissioned works, PRISM Quartet release a double album of original material. It is staggeringly wonderful.
Banner Pilot: Souvenir
There's nothing groundbreaking from Minnesota punk rockers Banner Pilot on their fourth album, but it's a solid release from a solid bunch of dudes.
This Is the Day: The The - 'Soul Mining: 30th Anniversary Edition'
Thirty years later, Soul Mining remains The The's most vital work.
Lenny Pickett With the UMO Jazz Orchestra: The Prescription
Former Tower of Power saxophonist and Saturday Night Livemusical director finds highly sympathetic ears in Finland’s UMO Jazz Orchestra.
Jake Bugg: Messed Up Kids
Three extra tracks from the Shangri La sessions show Jake Bugg's development.
Manufacturing Victory: 'The Arsenal of Democracy'
The story of how Ford Motor Company's assembly-line techniques helped America win WWII, and the behind-the-scenes battles waged in order to get it done.
Philadelphia Cartoonist Box Brown Explores the Man Who Lived the Myth of Andre the Giant
In telling his story in such an accessible and sympathetic way, Box Brown helps even non-wrestling fans understand what made Andre "the Giant" Roussimoff so unforgettable.
I Was Poisoned by Arnold Lobel's Children's Fable, 'Frog and Toad'
Lobel could have done his little gay readers an immeasurable and un-parallelled service. Instead, he set us up for perpetual disappointment.
In 'The Big Chill', Cynicism is the Illusion
Never heavy-handed in its response to Reagan's "Morning in America", The Big Chill shows loss, defeat and grief while still being funny.
The Top 10 Reasons Why 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Awesome
Leave it to Marvel to save the Summer 2014 movie season with this amazing slice of popcorn entertainment. Here's 10 reasons why this unusual group of heroes is blockbuster boon.
Living and Dying for Silent Film
Home video companies such as Kino Lorber, the Criterion Collection, and Flicker Alley have been instrumental in meeting the changing methods of distributing silent film.
Immigrants and Aliens: Superman #33
Superman is not an alien. He is an immigrant. There is a difference.
Culture
An Honest Liar: An Interview with Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins
PopMatters catches up with Sean Watkins during one of his busiest years as a musician yet, which finds him touring with Nickel Creek, recording with Tom Brosseau, and releasing his new solo record, All I Do Is Lie.
'Quest for Infamy': A Second Opinion
Quest for Infamy attempts not just to ape the adventure games of old but to attempt a kind of storytelling that was not quite possible in an earlier era of game development thanks to the limits of technology.
Alabama Shakes + Questlove: MB Evolution Tour - Terminal 5, New York (Photos)
The free, traveling 'Evolution Tour' put together by Mercedes-Benz launched in New York with a performance from Alabama Shakes and some interactive art from Mr. Brainwash.
Recent Articles
Monday, 28 July 2014
The 18 Ways of Beginning and Ending an Album
Whether by chance or by careful planning, there is an observable pattern to intros and outros in albums. PopMatters breaks down 18 of them.
Storm in a Teacup: An Interview with Bedouin Soundclash's Jay Malinowski
Canadian artist Jay Malinowski takes to the high seas for his lushly sprawling sophomore effort Martel.
'Shutter', 'Saga' and 'The Private Eye' Showcase the Best of What Comics Can Do
The best creators will find ways to make the best use of whatever medium they are working in.
'Maidentrip' Is a Journey Across the Sea and Into Adulthood
Laura Dekker was born to be a sailor, a fact she proves in her successful solo sail around the world in Maidentrip.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers provide a blistering reminder of rock 'n' roll's subversive nature with Hypnotic Eye.
Are Karl Marx and Adam Smith as Inviolable as Atoms or DNA?
Utopia or Bust is only a book about utopia if you believe Marxism, in its purest and most evolved form, is a utopian answer to the ills of capitalism.
Braid: No Coast
Late-'90s emo heroes Braid return with their first record in almost two decades.
Ed Sheeran: x
Ed Sheeran certainly doesn't exceed expectations, but he delivers something that resembles a solid mish mash of genres and often cliche lyrics about romance and breakups.
50 Cent: Animal Ambition
50 Cent's latest album is more of the same old 50.
John Escreet: Sounds, Space and Structures
On his sixth recording, this young UK pianist based in New York brings his trio into a fully improvised encounter with British avant-garde saxophone legend Evan Parker.
Otto A Totland: Pinô
Fans of Nils Frahm must be introduced to Otto A Totland, whose delicate piano melodies will forever feel like home.
Friday, 25 July 2014
Just Hate Nostalgia: Revisiting the Misanthropic Genius of Luke Haines
The Auteurs transcend the music of their time and place and subvert the notion of Britpop, Britishness, and the whole darkness of humanity.
On Those Who Must Work as Whores, and Those Who Can Afford to Just Play at It
The debate about sex work is usually about the spectacle that accompanies “sex”, rather than about the sex workers and the work of sex. That needs to change.
The Music Playground Presents: The Two Man Gentlemen Band Live on PopMatters
Two Men. Eight Strings. Those are the base ingredients in a party when we’re discussing Andy Bean and Fuller Condon, aka The Two Man Gentlemen Band.
Counterbalance: The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE'
I know that you’ll feel better when you send us in your letter and tell us the name of your favorite vegetable. In the meantime, this week’s Counterbalance looks at a 1967 classic, lost and found.
I Care About Story, So Why Don't I Care About These Stories?
Is story so tangential to the gaming experience that even a self-professed story-lover can play an entire game and not glean a single plot point from it all?
Chalice California (featuring STS9 + Les Claypool's Duo de Twang
Chalice provided the grooviest kicks seen along old Route 66 in some time.
Scarlett Johansson Gets Goopy in 'Lucy'
This might be as close to a point as Lucy can get, the essential illogic of movies, of illusion, of delusion.
Security Firm McAfee Posts 2014s Most Toxic Superheroes on the Internet
Ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, McAfee, one of the leaders in online security, has released their list of 2014’s Most Toxic Superheroes.
The Glory of 'Hercules' and the Glory of Dwayne Johnson
Sweating and bleeding, swinging maces and destroying architecture, Hercules imposes his will by way of his body, the legend becoming a truth in spite of itself.
Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' Considers the Value of Illusion
Stanley rejects the very notion of an afterlife, bitterly noting, like so many Woody Allen characters before him, that our current existence is all we get.
Bob Marley and the Wailers: Legend (30th Anniversary Edition)
Legend presents Bob Marley at his most unthreatening, and most anodyne. And that was intentional.
Thursday, 24 July 2014
I Never Believed in Background Music: Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes
Rich Robinson was half of the Black Crowes, but as a solo artist, he's finally flown into his most distinct, powerful effort to date.
The Pursuit of ComicCon: Comics, Fans and the Ideology of Choice
OK, I’m going to sound a little G.O.P., but ComicCon is a public good and must be defended. And you’d never guess from what…
Ripe with Rich Attainments: Jethro Tull's 'A Passion Play', Reassessed
A Passion Play tends to draw the most resistance from even prog-rock aficionados; it obliges time and attention to let it work its charms.
A Dance with 'Destiny'
Can we overcome the Darkness through the power of dance? We’ll see.
Sun-Drenched '90s Nostalgia at Forecastle Day Three
Forecastle rounded out its 2014 installment with aplomb, proving that it is only going to get bigger and better from here on out.
The Who's Pomp and Bombast, Egos and Flaws
The Who FAQ brings some entertaining insight into who the hell those guys are.
Tatiana Maslany Continues to Astound in 'Orphan Black: Season Two'
The second season of BBC America’s Orphan Black continues its breakneck pace of twists and turns, all the while showcasing the best performance on television.
Weird Al Yankovic: Mandatory Fun
Yankovic's release-week overexposure lead him to having his first #1 album, but the parodies prove to be way better than the originals this go-round. #Accordions
'The Newburgh Sting' Has Us Wondering, Is the FBI Thwarting or Conjuring Terrorism?
The plot these would-be terrorists conjure is as preposterous as any you'd find in a bad action movie.
'Song of the Shank' Celebrates a Unique American Musician
This feels like an exercise in deep thought and immersion in "Blind Tom’s" uniquely bizarre experience and the cruel history he was forced to live.
Got a Girl: I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
These are faithfully recreated jet-setting sounds from the golden age of air travel, and the highs hit quite high.
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