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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]
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]
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]
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]
Back to What We Really Were All Along: An Interview with the Dodos
By Dan Derks
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. [29.Jan.15]
Today's Articles
29.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
Bettye LaVette: Worthy
More than 50 years into her career, Bettye LaVette still has a voice for the ages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nico & Vinz: Black Star Elephant
Black Star Elephant proves to be a pleasant, uplifting album, though by no means earth shattering.
Death Cab for Cutie's Black Sun Is Promising (and Nothing More)
Following their creative low point in 2011's Codes & Keys and shedding a band member, Death Cab for Cutie's first new song in years is promising, but not a whole lot else.
Guessing the 2015 Grammys
PopMatters predicts a night of newcomers, huge sweeps, and some love for two theme songs from 2013.
Live Footage - Lost (Frank Ocean cover) (video) (Premiere)
The minimalist funk of Frank Ocean's "Lost" gets a unique treatment in the hands of the cello/drums duo Live Footage, all of it captured on a GoPro camera.
FaltyDL: ///I\II\\\\ EP
A hodgepodge EP from the "intelligent" electronica producer Andrew Lustman, aka FaltyDL, includes remixes from µ-Ziq and Brrd.
Pawns or Kings - Light Over the Ridge (video) (Premiere)
The latest video from the Ozark Mountains folk group Pawns or Kings, "Light Over the Ridge", is an intimate depiction of feeling at home -- just as you're about to leave it.
Prima Donna - Deathless (audio) (Premiere)
Beatles-esque vocal harmonies meet clap-along rhythms in the latest number by the Los Angeles rock outfit Prima Donna, "Deathless".
What Does a Mexican Comic Hero and a Citizens War Crimes Tribunal Have to Do With Each Other?
Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires is a blend of narrative genius with deep political philosophical significance, couched in a surreal blend of comic and prose.
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.
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.
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.
CEO Supervillains: Toyo Harada & Dario Agger
The businessman bad guy is nothing new. Lex Luthor and Wilson Fisk (the Kingpin) both come to mind immediately as classic comicbook villains whose main source of power is their wealth. And they’re not the only examples…
'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.
Two Shirley Clarke Documentaries Get Long-Overdue Resurrections
Portrait of Jason and Ornette: Made in America, two outstanding Shirley Clarke documentaries, represent unique takes on the black experience in America.
'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.
Culture
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.
The Freedom of 'inFamous First Light'
Largely due to its small size and independence from the primary game, First Light is simply better than Second Son, even while it owes its existence to it.
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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.
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.
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.
There's a Real Warmth Beneath the Cold Exterior of 'Ida'
Pawel Pawlikowski's frosty drama, although perhaps too simple for its own good, elevates strong emotional connections from an entirely chilly exterior.
The House of Love: Live at the Lexington 13.11.13
Live at the Lexington 13.11.13 documents a return and pulverizes a myth. This album proves that the band is terribly alive. But it shows at the same time how mortal they are.
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.
Friday, 23 January 2015
Miraculous Metropolis: A Reflection on Dream Theater's 'Scenes from a Memory'
Fifteen years after its release, Dream Theater's fifth LP remains not only the quintet's truest masterpiece, but arguably the greatest progressive metal album ever made.
1995: The Year the Future Began
The world didn't just sit through the trials of both the tobacco industry and O.J. Simpson in 1995: it also welcomed in the sea changes that would shape the new millennium.
Love Everybody, Trust No One in Hinterkind
Hinterkind focuses on characterization, developing its cast intelligently and deliberately so that everyone is fully formed and multi-faceted.
Counterbalance: Weezer (Blue Album)
Oo-ee-oo I look just like Buddy Holly. Oh-oh, and you're Mary Tyler Moore. I don't care what they say about the 352nd most acclaimed album anyway. I don't care bout that.
Johnny Depp Is Lost Once Again in the Clueless Caper 'Mortdecai'
As the eccentric art thief Charlie Mortdecai, Johnny Depp says things cleverly instead of saying clever things.
Broken Families Boxed In: 'Mommy'
Mommy reminds you that mothers are not supposed to be sexual, and that children and everyone else need boundaries on mothers' behaviors.
'Far Cry 4' Is an Adventure Game, Not a Shooter
Far Cry 4 looks and plays like a shooter, but it doesn't feel like a shooter. It is really about my quest for collectibles and the chaos that erupts along the way.
With 'Drunk History', the More Shots You Have, the More You Learn
This isn't so much a comedy classic as it is passively amusing, but Drunk History's formula works damn well... especially after you've had a few of your own.
Mark Ronson: Uptown Special
This uptown ain't so special; honestly, you're better off staying downtown.
This 'Vanity Fair' Retrospective Reveals the Spirit of the Early Decades of 20th Century America
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers and Swells is a celebration of progress, of progressives, prophecy, and prescience.
Various Artists: Millions Like Us: The Story of the Mod Revival 1977-1989
The resurgent mod scene of the late 1970s gets its due.
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