John is a Michigan-based musician and writer. He currently reviews music for PopMatters and Spectrum Culture, while also working his way through his ever-expanding record collection at www.tumblr.com/blog/vinylcompulsion. @john_r_paul
Colleen Green Is Having Fun Behind Those Dark Glasses | 25 May 2015 // 11:00 PM
Colleen Green used to hide behind her sunglasses; now they're just a part of who she is. She tells PopMatters about their origin and the one song she refuses to play live.
Various Artists: Coxsone's Music 2 - The Sound of Young Jamaica | 28 Jul 2016 // 9:19 PM
As with its companion piece, this second volume of early Jamaican music shows just how integral a role jazz and R&B played in shaping what would become the island nation’s dominant form of popular music in the second half of the 20th Century.
Various: Tanbou Toujou Lou - Merengue, Kompa Kreyou, Vodou Jazz and Electric Folklore from Haiti | 26 Jul 2016 // 9:20 PM
What it lacks in any immediately identifiable musical and geographic point of origin, this collection of mid-20th Century Haitian recordings more than makes up for in its unique cultural and stylistic fusion.
Petula Clark: Natural Love - The Scotti Brothers Recordings | 18 Jul 2016 // 9:10 PM
One of the few releases of hers not to feature “Downtown", Natural Love functions as a reminder of Petula Clark’s ill-advised early ‘80s detour into inconsequential country and adult contemporary.
Beyond the Wizards Sleeve: The Soft Bounce | 14 Jul 2016 // 9:30 PM
Beyond the Wizards Sleeve offer a heady mixture of ‘90s EDM and ‘60s psychedelia that transcends both stylistic reference points to become something wholly new and different and, most importantly, wildly enjoyable.
'Back to the Fifties' Points the Finger Directly at the Rise of Ronald Reagan | 14 Jul 2016 // 3:30 AM
Back to the Fifties sheds light on the politicized motivations behind the pop cultural revisionist view of the Fifties in the wake of the tumultuous Sixties.