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.
Gonjasufi: Callus | 17 Aug 2016 // 9:30 PM
Callus is a bleak, seemingly hopeless sonic landscape. A massive bummer of an album in a year already pushing the bounds of reality in nearly every way imaginable.
Alice Bag: Alice Bag | 16 Aug 2016 // 9:15 PM
With the release of her first solo album, chicana punk pioneer Alice Bag proves herself to not only still possess the fiery spirit of the first wave of LA punk, but also a vital voice of reason tackling social issues others would prefer to ignore.
Elvis Presley: Way Down in the Jungle Room | 8 Aug 2016 // 9:20 PM
Way Down in the Jungle Room is more than just yet another repackaging of the King’s work, instead showing how vital a performer Presley remained right up to the end.
'Into the Maelstrom' Provides a Fascinating View of 20th Century Underground Movements | 8 Aug 2016 // 4:30 AM
Free music performer and writer David Toop spends much of his latest effort exploring the philosophical and artistic movements from which pre-1970 performers drew inspiration.
Allen Ginsberg: The Last Word on First Blues | 31 Jul 2016 // 9:10 PM
The Last Word on First Blues is all the Allen Ginsberg, musician, you could ever hope to have and more.