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.
Tiny Tim: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-1970) | 17 Apr 2016 // 9:15 PM
All of the idiosyncratic performer’s late ‘60s singles are brought together in one place, providing a small piece of the puzzle necessary to reevaluate his place within popular culture.
If You Like Browsing, You'll Like 'Old Records Never Die' | 12 Apr 2016 // 3:30 AM
Taking a somewhat circuitous route, Spitznagel’s book is more about the people who shape us and the music we share than the music itself.
Mike and the Melvins: Three Men and a Baby | 6 Apr 2016 // 9:20 PM
20th century sludge metal finally emerges from a decades-long morass. Was it worth it? Don’t believe the hype.
Prins Thomas: Principe del Norte | 31 Mar 2016 // 9:10 PM
Forgoing more rhythm-based music, Prins Thomas explores sound and texture for the sake of itself rather than that of the dance floor.
Rasputin Stash: Devil Made Me Do It | 29 Mar 2016 // 9:05 PM
Second album by Chicago’s underground funk heroes gets another chance to unleash its decidedly non-commercial approximations of commercial R&B on the masses in this new reissue.