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Lana Cooper
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Lana Cooper has written various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2006. She’s also written news stories for EDGE Media, a nationwide network devoted to LGBT news and issues. In 2013, she wrote her first novel, Bad Taste In Men, described as one part chick lit for tomboys and one part Freaks and Geeks for kids who came of age in the mid-‘90s. She lives in Philadelphia and enjoys spending time with her family, reading comic books, and avoiding eye contact with strangers on public transportation. A graduate of Temple University, Cooper doesn’t usually talk about herself in the first person, but makes an exception when writing an author bio.


Features

Sunday, May 13 2012

Watch It for the Clothes: The Class and Gender Warfare of 'Gossip Girl'

The past few seasons of Gossip Girl have sent a consistent message to the series' largely female audience: women who attempt to climb the social ladder won't get a happy ending. Even ladies born wearing Prada diapers can expect their share of misery.


Wednesday, September 28 2011

Id N’ Ego Killed the Pop Metal Star... and the Alternative Rocker, Too

Grunge didn't kill pop metal, it merely succeeded it as the genre of choice as part of a logical progression. To understand the emergence of alt-rock, we need to examine why the tide turned against a wave of music that had once been so popular.


Friday, June 10 2011

DC Reboot Gives Comics a 'Logan's Run' For Their Money

DC Comics risks everything to re-boot its 52 major titles later this summer. Will this reimagined world bring in younger readers or spell "Last Day" for the comics giant?


Sunday, November 8 2009

The Magical Mystery Four: The Beatles As a Successful System of Archetypes

The Beatles were the first band comprised of four distinct personas. This aspect would take them on a long and winding road that would eventually splinter them in four separate directions. The very thing that made them so special was what ultimately deigned their end.


Tuesday, June 2 2009

The Importance of Being Morris: Fop vs. Fop and Duality in Purple Rain

In both Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge, "The Kid" is pitted against Morris Day in a battle for artistic and commercial supremacy in the Minneapolis club scene. Lana Cooper digs deeper than that, though, showing that the characters are not too dissimilar, examining the psychological implications of both leads actions in these films, rife with business-minded headgames and personal attacks through pop music.


Reviews

Wednesday, November 10 2010

Emil & Friends: Downed Economy

Emil & Friends shows a love of MGMT-esque synthpop that weaves humor into an eclectic blend of funk, disco, and folk and leaves you wanting more.


Thursday, September 23 2010

Goo Goo Dolls: Something For the Rest of Us

Inspired by the recession, the Goo Goo Dolls craft an emotional, near-perfect album that gives a voice and a window into the individual struggles of the large number of "the rest of us" out there.


Tuesday, September 7 2010

Scary Mansion: Make Me Cry

Scary Mansion's latest features beautiful vocals and lush instrumentation but leaves much to be desired lyrically.


Wednesday, September 1 2010

Papa Roach: Time for Annihilation…On the Record and on the Road

On their first live album, Papa Roach sticks it to their former label and nearly captures the full-blown intensity of their live show with an added bonus of five new studio tracks.


Sunday, August 15 2010

The Dollyrots: A Little Messed Up

The group's third album paints the Dollyrots in the light of punk Pollyannas, delivering a message of staying true, all while plying fizzy pop-punk with an original and distinctive sound.


Beardo: Beardo [4.Apr.10]
Dilana: Inside Out [11.Feb.10]
Esser: Braveface [11.Aug.09]
CKY: Carver City [27.May.09]
Bayside: Shudder [11.Feb.09]
Saawariya [8.Jul.08]
Partition [27.May.08]
Nerf Herder: IV [6.May.08]
Mrs. Doubtfire [15.Apr.08]
The Kooks: Konk [13.Apr.08]
Southway: Somapop [18.Feb.08]
Siouxsie: Mantaray [17.Jan.08]

Blogs

Wednesday, July 2 2014

All Bad Things Must Be Listed: The 10 Best Mötley Crüe Songs

Just as Mötley Crüe kickstarts its legally-binding farewell tour, Sound Affects runs down the best songs by the kings of '80s Sunset Strip metal.


Monday, August 20 2012

Phyllis Diller: The Last of the Not-Hot Mamas

Phyllis Diller was among the last of a dying breed of comics who recognized comedy as the domain of the outcast.


Tuesday, January 10 2012

Beavis & Butt-head Revisited

Beavis & Butt-head are back and have aged rather well. These two idiots have conditioned viewers rather well since their '90s heyday, having made a lasting impact on how we watch TV.


Thursday, September 2 2010

Cee Lo Green Has Some Choice Words for His Ex (video)

Sure it's gone viral, but not everyone has had the opportunity to hear Cee Lo Green croon his expletive ode to an ex-girlfriend and her current paramour just yet.


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