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The American Humanist: Why the World Needs William Faulkner | 2 Jun 2005 // 8:00 PM

In 2005, when record numbers of soldiers return home without limbs, cable news television replays images of extra-judicial torture carried out in the name of civil society, and the nation finds itself engaged in a conflict mired in bad faith -- in 2005 Faulkner is every bit as relevant as he was in 1932.

London Calling -- For Congo, Columbo, Sri Lanka.... | 5 May 2005 // 9:03 PM

M.I.A. speaks about the cultural politics of immigration, her role as an artist, and the global sound of London.


Earthling: Insomniacs' Ball | 10 Aug 2011 // 5:00 PM

If trip-hop was a fake genre, it was in part because it neglected its outcasts. Earthling return to downtempo with their maverick sensibilities.

Nostalgia 77: The Garden | 5 Apr 2005 // 6:00 PM

A solid elaboration on 2004's Songs for My Funeral, this album has the classic sound of The Horace Silver Quintet -- with some The White Stripes and Mantronix thrown in for good measure.


10 Standout Hip-Hop Tracks from 1991 | 19 Oct 2011 // 1:06 AM

As a complement to PopMatters' "Nevermind Nostalgia" retrospective on music in 1991, Sound Affects takes at look at a partial selection of the year's hip-hop highlights that lean more towards beats production than the era’s increasingly popular gangsta genre.

//Mixed media


"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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