Zach Schonfeld
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Zach Schonfeld is an associate editor for PopMatters and a reporter for Newsweek. Previously, he was an editorial fellow at The Atlantic Wire and graduated from Wesleyan University, birthplace of Das Racist, MGMT, and the nineteenth-century respiration calorimeter, where he served as the editor of Wesleying, a popular student-life blog. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting presidential birthplaces and teaching his dog to tweet. In addition to PopMatters, his writing has appeared online at Rolling Stone, TIME, Consequence of Sound, The Nation, USA Today College, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Rumpus, Paste Magazine, and the Hartford Courant. He can be reached at zschonfeld(at)gmail(dot)com or on Twitter @zzzzaaaacccchhh.


Features

Sunday, June 15 2014

Finding Some Shrink Dust in a Hedge with Chad VanGaalen

It starts with a dream about his own severed hands running away, and it only gets stranger from there. Welcome to Chad VanGaalen's world.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

The Year of the Overnight Release: How Much Time Should a Critic Get?

Given the anticipation level and lack of pre-release availability, Yeezus offered a perfect test case for the nagging question: How has the model of digital media changed the amount of time music critics spend with the records they’re assessing?


Wednesday, January 1 2014

The Best Noise Rock of 2013

From unforeseen comebacks to heretofore unknown new acts, much of 2013's best noise-rock often came out of nowhere.


Sunday, July 21 2013

"I Operate Much Better When There's a Lot to Lose": An Interview with John Vanderslice

Having found a brand new sense of independence, John Vanderslice is making music directly for his fans, and speaks to PopMatters unflinchingly about his career, Kickstarter, his personal heartbreaks, and all that went into making Dagger Beach, his latest opus.


Monday, January 14 2013

They Whisper in Our Ear, ‘Don’t Waste It’: An Interview with Tindersticks

PopMatters chatted with baritone-voiced vocalist Stuart Staples about losing loved ones, finally embracing "Le Chien Chanceux," and emerging with an album capable of "saying 'Fuck you' to the world."


Reviews

Sunday, April 13 2014

Meridiem: A Scattering Time

A Scattering Time plays like an emblem of a different era because it is an emblem of no era, a haunting and formless musical work full of pitch-dark textural turns, proggy rhythmic tremors, and a wailing vocal thrust.


Tuesday, October 1 2013

Oneohtrix Point Never: R Plus Seven

In brief, R Plus Seven deemphasizes Replica’s sense of walled-off claustrophobia, letting thick puddles of light filter into Lopatin’s lair of sound.


Monday, September 16 2013

MGMT: MGMT

MGMT's latest balancing act is a bit of a mess. But it’s a thrillingly inventive and uncompromisingly colorful mess. And isn’t that the best kind of mess?


Thursday, July 25 2013

Salvia Plath: The Bardo Story

An appealing shot of homespun psychedelia, from the artist formerly known as Run DMT.


Thursday, July 11 2013

Deptford Goth: Life After Defo

Deptford Goth has an ear for sad-eyed electro-pop hooks, a knack for synthesizer-driven production flair, and the ability to merge the two, conveniently, in his own living room.


Koop: Koop Islands [13.Jan.08]
Ween [11.Dec.07]

Blogs

Monday, May 12 2014

Wet Leather - "Secret Preference" (audio) (Premiere)

"Secret Preference" is all big boom-clap drums, silky falsetto, and funk bass.


Tuesday, May 6 2014

'Over Ten Tons of Internet': An Interview with the Poet Who Tried to Print the Entire Internet

The average professor spends the summer revising syllabi and maybe teaching a class or two. Kenneth Goldsmith spent his printing out the Internet.


Monday, April 21 2014

Pixies' 'Doolittle' Turns 25

Here they are -- my ten favorite individual moments of music on Doolittle.


Monday, April 7 2014

Nirvana - "Rape Me"

“Rape Me” was intended as a razor-sharp anti-rape anthem, an emblem of the feminist messages Kurt began channeling during the last two years of his life. That's not how it was taken.


Thursday, August 8 2013

John Vanderslice Follows Up 'Dagger Beach' with Double A-Side Single

John Vanderslice is not the type to take breaks.


Yo La Tengo Rocks Fallon (video) (Mixed Media) [16.Jan.13]
Das Racist Breaks Up (videos) (Mixed Media) [3.Dec.12]
Heems Drops New Track, "Killing Time" (Mixed Media) [20.Aug.12]
Wilco: 9.April.2010 - Hartford (Notes from the Road) [22.Apr.10]
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