Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Ian Mathers


Tuesday, April 3 2012

“But If We Did That, We’d Be Lying”: An Interview with Gareth Campesinos!

Gareth Campesinos! talks about how a recent breakup affected the new record, the role that depression plays in his lyrics, and why touring is a weird thing to do.

Wednesday, October 5 2011

R.E.M's 'Out of Time' Over Time

On Out of Time, R.E.M. wasn't too big to be cool -- yet.

Monday, March 28 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Dollhouse

Dollhouse is in many ways Joss Whedon's most challenging and most cutting edge show, trying to deal with issues that are rarely or never addressed on television. With low ratings making a third season unlikely, Joss Whedon and his writers packed the second and final season with several seasons' worth of story arcs, resulting in one of the richer narrative arcs found on TV.

Wednesday, June 9 2010

"An Adult Person": An Interview with Gareth from Los Campesinos!

In four years, Los Campesinos! have put out three albums, toured the world several times, and become critically-adored indie-rock darlings. So why is Gareth Campesinos! still obsessed with gloom and doom? Atheism, meeting fans expectations, and an aversion to their poppier early songs all make up this insightful interview.

Wednesday, April 28 2010

You Better Mind: An Interview with Sam Amidon

What do R. Kelly, bacon sandwiches, and a land-surfing Jesus have in common? They all make up a part of Sam Amidon's world, and with his stunning sophomore disc just out, he tells PopMatters all about it ...


Thursday, April 9 2015

Aidan Baker: The Confessional Tapes

One of heavy music's most prolific and interesting artists makes a quiet, patient album that stands with his best work.

Monday, February 2 2015

Glenn Branca: The Ascension

A pioneer of massed-guitar music still worth listening to.

Tuesday, December 9 2014

The American Analog Set: Know by Heart (Reissue)

They could have been contenders; they probably should have been. But ultimately the peak of this band's hushed, precise, nuanced indie rock might have been a bit too twisty to catch on.

Monday, December 8 2014

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde: High Life

For their second collaboration of 2014, these two artists remain frustratingly close to making the great album this one hints they're capable of.

Thursday, October 23 2014

Underworld: Dubnobasswithmyheadman (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)

This mammoth edition of a truly classic album is worth it for fans for the wealth of material and insight into the choices involved in its creation.

Picastro: You [16.Mar.14]
Jesu: Ascension [22.Jun.11]
Low: C'mon [13.Apr.11]
Max Richter: Infra [22.Jul.10]
Aarktica:In Sea [29.Nov.09]
Ben Klock: One [7.Jun.09]
Client: Command [5.May.09]
Tindersticks [12.Apr.09]
Milosh: iii [10.Feb.09]
Wire [2.Nov.08]
Tape: Luminarium [15.Sep.08]
Gas: Nah Und Fern [12.Aug.08]
Philip Jeck: Sand [28.Jul.08]
Wire: Object 47 [17.Jul.08]
Mogwai: Young Team [16.Jul.08]


Wednesday, January 22 2014

Noises Sound Like the End: 13 Essential Mogwai Songs

With the very fine new album Rave Tapes out this month, PopMatters looks back on Mogwai's rich career by picking 13 of the finest songs from the full span of the post-rock band's work.

Monday, December 5 2011

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Songs of 2011: A$AP Rocky

Today we presented our Best 75 Songs of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...

Tuesday, October 11 2011

Junior Boys - "Banana Ripple" (video)

Friday, June 3 2011

Careers & Beards: A Video Interview with Nick Offerman

Refraining from shaving can save the planet. To honor World Environment Day on June 5th, Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman sat down with PopMatters to discuss everything burly, bushy, and beardy ...

Hurts - "Blood, Tears & Gold" (video) (Mixed Media) [18.Jan.10]
The Stylus Decade (Mixed Media) [8.Jan.10]
Slipped Disc: Mountains – Choral (Mixed Media) [17.Dec.09]
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