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John Bergstrom
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PopMatters Associate Music Editor

John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of “first good female rocker” was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


Monday, March 12 2012

Can't Even Be Bothered: Two Great British Indie Rock Albums Turn 20

They are not the best-known or most-celebrated works by their respective bands. But Ride's Going Blank Again and the Charlatans' Between 10th and 11th are seminal touchstones of 1990s British indie rock, "Deluxe Anniversary Editions" or not.

Thursday, November 12 2009

The "Worst" of The Beatles: A Contradiction in Terms?

Certainly not!

Sunday, November 23 2008

Various Artists: Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia

You definitely know Motown. You probably know Stax. But it's time to get (re)acquainted with the other big player in the golden age of soul music -- Philly.

Wednesday, November 8 2006

A Sleek, Sporty European Roadster: Reconsidering Depeche Mode

Throughout the 1980s, Depeche Mode built a consistent, hugely-influential body of work. And then they very nearly parodied it. These three luxury reissues tell that story in thrilling fashion.

Wednesday, June 28 2006

(Just) Boys from Basildon: The Depeche Mode Reissues

Were the modern rock heroes masters of their own brand of Socratic irony, or were they just what they claimed to be -- fortunate working-class boys? This excellently-packaged set of remasters offers some fascinating clues.


Sunday, July 20 2014

Lee Scratch Perry: Back on the Controls

With the best of intentions, British producer Daniel Boyle reunites Scratch with his vintage '70s dub equipment.

Wednesday, July 16 2014

Bombay Dub Orchestra: Tales From the Grand Bazaar

Still more world muzak from the globetrotting English duo.

Sunday, July 13 2014

Various Artists: The Motown 7s Box Volume 2

The second set of Northern Soul-flavored 7x7"-singles from the legendary soul label highlights just how tough it is to consider the Motown sound objectively these days.

Thursday, June 26 2014

Morrissey: Vauxhall and I (20th Anniversary Definitive Master)

Vauxhall and I has long been considered a pinnacle of Morrissey's solo work... is it still?

Wednesday, June 18 2014

Nightmares on Wax: N.O.W. Is the Time

Career-spanning retrospective from Nightmares on Wax takes in black music from jazz and blues to funk and hip-hop, and then some more.

Ben Watt: Hendra [1.May.14]
Davidge: Slo Light [23.Apr.14]
Whomadewho: Dreams [17.Mar.14]
Zomby: With Love [10.Sep.13]
Actress: R.I.P. [5.Jun.12]
Blondes: Blondes [12.Apr.12]
VCMG: Ssss [14.Mar.12]
Scuba: DJ Kicks [12.Jan.12]
Ivy: All Hours [28.Sep.11]
Jonny: Jonny [3.May.11]
Mr. Mister: Pull [3.Mar.11]
Eskmo: Eskmo [28.Feb.11]
BARB: BARB [29.Nov.10]
Booka Shade: More! [17.Aug.10]
Hey Champ: Star [9.Aug.10]
Funki Porcini: On [30.Jun.10]
Magda: Fabric 49 [14.Apr.10]
Dub Tractor: Sorry [15.Mar.10]
N-Type: Rinse: 09 [27.Sep.09]
Omar-S: Fabric 45 [19.May.09]
Pet Shop Boys: Yes [20.Apr.09]
Chop Chop: Screens [18.Jan.09]
Âme: Fabric 42 [12.Oct.08]
Colette: Push [15.Nov.07]
Recoil: subHuman [18.Sep.07]
Pepper: No Shame [29.Oct.06]
12twelve: LUnivers [18.Oct.06]
Clor: Clor [5.Dec.05]
Cartel: Chroma [6.Nov.05]
Soel: Memento [13.Jul.05]
Moog (2004) [26.May.05]
Gong: You [17.May.05]
Fluke: Puppy [23.Jun.04]


Tuesday, March 12 2013

Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly Electronic Label to Become a Catalogue Label

Buzzin' Fly Records, the much-respected progressive house and electronic label, will stop releasing new material and become "archive only", according to founder Ben Watt.

Thursday, January 24 2013

Depeche Mode Reveal Release Date, Track List for New Album 'Delta Machine'

Depeche Mode have via their official webiste revealed details of their new album.

Thursday, December 13 2012

Bubbling Under the Top 75: Soulsavers - 'The Light the Dead See'

PopMatters spotlights a few additional 2012 albums that didn't quite crack the Best 75 list.

Tuesday, December 11 2012

Bubbling Under the Top 75: The Vaccines - 'Come of Age'

PopMatters spotlights a few additional 2012 albums that didn't quite crack the Best 75 list.

Tuesday, October 23 2012

Depeche Mode Announce New Album, Preview New Song

When describing the new material, Depeche Mode made comparisons with past successes Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion.

Download the Wild Swans' "In Secret" (Mixed Media) [15.Aug.11]
Charlie Louvin 1927-2011 (Mixed Media) [26.Jan.11]
The The - Tony soundtrack (new album) (Mixed Media) [23.May.10]
Rogue Wave Cover Depeche Mode (video) (Mixed Media) [3.May.10]
Depeche Mode - "Wrong" (video) (Mixed Media) [2.Mar.09]
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia (Consuming Consumables) [7.Dec.08]
Over the Rhine - Snow Angels [$16.98] (Consuming Consumables) [16.Dec.07]
Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Shows [$20.99] (Consuming Consumables) [18.Dec.06]
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