Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on WNYC’s Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone’s hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of ‘Til Tuesday’s 1985 debut Voices Carry, and many others. He is a current member of The Recording Academy and resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.
Monday, January 27 2014
Was this a great broadcast? It hasn't been for years. But quite frankly, the Grammy Awards may very well turn into a consistently solid event if they just focus on the performance styles that work and slightly retool their format.
Monday, October 28 2013
Lou Reed lived an extraordinary life, but that's mainly because he never followed any existing archetype. He was Lou Reed, and there was never anyone like him before, and there will never be anyone like him after.
Monday, October 14 2013
PopMatters is pleased to premiere Milk Money, the latest album by prolific multi-instrumentalist Dosh.
Monday, October 14 2013
They organized a carnival-like festival with no opening acts. His solo album had zero outside contributors. Now, Alex Ebert's musical empire has never been more expansive, and tells PopMatters about branding, musical commerce, and wanting to record a jazz album.
Sunday, September 29 2013
Still Life Still talks to PopMatters about their new disc, growing up on violent movies, and how they never want to leave the public consciousness for that long ever again.
Sunday, October 17 2010
The 24-hour News Cycle Rhetoric Yields to Something Far More Human in 'The Promise: President Obama'
This book works because it doesn't skimp on details: the reason behind every major Obama Year One decision is explained, and the result is fascinating. If only Alter toned down the declarative statements...
Monday, February 24 2014
Thor worked due to its surprisingly-effective Shakespearean framework. Thor: The Dark World follows conventional Hollywood tropes and suffers for it.
Sunday, February 23 2014
Morning Phase may not be the out-and-out masterpiece that everyone says it is, but anytime we are blessed with a very-good Beck album, the world is all the richer because of it.
Tuesday, February 4 2014
Dallas Buyers Club works because it doesn't over-sentimentalize its subject, and for that reason alone, it has quite the emotional impact.
Thursday, January 23 2014
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor leans towards the lighter side of the Whoniverse.
Monday, January 6 2014
The Best Band You're Still Not Listening To continue to just casually churn out some of the finest '70s-rock inspired albums since the '70s. Noodly guitar aficionados especially are in for a treat.
Tuesday, March 11 2014
He was Prince's bassist and an underrated solo star. Now, with his first solo album in literally decades, André Cymone tells us about all things Streisand, Obama, and James Blake.
Thursday, March 6 2014
Everyone's favorite avant-garde pop weirdo is at it again, and with the recent videos taking on a more aquatic vibe, the music, thankfully, remains as top-quality as ever.
Wednesday, March 5 2014
Coldplay have been teasing out new material on soundtracks and the like, but this new fairly ominous track is unlike anything they've ever done before -- and it's the best thing that could ever happen to them.
Wednesday, February 5 2014
When Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born came together for 1997's sole Latyrx album, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, and more helped turn it into an underground classic. The long-awaited follow-up arrived at long last in 2013, and the only thing that's as entertaining as The Second Album is their answers to our 20 Questions ...
Tuesday, December 10 2013
It's pitched somewhere between "Disco Duck" and "Dick in a Box" on the novelty song scale, but Ylvis bamboozled the nation with a parody song so moronic it became a Top 10 hit. That is an absolutely absurd accomplishment, and it almost makes me laugh as much as the song itself does.