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Evan Sawdey
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PopMatters Interviews Editor

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 many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV’s “Revolt Live!”, and 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 (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


Features

Tuesday, August 12 2014

"You Should Have to Make Your Case with Comedy": An Interview with MST3K's Michael J. Nelson

He has been the host and head writer of both Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax, and now takes on his biggest comedy challenge yet: riffing 1998's Godzilla in front of a live audience.


Monday, July 14 2014

Do What You Want: OK Go and the New Landscape of Artistic Integrity

I wrote a piece wondering why OK Go's videos were so good but their songs seemed to be lacking. It generated a lot of great responses -- and then OK Go's Damian Kulash decided to give me a ring.


Sunday, June 22 2014

Optical Illusions: The Problem with OK Go's Accidental Legacy

They started out with great songs. Then they made amazing music videos. Now, their songs serve as soundtracks to viral meme-fodder and little else.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

20 Questions: Say Hi

Eric Elbogen is a music critic turned indie rock icon. His latest, Endless Wonder, just released. And he wants to name his kid after a cracker company.


Wednesday, June 4 2014

20 Questions: RAC + Matthew Koma (Video Premiere)

RAC has been remixing indie wunderkids (and video game themes) for years. Matthew Koma co-wrote songs for Zedd and Carly Rae Jepsen. Together, their song "Cheap Sunglasses" is unquestioned pop perfection.


Columns

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...


Reviews

Sunday, August 24 2014

Ariana Grande: My Everything

In trying to sound like everything else on the charts, Ariana Grande continues to have one of pop music's most distinctive voices that has very little to say.


Tuesday, August 5 2014

Killer Choreography Consumes the 'Ong Bak Trilogy'

Tony Jaa still has a long way to go before he becomes a household name, but as this box set proves, he's well on his way—and may just be able to afford an acting lesson or two as well.


Sunday, August 3 2014

Joyous Cadre of Cinematic Excrement: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXX'

There are good MST3K box sets, and then there are great MST3K box sets. The difference? All the Jack Palance jokes you could ever hope for.


Thursday, July 31 2014

Beth Orton: Central Reservation: Revisited

Central Reservation was one of the best albums released in the past 20 years, and although the bonus material gives some new insight, the power of the original remains as potent as ever.


Thursday, July 31 2014

R. Kelly: The Essential R. Kelly

Subtlety was never R. Kelly's strong suit, which is both his greatest gift and his greatest curse.


Lady Gaga: Artpop [10.Nov.13]
Katy Perry: Prism [20.Oct.13]
Kanye West: Yeezus [16.Jun.13]
Ke$ha: Warrior [3.Dec.12]
Dodos: No Color [7.Apr.11]
Robyn: Body Talk [22.Nov.10]
Star Trek (2009) [20.Jan.10]
Shakira: She Wolf [23.Nov.09]
Weezer: Raditude [1.Nov.09]
White Denim: Fits [19.Oct.09]
Kleerup: Kleerup [23.Jul.09]
Oneida: Rated O [13.Jul.09]
Revolutionary Road [31.May.09]
Kinky: Barracuda [24.Feb.09]
Pink: Funhouse [4.Nov.08]
Doomsday [17.Aug.08]
Spa: Spa [20.Apr.08]
Kylie Minogue: X [31.Mar.08]
Kelis: The Hits [19.Mar.08]
Joshua [29.Jan.08]
The Nines [27.Jan.08]
Gorillaz: D-Sides [27.Nov.07]
Josh Small: Tall [20.Sep.07]
Monument: Decades [30.Aug.07]
Justice: Cross [1.Jul.07]
Cosm: 6 Song EP [29.May.07]
The Bad Plus: Prog [28.May.07]
Gus Gus: Forever [21.Mar.07]
Kinky: Reina [17.Oct.06]
DJ Olive: Heaps As [20.Jul.06]

Blogs

Tuesday, August 26 2014

20 Questions: Slow Club

This Sheffield duo takes great care to craft new types of songs on every album, and also tell us that the soundtrack to Sister Act 2 just may be the greatest album ever made ...


Monday, August 25 2014

Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "Downtown"

Their last song is a bit of a party-ending lark (a cover of Petula Clark's "Downtown"), but cooling down is just the move needed to close out one of the greatest pop albums in history.


Tuesday, August 19 2014

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" is Catchy, Fun, & Full of Id

Few can deny that Swift is a talented songwriter, but there are only so many times she can attack her "haters" before that trope feels as worn as a months-old US Weekly still sitting on the top of your toilet.


Monday, August 18 2014

Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "6060-842"

Sorry, Tommy Tutone: the B-52's had you beat at this a long long time ago.


Monday, August 11 2014

Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "Hero Worship"

There are no vocal overdubs, no excessive instrumentation, and a relatively straightforward lyrical slant. In short, it shouldn't be a B-52's song ... but that's part of the charm as to why it is an essential one.


20 Questions: The Verve Pipe (Sound Affects) [15.Jul.14]
20 Questions: Unicycle Loves You (Sound Affects) [28.May.14]
20 Questions: Woo (Sound Affects) [30.Apr.14]
The Music Industry's "1-2%" Death Knell (Sound Affects) [22.Apr.14]
20 Questions: We Are Scientists (Sound Affects) [16.Apr.14]
20 Questions: Barzin (Sound Affects) [3.Apr.14]
20 Questions: New Bums (Sound Affects) [18.Mar.14]
20 Questions: André Cymone (Sound Affects) [11.Mar.14]
SINGLE REVIEW: Coldplay's "Midnight" (Sound Affects) [5.Mar.14]
20 Questions: Latyrx (Sound Affects) [5.Feb.14]
20 Questions: Anoraak (Sound Affects) [27.Nov.13]
20 Questions: Mansions (Sound Affects) [14.Nov.13]
20 Questions: Kwes (Sound Affects) [12.Nov.13]
20 Questions: Glasser (Sound Affects) [5.Nov.13]
20 Questions: Black Hearted Brother (Sound Affects) [14.Oct.13]
Katy Perry's "Roar" Is Surprisingly Tame (Sound Affects) [13.Aug.13]
20 Questions: Gauntlet Hair (Sound Affects) [6.Aug.13]
20 Questions: Bibio (Sound Affects) [26.Jun.13]
20 Questions: Meat Puppets (Sound Affects) [16.Apr.13]
20 Questions: Bad Rabbits (Sound Affects) [9.Apr.13]
20 Questions: On An On (Sound Affects) [19.Mar.13]
20 Questions: Popstrangers (Sound Affects) [11.Mar.13]
20 Questions: Hey Ocean! (Sound Affects) [4.Mar.13]
20 Questions: Missy Mazzoli (Sound Affects) [29.Jan.13]
20 Questions: Taken by Trees (Sound Affects) [16.Oct.12]
20 Questions: Youngblood Hawke (Sound Affects) [27.Sep.12]
20 Questions: Rah Rah (Sound Affects) [25.Sep.12]
20 Questions: Langhorne Slim (Sound Affects) [18.Sep.12]
20 Questions: múm (Sound Affects) [11.Sep.12]
20 Questions: River City Extension (Sound Affects) [14.Aug.12]
20 Questions: Tu Fawning (Sound Affects) [31.Jul.12]
Why the Blur 21 Box Set is Worth Your Time (Sound Affects) [24.Jul.12]
20 Questions: Dev (Sound Affects) [18.Jul.12]
20 Questions: We Are Serenades (Sound Affects) [19.Jun.12]
20 Questions: Kool Keith (Sound Affects) [6.Jun.12]
20 Questions: Hannibal Buress (Sound Affects) [30.May.12]
20 Questions: Martin Sexton (Sound Affects) [3.Apr.12]
20 Questions: Ruthie Foster (Sound Affects) [27.Mar.12]
20 Questions: Christopher Paul Stelling (Sound Affects) [20.Mar.12]
20 Questions: Phantogram (Sound Affects) [31.Jan.12]
20 Questions: Pyyramids (Sound Affects) [3.Jan.12]
My Top 5: Hurricane Bells (Sound Affects) [30.Nov.11]
20 Questions: Radiation City (Sound Affects) [15.Nov.11]
20 Questions: Mr. Gnome (Sound Affects) [1.Nov.11]
20 Questions: Casiokids' Omar E. Johnsen (Sound Affects) [11.Oct.11]
20 Questions: JD Souther (Sound Affects) [20.Sep.11]
20 Questions: Parachute (Sound Affects) [13.Sep.11]
20 Questions: Wax (Sound Affects) [8.Sep.11]
20 Questions: Planningtorock (Sound Affects) [2.Aug.11]
20 Questions: The Globes (Sound Affects) [14.Jun.11]
20 Questions: Fredrik (Sound Affects) [7.Jun.11]
"Sympathy For Delicious" Star Responds to PopMatters (Short Ends and Leader) [29.Apr.11]
20 Questions: LMFAO (Bamboozle Festival) (Sound Affects) [8.Apr.11]
20 Questions: Ben + Vesper (Sound Affects) [29.Mar.11]
20 Questions: Ima Robot (Sound Affects) [22.Feb.11]
20 Questions: Say Hi (Sound Affects) [17.Feb.11]
Track Review: Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (Sound Affects) [15.Feb.11]
The Greatest Movie Trailer of All Time? (Short Ends and Leader) [28.Jan.11]
20 Questions: Common Grackle (Sound Affects) [18.Jan.11]
20 Questions: Tom Zé (Sound Affects) [14.Dec.10]
20 Questions: Lana Mir (Sound Affects) [14.Sep.10]
20 Questions: Mice Parade (Sound Affects) [7.Sep.10]
20 Questions: River City Extension (Sound Affects) [24.Aug.10]
20 Questions: Tokyo Police Club (Sound Affects) [10.Aug.10]
20 Questions: Microtia (Sound Affects) [26.Jul.10]
20 Questions: Justin Currie (Sound Affects) [20.Jun.10]
20 Questions: Christy & Emily (Sound Affects) [18.Jun.10]
20 Questions: Casiokids (Sound Affects) [15.Jun.10]
20 Questions: Angus and Julia Stone (Sound Affects) [3.Jun.10]
20 Questions: Kerretta (Sound Affects) [2.Jun.10]
20 Questions: 30db (Sound Affects) [27.May.10]
20 Questions: The Wave Pictures (Sound Affects) [21.May.10]
20 Questions: Matt Pond PA (Sound Affects) [13.May.10]
20 Questions: Patrick & Eugene (Sound Affects) [14.Mar.10]
20 Questions: Pinback's Zach Smith (Sound Affects) [10.Mar.10]
20 Questions: Ben Frost (Sound Affects) [23.Feb.10]
20 Questions: Nouvelle Vague (Sound Affects) [21.Jan.10]
20 Questions: Still Life Still (Sound Affects) [16.Jan.10]
Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records (Consuming Consumables) [23.Nov.09]
Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" Video: WTF? (Mixed Media) [12.Nov.09]
Spaced: The Complete Series (Consuming Consumables) [11.Dec.08]
Top 5 Videos of 2008: Evan Sawdey (Mixed Media) [10.Dec.08]
The Big Lebowski: 10th Anniversary Edition (Consuming Consumables) [3.Dec.08]
Breakdancing Demons Make My Day (Sound Affects) [9.Oct.08]
Mindless violence or something deeper? (Sound Affects) [3.May.08]
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