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Tuesday, September 2 2014

Thought of Sound: An Interview with Matt Sharp of the Rentals

With years between albums, a lot of factors, including a "get here now so we can record" email from the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, was what got Matt Sharp's the Rentals back into gear.


Sunday, August 3 2014

They'll Be Alright: An Interview with Will Oldham and Emmett Kelly

Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Emmett Kelly of the Cairo Gang decided to record a song for a 1971 surf documentary soundtrack. Things only get stranger from there.


Sunday, May 4 2014

Evocation of the Ancestors: An Interview with the Bad Plus

In tackling Stravinsky, the Bad Plus tell PopMatters how they've met their most interesting challenge yet.


Monday, January 27 2014

No Medicine for Regret: An Interview with Mogwai

One of the most compelling indie-rock titans out there today, the intriguingly-titled Rave Tapes proves to be yet another fascinating red herring, and the band tells us about the album's development, running a label with a cadre of artists, and oh so much more ...


Tuesday, August 27 2013

"I'm Not an Old Moldy Fig, I'm Down with Everything": An Interview with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a musical institution. On their new album, That's It!, original compositions come into play, and with the likes of Jim James, no less. Tubist and double bassist Ben Jaffe tells PopMatters all about it.


Reviews

Tuesday, December 16 2014

Buddhism Wins and Crack Loses in 'Herbie Hancock: Possibilities'

Herbie Hancock's memoir shows us how possibilities in and of themselves can be fleeting, but their ripple effects can go on nearly forever.


Monday, December 15 2014

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to African Blues

Yes, there's already been one Rough Guide to African Blues. But don't go thinking this is more of the same.


Thursday, December 11 2014

Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes

Philip Glass' collection of 20 etudes, written over a span of 19 years, is given a moving performance by the virtuosic pianist Maki Namekawa.


Thursday, December 11 2014

The Dead Milkmen: Pretty Music for Pretty People

Pretty Music for Pretty People is fun. Fortunately, that's not the only thing going for it.


Thursday, December 11 2014

Smashing Pumpkins: Monuments to an Elegy

Meet the new Smashing Pumpkins, gradually distancing themselves from the old Smashing Pumpkins.


Deru: 1979 [29.Sep.14]
InterStatic: Arise [15.Sep.14]
Peter Murphy: Lion [30.Jun.14]
Plymouth: Plymouth [12.May.14]
Barbez: Bella Ciao [18.Nov.13]
The Thing: BOOT! [14.Nov.13]
Moby: Innocents [2.Oct.13]
Jocelyn Pook: Desh [22.Apr.13]
Little Women: Lung [16.Apr.13]
Qluster: Lauschen [11.Mar.13]
Kaki King: Glow [21.Oct.12]
Holy Other: Held [4.Sep.12]
Acid Pauli: mst [14.Aug.12]
FFEAR: Mirage [12.Aug.12]
Steve Howe: Time [16.May.12]
Orbital: Wonky [9.Apr.12]
Albatrosh: Yonkers [23.Jan.12]
Liam Finn: FOMO [13.Jul.11]
Yes: Fly From Here [13.Jul.11]
3:33: EP-1 [5.Apr.11]
Food: Quiet Inlet [25.Jul.10]
Rooney: Eureka [23.Jun.10]

Blogs

Thursday, March 27 2014

All India Radio: Ghost Songs: Remixed & Unreleased Tracks Vol. 3

Chilltronic outfit All India Radio give us more free rarities.


Monday, March 10 2014

Ancient Pistol's Reverbnation Account

All the freebies a CDR can hold!


Tuesday, February 25 2014

Free Jazz Site Destination: Out Is Shutting Down

The MP-Free jazz website is grinding to a halt.


Tuesday, February 18 2014

Marty Willson-Piper, Deep in His Music Archive

Singer/songwriter/guitarist shares his musical obsessions.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

Nir Felder - "Ernest /Protector" (stream) (Premiere)

PopMatters premieres "Ernest / Protector", one of the flashier tracks from jazz guitarist Nir Felder's forthcoming debut album Golden Age.


Elizabeth Mitchell - Rollin’ Baby (Mixed Media) [31.Oct.11]
Coldplay - "Paradise" (Mixed Media) [27.Sep.11]
Descendre Offers Four tracks for Free (Mixed Media) [13.Sep.11]
Ben Kono - "Paradise in Manzanar" Live (Mixed Media) [13.Jul.11]
Hullabaloo: "Green Beans Everywhere" (Mixed Media) [5.Jul.11]
Gutbucket Addresses Their Flock (Mixed Media) [30.Jun.11]
All India Radio: Free EP (Mixed Media) [7.Apr.11]
Kermit Driscoll - Reveille (video) (Mixed Media) [7.Mar.11]
Dave Douglas in 2011 (Mixed Media) [2.Mar.11]
Adrian Legg’s New Album Is "Slow" (Mixed Media) [17.Jan.11]
Robyn Hitchcock & the Hungry Moment (Mixed Media) [16.Aug.10]
Wanna Know What's Funny? Weezer. (Mixed Media) [14.Jul.10]
Farewell to Fred Anderson (Mixed Media) [30.Jun.10]
Steve Kilbey: Monsters n Mirages (Mixed Media) [29.Jun.10]
The Electric Grandmother Discography (Mixed Media) [17.Jun.10]
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