John L. Murphy
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Born in Los Angeles but should have been born in my parental Ireland. Find me at:"Blogtrotter".

Features // 2 Articles
Columns // 15 Articles
Reviews // 177 Articles
Blogs // 3 Articles
//Features

"Just Walk Into That Cloud": Finding Bhutan in Books and Film | 18 Mar 2013 // 5:10 PM

"Happy peasants in bountiful fields. A King who's too good to be true.... I'm making photos, shooting video and collecting stories. Everybody in Bhutan's got a story -- some of them might even be true."

Wandering Through: An Interview with Elf Power | 6 Apr 2011 // 9:28 PM

Starring in surrealist films? Stumbling upon comic-book cover art? These are just some of the questions answered by Elf Power as they continue to celebrate the release of their 10th album.

//Columns

What Would Don Draper Do? Reading Dante in a Secular Age | 24 Mar 2015 // 8:30 PM

Many readers of our generation emulate Don Draper, having lost Dante's connections to Christianity or perhaps to any such deity.

'American Interior': A Multimedia Tale of a Welsh Vision Quest | 18 Dec 2014 // 8:30 PM

Gruff Rhys' innovative, multi-platform narrative unfolds the beguiling and intriguing narrative of an enigmatic Welshman seeking out his kind... in America.

//Reviews

Damon and Naomi: Fortune | 22 Mar 2015 // 8:02 PM

Another confident expression of this couple's quiet command of music and lyrics, Fortune wins us over again.

Fawn Spots: From Safer Place | 8 Mar 2015 // 8:05 PM

Moments of calm within the hurricane rush of massed vocals and guitars, from a young York, England, punk trio.

//Blogs

A Punk Collage in the Spirit of Walter Benjamin | 30 Aug 2010 // 2:00 AM

Why did punk implode so rapidly? Why did its bands flare up and fade out? And how did this movement resist yet revamp the hippies they rushed to replace?

J.C. Hallman's The Hospital for Bad Poets | 30 Apr 2010 // 2:00 AM

Twilit zones: suburban malcontents and post-modern autodidacts roam, ponder, fret, and mull.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

// Sound Affects

"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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