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Brice Ezell
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Brice Ezell has written for PopMatters since 2011. He loves to write about music of any kind, literature, film, television, and philosophy. Progressive rock and metal are his primary interests, though there’s little in the music world he doesn’t like to engage with. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Glide Magazine (and formerly Hidden Track). You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you’re so inclined. You can also contact him through email. He is a resident of the greater Portland, OR, area.


Features

Monday, January 20 2014

Art Is a Lie, Nothing Is Real: An Interview with Bo Burnham

His third standup special was one of his most popular to date, and the 23-year-old Bo Burnham decided to release the entire thing on YouTube for free. In talking with PopMatters, Bo tells us about all the why's of what.


Monday, July 15 2013

Don't Ever Look Back: An Interview with Autre Ne Veut

PopMatters talks with Arthur Ashin, the man behind the Autre Ne Veut name, about making one of the year's best albums in the avant-R&B masterpiece Anxiety, along with the trends in R&B and contemporary pop that have influenced his diverse sound.


Monday, July 8 2013

On Wanting to Dream: An Interview with Deafheaven

PopMatters talks with lead screamer George Clarke of Deafheaven about his band's creative process, his writing influences, and the simultaneous allure and darkness of the pursuit of wealth in the Bay Area.


Wednesday, May 22 2013

Futurism Becomes Retro-Futurism: An Interview with Steven Wilson

Having established himself at the forefront of global progressive music, Steven Wilson won't rest on the success of Porcupine Tree if sonic borders remain to be breached. But first he has to find a way to signal past the noise, in a world where too many choices often send listeners screaming for the exits.


Wednesday, May 15 2013

On Nightmares Ending and Nightmarish Endings: An Interview with Eluvium

Matthew Cooper of Eluvium talks to PopMatters about the creative process, taking the leap into the world of the double album, and following up the most daring album of his career.


Columns

Sunday, April 13 2014

'Blue is the Warmest Color' Is Truly a Feast for All the Senses

What Blue is the Warmest Color demands of its viewers is to stop looking and start sensing, start engaging with cinema with all five senses.


Tuesday, March 4 2014

A Melancholy Never Far Away: An Interview with Jóhann Jóhannsson

PopMatters speaks with Jóhann Jóhannsson about his latest venture into music for cinema, his moody and melancholy score for the police thriller, McCanick.


Wednesday, December 4 2013

The Great Scores: 'The Fountain's Sonic Road to Awe

Clint Mansell’s score for Darren Aronofsky’s metaphysical science fiction film, The Fountain, is a masterpiece of both film music and contemporary art music.


Sunday, October 20 2013

The Silence of Distortion: An Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn and Peter Peter

PopMatters speaks with director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Peter Peter about the long overdue release of Peter's score to Refn's 2010 Middle Ages brooder, Valhalla Rising, and its undulating dark ambient music.


Wednesday, September 4 2013

Getting Good at Getting Dark: An Interview with Cliff Martinez

PopMatters speaks with Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez about working with Nicolas Winding Refn, writing music for bloody movies, and finding success in film music.


Reviews

Wednesday, April 16 2014

Boundaries Are All Fictions in Godard's "Breathless"

Even now, after countless reviews and essays, it's easy to be captivated by the way Godard obfuscates our expectations for cinematic art.


Monday, April 14 2014

Lilacs and Champagne: Midnight Features Vol. 1: Shower Scene

With Midnight Features Vol. 1: Shower Scene, the sample-heavy duo of Lilacs and Champagne prove that their one-of-a-kind sonic can function beyond the realms of the recording studio.


Monday, March 31 2014

Nickel Creek: A Dotted Line

For its first album in nine years, Nickel Creek tames down the displays of virtuosity that defined much of their previous albums, offering up a more pastoral take on their otherwise “newgrass" take on bluegrass.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

Perfect Pussy: Say Yes to Love

Say Yes to Love, the debut by the much-hyped Syracuse punk outfit Perfect Pussy, is full of honesty and promise, even if the band’s style is rough around the edges -- and not in the way that it intends.


Tuesday, March 18 2014

Helms Alee: Sleepwalking Sailors

Seattle-based loud rock outfit Helms Alee mixes together an array of rock and metal genres, all the while offering up actual hooks. If it's on-paper ridiculous, it's also executed surprisingly well.


Blackfield: IV [29.Aug.13]
Moderat: II [22.Aug.13]
Palms: Palms [7.Jul.13]
The Olms: The Olms [13.Jun.13]
Boris: Präparat [24.Apr.13]
TTNG: 13.0.0.0.0 [24.Jan.13]
Callers: Reviver [3.Dec.12]
Isis: Temporal [4.Nov.12]
Momus: Bibliotek [28.Oct.12]
Muse: The 2nd Law [30.Sep.12]
Ihsahn: Eremita [23.Aug.12]
Ice Choir: Afar [29.Jul.12]
Emily Wells: Mama [25.Jun.12]
Geographer: Myth [11.Apr.12]
Pontiak: Echo Ono [18.Mar.12]
Mutemath: Odd Soul [14.Nov.11]
Sigur Rós: Inni [6.Nov.11]
Feist: Metals [2.Oct.11]
Opeth: Heritage [29.Sep.11]
Hella: Tripper [29.Aug.11]

Blogs

Thursday, April 3 2014

Kari Rueslåtten: "Rainy Days Ahead" (Premiere)

PopMatters is proud to debut the new music video by Norwegian singer/songwriter Kari Rueslåtten, the invitingly warm "Rainy Days Ahead".


Monday, March 17 2014

Tim Larson - "The Unquiet Grave" (MP3) (Premiere)

For those not keen on spending their St. Patrick's day in an Irish pub drinking green beer whilst strategically avoiding puddles of vomit on the floor, singer/songwriter Tim Larson's spare cover of the traditional "The Unquiet Grave" ought to do the trick.


Monday, January 27 2014

Modern Rivals - "The Dead Leaves" (stream) (Premiere)

Have a first listen at "The Dead Leaves", a sunny slice of indie pop from the New York-based songwriters behind the promising Modern Rivals.


Monday, October 21 2013

Okta Logue: “Dream On” (video) (Premiere)

The German psych/prog outfit Okta Logue has kindly offered PopMatters the premiere of the fourth video from their Tales of Transit City LP, "Dream On."


Friday, September 20 2013

Christopher Lennertz—“Thanks for Sharing” (Video Interview) (PopMatters Premiere)

PopMatters offers an exclusive look at an interview with film scorer Christopher Lennertz, the composer behind Stuart Blumberg’s dramedy Thanks for Sharing.


The Top 10 Steven Wilson Recordings (Sound Affects) [20.Feb.13]
Lilacs & Champagne Announce New Album (Mixed Media) [15.Feb.13]
Autre Ne Veut - "Play by Play" (video) (Mixed Media) [30.Jan.13]
The 10 Best Oasis B-Sides (Sound Affects) [25.Jul.12]
'Le Doulos': Melville’s Game of Shadows (Short Ends and Leader) [11.May.12]
The Best Film Scores of the 2000s (Sound Affects) [29.Feb.12]
Stripped Down: The 10 Best Acoustic Covers (Sound Affects) [11.Jan.12]
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