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Brice Ezell
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Brice Ezell is the Assistant Editor of PopMatters, where he also reviews music, film, and books, which he has done since 2011. He also is the creator of PopMatters’ Notes on Celluloid column, which covers the world of film music. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Glide Magazine (formerly Hidden Track). His short story, “Belle de Jour”, was published in 67 Press’ inaugural publication The Salmagundi: An Anthology. You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you’re so inclined. He lives in Chicago.


Features

Thursday, October 2 2014

Is Everything in Its Right Place? A (Polite) Dissent to 'Kid A'

Kid A is more fun to think and write about than it is to actually listen to.


Monday, July 28 2014

An Honest Liar: An Interview with Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins

PopMatters catches up with Sean Watkins during one of his busiest years as a musician yet, which finds him touring with Nickel Creek, recording with Tom Brosseau, and releasing his new solo record, All I Do Is Lie.


Monday, July 7 2014

Still Stranger, Ten Years Later: An Interview with Tim Bowness

PopMatters catches up with singer and wordsmith Tim Bowness to talk about the creative process behind Together We're Stranger, its lyrical influences, and how it fits into the band's diverse career.


Friday, June 20 2014

Home Video - 'Here in Weightless Fall' (album stream) (Premiere)

The inviting melancholy of Home Video's Here in Weightless Fall, a document of a group that knows exactly how to write moody electronic music, is available to stream here exclusively at PopMatters.


Friday, June 13 2014

Yann Tiersen Breaks Down ∞ Track-By-Track (video) (Premiere)

Following the release of Yann Tiersen's much-acclaimed new album, the atmospheric and enveloping , PopMatters has the exclusive track-by track breakdown of the LP by Tiersen himself.


Columns

Wednesday, July 9 2014

Should Film Music Stand Alone?

In evaluating what makes a great film score, writers, composers, and listeners must ask themselves if the function of cinematic music limits the form it has to take.


Monday, May 12 2014

'Her' and Masculinity in the Post-Digital Age

The ghost in the machine may have receded into the digital aether, but Theodore’s preconceptions about women have not.


Thursday, May 8 2014

That Which Crawls Out of Speakers and Inches Along Your Nerves: Notable Film Scores of Early 2014

From Biblical epics to run-of-the-mill rom-coms, Notes on Celluloid takes a look at (and listen to) some of the strongest film music of 2014 thus far.


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.


Reviews

Sunday, October 19 2014

Jukebox the Ghost: Jukebox the Ghost

In overemphasizing the pure pop side of its style, Jukebox the Ghost oversimplifies and dumbs down its songwriting smarts.


Thursday, September 18 2014

Sondre Lerche: Please

Prior to Please, it was fair to say that Sondre Lerche could make a great record. With Please, however, he's one-upped himself and made a masterpiece.


Thursday, September 11 2014

Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer: Bass and Mandolin

Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer meet up for a second time, making music that, unsurprisingly, sounds like it was made for virtuosos.


Tuesday, September 9 2014

'Night Moves' Depicts the Blindness and Violence of Ideology

Never once do Night Moves's three lead characters genuinely consider the ramifications of what they're doing. Naturally, they can't foresee their downfall.


Tuesday, September 9 2014

The Teachers Are the Children in 'Words and Pictures'

The premise of the film is too silly to ring as true, but the palpable chemistry of Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche makes this an enjoyable trifle.


Swans: To Be Kind [11.May.14]
Gazpacho: Demon [30.Apr.14]
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

Monday, October 20 2014

Run Boy Run - 'Something to Someone' (album stream) (Premiere)

The familial vocal harmonies and gentle string arrangements of Run Boy Run's Something to Someone make it a lovely autumnal bluegrass experience.


Monday, October 20 2014

moe. - "Same Old Story" (video) (Premiere)

The latest video from the longstanding jam group moe., "Same Old Story", directed by Jay Blakesberg, is a sprightly run through a graveyard.


Monday, October 20 2014

England in 1819 - 'Summer Lightning EP' (audio) (Premiere)

A vibrant collection of '80s-inspired indie rock, Summer Lightning EP is another step forward for this Baton Rouge duo.


Friday, October 17 2014

Cracker - 'Waited My Whole Life' (audio) (Premiere)

Cracker nails the vintage California rock vibe with its latest single, "Waited My Whole Life".


Friday, October 17 2014

The Actions - "The Echo" (audio) (Premiere)

Following their tour dates with Green Day, the Actions have a new single, the bass-centric rocker "The Echo".


Röyksopp - "Sordid Affair" (audio) (Mixed Media) [13.Oct.14]
T0W3RS - "Cups" (audio) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [9.Oct.14]
Battle Trance: Chicago - 7 September 2014 (Notes from the Road) [8.Sep.14]
Bob Mould - "The War" (video) (Mixed Media) [5.Sep.14]
David Gray: Chicago - 18 August 2014 (Notes from the Road) [20.Aug.14]
The Bug - "Void/Function" (audio) (Mixed Media) [16.Jul.14]
The Afghan Whigs - 'Matamoros' (video) (Mixed Media) [14.Jul.14]
Jessie Ware - "Tough Love" (video) (Mixed Media) [9.Jul.14]
Jungle - "Time" (video) (Mixed Media) [8.Jul.14]
Paul McCartney - "Early Days" (video) (Mixed Media) [8.Jul.14]
Lines West - "Lover" (audio) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [25.Jun.14]
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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