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Brice Ezell
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PopMatters Assistant Editor

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

Sunday, December 21 2014

'The Interview' and Free Speech: A Plausible Alternative

Sony’s cancellation of the 25 December screening of The Interview may not be the free speech catastrophe that it's being made out to be.


Monday, November 3 2014

"Music Will Be Your Friend When No One Else Can": An Interview With Mike Farris

PopMatters caught up with Mike Farris at the 2014 Americana Music Festival. His work places him firmly in the legacy of soul greats like Sam Moore and Otis Redding.


Wednesday, October 22 2014

"Music Requires a Journey Out of You": An Interview with John Cowan

New Grass Revival frontman John Cowan talks to PopMatters about the tricks of being a singing bass player, the new developments in folk music, and the career-spanning feel of his latest record, Sixty.


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.


Columns

Monday, December 15 2014

A Healthy Dose of Darkness: The Best Film Scores of 2014

The year 2014 saw classic composer/director teams hit new highs, as well as a considerable dark streak take over the world of film scoring.


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.


Reviews

Thursday, December 18 2014

Bastille: VS. (Other People's Heartache Pt. 3)

VS. both affirms Bastille's successes up to this point and highlights the weaknesses that need to be remediated as the band moves forward.


Monday, November 24 2014

Žižek Continues His Love Affair With Hegel in 'Absolute Recoil'

Absolute Recoil is less a "major philosophical intervention" and more a natural continuation of Žižek's decades-long project of interpreting the world through Hegelian and Lacanian analysis.


Sunday, November 9 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman Grappled With Broken Systems in His Final Roles

Both A Most Wanted Man and God's Pocket reminder us of how Hoffman always rose to the occasion of the role and drew our attention to the larger structures at play.


Sunday, November 2 2014

In 'Child of God', the Evil is Banal

James Franco's attempt to adapt Cormac McCarthy's novel Child of God for the screen confuses merely depicting horrendous evil with saying something interesting about it.


Monday, October 27 2014

'The Science Delusion' Makes a Familiar Argument From a Fresh Angle

Curtis White's arguments against the myopia of New Atheism have been made by many philosophers before him, but his alternative provides new insights into the follies of scientism.


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

Friday, December 19 2014

Kristin Andreassen - "The New Ground" (audio) (Premiere)

Folk musician Kristin Andreassen's new album, Gondolier, out in February, features contributions from Aoife O'Donovan and members of Punch Brothers. Stream the delicate "The New Ground" here first.


Wednesday, December 17 2014

James Apollo - "Ho Ho, Ho Hum" (video) (Premiere)

Grab a scotch, light up a cigar, and cozy yourself in the corner booth: James Apollo's "Ho Ho, Ho Hum" is the kind of holiday tune best suited for a '50s noir bar.


Wednesday, December 17 2014

Pinecones - "Sleep is Forget" (video)

With their debut LP Sings for You soon to get its vinyl release, Pinecones have prepared a droll video for the album cut "Sleep is Forget".


Tuesday, December 16 2014

Jake Xerxes Fussell - "Raggy Levy" (audio) (Premiere)

An ace student and connoisseur of American roots music and the blues, Jake Xerxes Fussell shows off his impressive chops on "Raggy Levy", the first track you can hear off his forthcoming self-titled LP.


Tuesday, December 16 2014

Milán - "DK6 (Stafford remix)" (audio) (Premiere)

Having just released her self-titled EP, Milán (Maria Neckam) has already got people remixing her tunes, including "DK6", here taken on by Stafford in a bouncy reinterpretation.


Wyland - "Shine" (audio) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [4.Dec.14]
Lowbanks - "Treatz" (audio) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [25.Nov.14]
Philip Glass - "Etude No. 16" (video) (Mixed Media) [3.Nov.14]
Pain of Salvation - "1979" (video) (Mixed Media) [30.Oct.14]
HAERTS - "Giving Up" (video) (Mixed Media) [30.Oct.14]
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) [19.Feb.13]
Lilacs & Champagne Announce New Album (Mixed Media) [15.Feb.13]
Autre Ne Veut - "Play by Play" (video) (Mixed Media) [29.Jan.13]
The 10 Best Oasis B-Sides (Sound Affects) [24.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) [10.Jan.12]
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