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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

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.


Monday, May 12 2014

The Knife and the Blood That Ensues: An Interview with Swans

PopMatters speaks with Swans frontman Michael Gira about the band's "joyous" new double LP, To Be Kind, covering everything from its undulating rhythms to its original titillating cover art.


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

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.


Wednesday, August 27 2014

Opeth: Pale Communion

Pale Communion is both the culmination of Opeth's journey toward classic progressive rock and its best work since Ghost Reveries.


Thursday, August 14 2014

Love Is Fetishistic in 'The Face of Love'

The Face of Love is a case of a compelling story that ended up in the wrong movie.


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

Wednesday, September 17 2014

'Psychedelic Planet' is a Grab Bag of Global Electronic Tunes (album stream) (Premiere)

The myriad sounds of world music and the creative impulses of the electronic remix come together in the eclectic hodgepodge Psychedelic Planet, out now through Six Degrees records.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

SILVA - "Ocean View" (album stream) (Premiere)

Brazilian dream-pop artist SILVA's latest album, Ocean View, offers the listener an inviting collection of dreamy, beach-worthy tunes.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

Claire London - "Cut the Strings" (audio) (Premiere)

The Imogen Heap-indebted electronic of Claire London's "Cut the Strings" is a powerful sample of what's to come on her new EP, Hit the Switch.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

Los Straitjackets - "Kawanga" (video) (Premiere)

Summer may have just finished, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't dive into a prime cut of surf rock like Los Straitjackets' retro ditty "Kawanga."


Tuesday, September 16 2014

Trigger Hippy - "Trigger Hippy" (album stream) (Premiere)

Anyone on the market for some unadulterated vintage rock and roll should give Trigger Hippy's self-titled LP a spin as fast as possible.


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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