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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

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.


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.


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, 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.


Friday, October 24 2014

'The Affairs of Others' Is a Testament to the First-Person Narrative

Even when the voice of Amy Grace Loyd's narrator suffocates the reader, her excellent prose and perceptive observations continually bring the reader back into Celia's world.


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.


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

Thursday, November 20 2014

Bella Novela - "Four Walls" (audio) (Premiere)

The latest tune from the Long Beach trio Bella Novela, "Four Walls", is a classic rock-esque number in the vein of Heart and Pat Benatar with the tonality of a James Bond theme.


Wednesday, November 19 2014

Devin Sinha - "Lone Elm Road" (video) (Premiere)

Devin Sinha offers up the newest video from his latest studio outing, The Seventh Season, for the tune rockish folk of "Lone Elm Road".


Tuesday, November 18 2014

The Gibson Brothers - "Bye Bye Love" (audio) (Premiere)

With some ace bluegrass flatpicking and tender vocal harmonies, the Gibson Brothers' take on the Everly Brothers classic "Bye Bye Love" shows this reputable bluegrass group in fine form.


Tuesday, November 18 2014

Adria - "Pull Me Under" (audio) (Premiere)

Adria, one of the land down under's newest musical exports, offers up her moody first single "Pull Me Under" for streaming here at PopMatters.


Tuesday, November 18 2014

Paul Kelly - “Keep On Coming Back For More (feat. Clairy Brown)" (audio) (Premiere)

Soul singer Paul Kelly brings a whole bevy of talented singers to cover his tunes for his new album The Merri Soul Sessions. Powerhouse vocalist Clairy Brown gives a spirited rendition of "Keep On Coming Back for More".


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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