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Brice Ezell
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Brice Ezell is Assistant Editor at 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, February 16 2015

A Call for the Academy to Reconceptualize the Best Original Score Category

So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night.


Monday, January 26 2015

‘Philosophy Bites Again’ Is a True Philosophical Gourmet

This is a dinner party in book form, although with topics such as torture, group agency, hate speech, and the afterlife, it's not for the absent-minded.


Sunday, January 11 2015

'Collected Poems' Captures the Vibrant Life of a Great Poet

Mark Strand's death in December 2014 casts a different light on his newest poetry volume, as it now carries the weight of summarizing a life in writing.


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.


Reviews

Tuesday, March 31 2015

The Nuclear Family Dies at the 'River's Edge'

This mid-'80s obscurity is a chilling depiction of the violence amongst those who find themselves on the fringes of society's moral landscape.


Sunday, March 29 2015

Revenge Travels South in 'Ride the Pink Horse'

This oft-overlooked desert noir illustrates the residual violence of post-war America, where paranoia and deception abound.


Thursday, March 26 2015

Liturgy: The Ark Work

Religious music, black metal, electronic, and 8-bit all come together in this bizarre yet ultimately captivating philosophical tome from Liturgy.


Monday, March 16 2015

James Franco and Seth Rogen Meet 'Call of Duty' in 'The Interview'

Even if Sony had pulled off a successful marketing gambit with The Interview, they couldn't have masked that this is a genuinely unfunny film.


Sunday, March 8 2015

Too Much Is Adrift in 'Every Man for Himself'

In his examination of the social isolation caused by capitalism, Jean-Luc Godard wanders too far off into the cerebral.


Sumac: The Deal [19.Feb.15]
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, April 1 2015

Beware of Darkness - "M E D U S A" (video) (Premiere)

A beautiful and melancholy baritone guitar captivates on this stripped-down take of a tune from Beware of Darkness' latest mixtape, Sanctuary Season.


Wednesday, April 1 2015

No Dry Country - "The Night Before" (video) (Premiere)

For rock 'n' roll with a dash of country twang, No Dry Country's "The Night Before" will hit the spot just right.


Wednesday, April 1 2015

Chris Stamey - "Universe-sized Arms" (audio) (Premiere)

North Carolina singer/songwriter Chris Stamey got a chance to play around with unreleased Ryan Adams track. The result is the straightforward alt-rock of "Universe-sized Arms".


Wednesday, April 1 2015

Triumph of the Wild - "Brown Dog Blues" (audio) (Premiere)

With a late '60s/early '70s bluesy rock 'n' roll style that brings Creedence Clearwater Revival to mind, "Brown Dog Blues" is a cool throwback tune.


Tuesday, March 31 2015

Umami - 'Ephemeral' (album stream) (Premiere)

With Ephemeral, the Minneapolis group Umami has concocted a mad scientist's stew of synth-pop, dance rock, and a smattering of other sounds.


FKA twigs - "Glass & Patron" (video) (Mixed Media) [23.Mar.15]
The Rua - "I'm OK" (video) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [4.Mar.15]
BoDeans - "Slave" (audio) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [27.Feb.15]
Looms - "Sunshine" (audio) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [26.Feb.15]
Mirk - "Let It Go" (audio) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [23.Feb.15]
The Rua - "Follow" (video) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [18.Feb.15]
The Rua - "Standout" (video) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [11.Feb.15]
KNTRLR - "Halogen" (audio) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [30.Jan.15]
decker - "O.D.B." (video) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [28.Jan.15]
Bjørn Torske - "Eight Years" (audio) (Mixed Media) [16.Jan.15]
Pinecones - "Sleep is Forget" (video) (Mixed Media) [17.Dec.14]
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) [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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