John M. Tryneski

John has spent his whole life in and around Chicago, except for a five year sojourn to Beloit, Wisconsin where he studied History, Education and (especially) cheese. Like most humanities majors, he's still trying to find a way to turn his degree into money and spends his days writing rental contracts and planning events to pay the bills. John spends his free time enjoying Chicago's many wonderful craft beers, bemoaning the death of print culture and sending emails full of helpful suggestions to the GM of the White Sox which have so far gone strangely unanswered. He is on Twitter at @jmtryneski.

Features // 3 Articles
Reviews // 42 Articles
Blogs // 11 Articles

The Enemy Is Everywhere: The Top 10 Titus Andronicus Songs | 8 Sep 2015 // 2:50 AM

The definitive ranking of the 10 best songs from the first decade of New Jersey's own Post-Modern Lovers.

We Call It Living the Dream: An Interview with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin | 16 Sep 2013 // 1:15 AM

The acclaimed Missouri indie-poppers talk with PopMatters about whether to name a song "Harrison Ford" on their new album (they did), being forced to play a song on Russian television, and their love of J-Pop.


Barrence Whitfield and the Savages: Under the Savage Sky | 23 Aug 2015 // 8:20 PM

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages sound as wonderfully raw and unhinged as ever on their latest record. Hopefully it will find an audience to match.

'The End of Absence' Is an Argument to Turn Off and Tune In | 15 Oct 2014 // 1:30 AM

These days there's so much technodread floating around that you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a thinkpiece about how smartphones are ruining our minds.


The Autumn Stones - 'Escapists' (album stream) (premiere) | 29 Jun 2015 // 6:30 AM

The Toronto band sounds more seasoned on their new album Escapists, which has been four years in the making.

Epic - '#OPRAH' (album stream) (Premiere) | 7 Nov 2014 // 10:00 AM

On his first solo release, Epic (from the Chicago hip-hop maestros BBU) obliterates the boundary between personal and political.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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