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Jeffrey Thiessen
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I started writing about music the day I heard Ween’s GodWeenSatan album.  Since then I’ve had nearly a hundred articles published and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon.  Thanks for reading.  Feel free to email me about anything really, as long as you don’t pee in the shower and own at least one Jesus and Mary Chain record.


Features

Tuesday, November 26 2013

Purify: An Interview with Placebo

Placebo have been a cult band of reknown for years, but even after all this time, they are trying new things like taking guitars out of some songs completely, turning down offers to make more money, and loving their process more than ever.


Wednesday, October 2 2013

To Move With Purpose: An Interview with the Naked and Famous

They were on the cusp of a mainstream breakthrough, but the synth-drenched pop woes of the Naked and Famous make for a sound to behold, and they tell PopMatters all about the insanity that has lead them to their long-awaited sophomore LP ...


Monday, May 13 2013

"Good Intentions Evaporate Under Hot Lights": An Interview with the Breeders

They started out under the shadow of the Pixies, but Kim Deal's band the Breeders not only became a beloved indie-rock staple, they also broke wide into the mainstream with Last Splash, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Josephine Wiggs walks us through the album's creation, its new live legacy, and her feelings towards that little classic known as Pod.


Reviews

Thursday, November 14 2013

Frankie Rose: Herein Wild

Herein Wild skies above us and we owe it to ourselves to try and give it a reach and let us take it wherever it wants to take us.


Tuesday, May 28 2013

Tricky: False Idols

False Idols carries the credibility of a survivor, and is looking back honestly at the damage left by his journey.


Sunday, March 10 2013

David Bowie: The Next Day

The Next Day is tragic because this is the sound and words of a man who has become self-aware only after 40-plus years of making music.


Blogs

Tuesday, May 20 2014

A Strange and Surreal World: The Dandy Warhols and 'Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia'

After talking to the band, it’s impossible to see how Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia was created. But it’s probably best that way.


Wednesday, February 19 2014

Ambition Is the Last Refuge of the Failure

Sound Affects examines the recent trend of musical acts gaining popularity from word-of-mouth documentaries, using the cases of Death, Big Star, Anvil, and Rodriguez.


Thursday, February 28 2013

More Than Mental Masturbation: Honoring Pretension

There are very few negative adjectives more brutally crippling than "pretentious". Very few can whittle away any pleasure from that description, and it’s often the kiss of death word when analyzing anyone’s artistic work.


Thursday, January 24 2013

A Great Pop Album Nobody Liked: Tricky's 'Blowback'

Blowback is a pop album for the ages because like any great pop effort, it's based in the pleasure principle, but here Tricky takes it completely seriously.


Wednesday, November 21 2012

Down in It: The 20 Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

Fans should reasonably expect very little, if any, new Nine Inch Nails output in the near or distant future. Which means now is as good a time as any to get a little retrospective when it comes to trying to figure out Trent Reznor's best work within the NIN framework.


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