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Phil Mason

Philip Mason is a journalist, cultural critic, occasional musician and all-round good guy. He resides in lovely Brighton on the south coast of the UK. Follow him on Twitter - PhilipM@WellKnownGun


Features

Wednesday, July 9 2014

Hearts Alive: An Interview with Mastodon

Bassist for the Atlanta sludge metal monsters Troy Sanders discusses why Once More 'Round the Sun is simply the next logical step in the band's Go-Go's-loving journey.


Tuesday, May 6 2014

The Top Ten Most Exciting British Artists Playing at the Great Escape 2014

With the European South by Southwest about to start in Brighton, PopMatters gives you the heads-up about the UK acts to keep an eye on over the coming year.


Monday, May 5 2014

Keep on Moving: A Conversation with the Horrors

Speaking just before the release of their new album Luminous, PopMatters talks to the British alt-pop heavyweights the Horrors about artistic progression, the need to escape your influences, and the terrifying tedium of East London.


Sunday, April 20 2014

More Beautiful Blues: An Interview with Eels' Mark Oliver Everett

The Eels prime-mover answers questions about the band's new album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, which follows the tradition of other tragedy-driven greats in his storied and beautifully sorrowful discography.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

A Joyful Noise: An Interview with Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

PopMatters talks with the Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion (symbolic) front-man about why the apocalypse might not necessarily be all bad.


Reviews

Wednesday, May 1 2013

'Partrimilgrimage: The Alan Partridge Specials' Is Just About Worth the Journey

Steve Coogan's spoof radio DJ's latest outing -- released ahead of a feature film this summer -- is as clever as always. But isn't the joke getting a little old, now?


Wednesday, April 10 2013

Swans: 2 April 2013 - Brighton, UK

In the three years since they reformed, Swans have developed into arguably the best band in the world. This gig on the south coast of the UK found them in devastating form.


Sunday, March 31 2013

'Reality Kills': The Slasher Movie Gets House-Broken

This attempt to cross The Toolbox Murders with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is every bit as bad, but not nearly as funny, as it sounds.


Thursday, March 21 2013

The Haunted Darkroom: Don McCullin and the Nightmare of History

This fine documentary about the preeminent war photographer of the last half-century raises difficult questions about both art and journalism.


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