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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

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.


Tuesday, December 3 2013

Searching For the Old(er) Soul Rebel: An Interview with Dexys' Kevin Rowland

Following the US release of new Dexys album One Day I'm Going to Soar, Kevin Rowland talks about why it took so long to get back in the studio, the benefits of meditation, and why he's not your friend.


Sunday, November 3 2013

The Modern Dance: Daft Punk Gives Music Back to Life

In the quietly experimental Random Access Memories, the androids have inverted postmodernism to make something not just pretty, but something pretty useful, too.


Tuesday, October 29 2013

King of America: An Interview with Dave Stewart

In a conversation sparked by his new album Lucky Numbers the ex-Eurythmic discusses why you don't need to be glum to write glum, the benefits of recording in Nashville and why Miley Cyrus is absolutely nothing like Wendy O. Williams


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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