Articles tagged popmatters pick

Frontline: The Old Man and the Storm

Incisive, heartrending, and beautifully crafted, The Old Man and the Storm reflects on how the "crippled city [has struggled] to right itself," despite insurmountable odds.

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12 Dec 2008 // 3:00 AM

Wendy and Lucy

Surviving traumas, Wendy (Michelle Williams) serves as both detailed portrait and metaphorical expanse. Her pain is specific but also vague, her loss exact and all-encompassing.

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Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings

A legend's output is doubled with stellar results.

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7 Dec 2008 // 9:00 PM

Jurassic 5: J5

If you somehow missed J5, maybe it's for the better now that you can experience this outstanding debut with a bunch of extra goodies.

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Pavement: Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition

Brighten the Corners focused in a way that showed the band not bucking the burdens of indie rock off their backs, as they did on Wowee Zowee, but setting them aside to make a great record.

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R.E.M. : Murmur (Deluxe Edition)

It all began with one weird little album with a weird little cover, with weird little songs sung by a weird guy who couldn’t even enunciate properly.

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21 Nov 2008 // 2:59 AM

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

In Nerakhoon, Thavi's memories are both poetic and harsh, tied up in the war he left behind but also never escaped.

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Gomez : Bring It On: 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Gomez, like the Beatles, hijack the warm russet tones of Americana, but adapt these elements to a British perspective.

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Ry Cooder: The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed

Listening to UFO as a whole over a steady period reveals its final strength: It's definitely an album, not just a sturdy hodgepodge.

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Cheap Trick: Budokan!: 30th Anniversary Edition

One of rock's all-time classic concert LPs is expanded, remastered, redoubled, posterized, essayfied, and videotastically ultra-enhanced. In a word: Budokan!

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The Smiths: The Sound of the Smiths

The Smiths "re-package" themselves on this definitive single-disc encapsulation of one of the '80s best underground bands. A two-CD deluxe edition adds rarities, worthy b-sides, and some great album tracks.

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Buena Vista Social Club: At Carnegie Hall

At Carnegie Hall staunchly carries with it the brand characteristics that launched this cultural exchange.

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Snow Patrol: A Hundred Million Suns

Whether or not this album contains a hit as massive as "Chasing Cars", it's a confident, balanced work of mass art with only extremely minor flaws.

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Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison Legacy Edition

The legendary Man in Black's most iconic live album finally gets the reissue it deserves in this beautiful box set showcasing both performances that went down behind the walls of the prison that scored him his first hit record.

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Life on Mars: Series Premiere

Harvey Keitel makes a great entrance in Life on Mars. You expect as much, of course, because he's Harvey Keitel. But it is truly great.

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5 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Lambchop: OH (ohio)

This might be the best country record of 2008. Or maybe it's the best soul record of 2008. Or the best folk record. Who knows? Lambchop has never cared much for genres.

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21 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

TV on the Radio: Dear Science

The NYC band's dense sound is all one, a sonic totality of post-industrial digi-funk and the paranoid, lovesick blues of the Information Age.

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17 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

Shugo Tokumaru: Exit

Astounding, intelligent, quirky pop from Japan.

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Okkervil River: The Stand Ins

Okkervil River is poised for greatness and The Stand Ins may very well be the record to take them there.

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1 Sep 2008 // 9:00 AM

No End in Sight

Now that "the "surge is working" and the Bush Administration is again claiming foresight, expertise, and accomplishment, it seems a good time to re-see Charles Ferguson’s smart, meticulous documentary No End in Sight.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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