Articles tagged popmatters pick

3 Jun 2014 // 1:06 AM

Bob Mould: Beauty & Ruin

Legends like Bob Mould are held to a different standard, and Beauty & Ruin has just raised his bar higher.

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Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

For a genre that seems to be split between bubblegum and alternative, Sturgill Simpson is a breath of fresh air.

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28 Oct 2013 // 1:06 AM

John Newman: Tribute

The best new soul singer in a good long while has emerged from the Yorkshire Dales. Get ready. It's John Newman's world, we just live in it.

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23 Apr 2013 // 10:05 PM

Laura Stevenson: Wheel

Here's your apocalypse song. Laura Stevenson's stunning brand of Americana pop translates the 21st century breakdown into something worrying and sweetly touching.

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Mose Allison: The Way of the World

Blues/jazz icon returns with his first new disc in 12 years, a brilliant song cycle produced by Joe Henry.

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: I Learned the Hard Way

Those tough lessons have settled deep in Jones' voice; the hard rasp is sanded down some, the emotions subtler than on the previous record -- but perhaps more volatile in their restraint.

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5 Apr 2010 // 9:00 PM

Yoijimbo & Sanjuro

Humor and irony evoke moral complexity in these classic films, now available in a truly stunning Blu-Ray transfer from Criterion.

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The Thorn in the Heart (L’épine dans le coeur)

The film watches mother and son looking back, their interconnected but also disparate processes made visible in interviews, home movies, and reenactments.

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Black Tambourine: Black Tambourine

Black Tambourine's self-titled, appended reissue of their entire output is indispensable listening for anyone with even a passing interest in indie pop's past or current renaissance.

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31 Mar 2010 // 9:00 PM

Autechre: Oversteps

Oversteps is nothing less than Autechre's latest masterpiece.

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Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh

You may not want to fall in love with this 21st century siren, but chances are good that you will. That is, if you know what's good for ya.

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29 Mar 2010 // 9:00 PM

Mad Men: Season Three

It's not for nothing that the bleak, animated intro shows a man in a suit falling from an office tower into a heap of broken images, only to wind up sitting comfortably, smoking, staring away from us into a blank nothingness.

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The Ticking is the Bomb by Nick Flynn

Flynn’s obsessive nature may force his locomotive mind off the rails, but he dutifully and beautifully records what’s illuminated by the sparks.

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25 Mar 2010 // 9:00 PM

Hicksville

This is an angry little beauty of a book that becomes a meditation on the frustrations of artistic vision.

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Breaking Bad: Season Three Premiere

The subtext that makes Breaking Bad both enthralling and often unbearable to watch is that Walt is becoming who he always was.

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24 Mar 2010 // 2:33 AM

Bulletproof Salesman

Contemplating his status as a war profiteer, armored vehicle salesman Fidelis Cloer is at once practical and philosophical.

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22 Mar 2010 // 9:00 PM

Scuba: Triangulation

Triangulation finds common ground for dark house, garage, and dubstep amid a vastly compelling brew of melody and jarring flourishes.

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Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season

In short order, Breaking Bad not only surpassed Mad Men in quality and storytelling; it is, without question, the best show on television.

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Toy Story (1995) / Toy Story 2 (1999): Blu-ray

At this point in the critical game, does Pixar and its premiere franchise, Toy Story, really need defending? Do you really need another writer waxing

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11 Mar 2010 // 9:45 PM

Bioshock 2

The way that the player serves as a role model through the choices made throughout the game will ultimately contribute to the identity of his daughter. This is a game, then, about parenting and how modelling choices effect generations to come.

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Country Fried Rock: Year of October

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"When you dive into Bandcamp to find new music outside of your normal circles, you sometimes hit paydirt. Enter: Year of October.

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