Articles tagged popmatters pick

15 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Peel Sessions by Ken Garner

The appendices alone, which include the complete “Festive Fifties” and “Peelenium”, qualify The Peel Sessions as an instant inductee into the Rock Book Hall of Fame.

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Lonely Drifter Karen: Grass Is Singing

An ex-pat Austrian, an Italian, and a Mallorcan make the most convincing argument yet for Barcelona as Europe’s city of multiculturalism.

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Martha Wainwright: I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too

Martha Wainwright lives up to her DNA on an intensely moving sophomore album.

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Sound Unbound by Paul D. Miller (editor), Steve Reich (Introduction)

One contribution to the collection is a discussion of Keith’s sonic portrait, "Sexmachines", a triptych based on multiple recordings of the sounds made by a vibrator, a dildo, and an anal plug.

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4 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Opeth: Watershed

Nine albums in, and Opeth has still shown no signs of running out of ideas.

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4 Jun 2008 // 2:38 AM

Operation Filmmaker

Engaging, provocative, and often discomforting, Operation Filmmaker reveals increasing tensions between Muthana and his would-be benefactors, including filmmaker Nina Davenport.

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1 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

The boys' voices rarely go where you'd expect, but upon even one play-through, you can't imagine them going anywhere else.

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29 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Shearwater: Rook

Following the critically acclaimed Palo Santo, Shearwater raises the bar with Rook.

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The BellRays: Hard, Sweet and Sticky

Not for the faint-hearted, nor the recently heartbroken -- but if you're neither, this dynamite disc is one slice of maximum R&B you cannot afford to miss out on.

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The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage du ballon rouge)

In Hou Hsiao-hsien's first French film, interactions are mirrored and refracted, images of images, reflections of longing.

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Standard Operating Procedure

Errol Morris' new documentary, Standard Operating Procedure, remembers the pictures' effects -- the shock, the outrage, and the anger that greeted their release.

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30 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Criminal Vol. 2

With its second story-arc it has cemented itself as one of the best modern books and, likely, as one that will long be regarded as an example of the medium's artistic potential.

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29 Apr 2008 // 10:01 PM

Santogold: Santogold

This is the soda shack where punk and electronica meet the rhythm of a diasporic dub addiction.

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27 Apr 2008 // 10:01 PM

Portishead: Third

Over a decade in the making, this legendary UK trio has buried trip-hop under a pile of creepy analog gear with their painfully long awaited third (duh) album.

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Carole King: Tapestry

Tapestry: Legacy Edition is the definitive genuflection to Carole King's 1971 masterpiece. Nearly 40 years later, it's still a thrill to feel the earth move.

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Corporate Warriors by P. W. Singer

By refusing to cast himself as a finger-wagging scold on the subject of military contractors, Singer’s concerns have all that much more power.

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Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds

Inserting cartoonish characters into luscious, realistic environments is all part of the Hot Shots aesthetic, and for some reason it just works.

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23 Apr 2008 // 10:03 PM

Robyn: Robyn

Nearly three years after its initial Swedish release, one of the best records of 2005 finally gets an official, slightly reworked, U.S. issue.

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Los Campesinos!: Hold on Now, Youngster…

Here's a riddle for you: How is a promising Welsh septet like an American political candidate?

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Dazzle Ships

OMD's concept album about Cold War-era technology and tension was a flop upon its original release in 1983. But seen through modern eyes, it's a brilliant precursor to OK Computer.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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